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Kid Koala at The Boiler House

Posted by John Hargraft / August 19, 2008

Kid Koala,toronto,the boiler house I went to check out Kid Koala and iNSiDEaMiND on Saturday night at The Boiler House, in the Distillery District. I was amazed with how lively and busy it was there at 10pm. The Boiler House (also known as Building 46) is gorgeous inside with its warm red brick walls, and huge timber supports. The room seems cavernous and industrial, but is actually very cozy when it starts to fill with patrons.

The DJ booth was at least ten feet off the ground and set left of the main bar. There were four or five turntables set up for the opening act iNSiDEaMiND. These two Torontonians played a theatrical set, engaging the crowd while showing off their amazing skills.

The Boiler House,torontoComposed of Professor Fingers and Steptone, IaM make ambient music/noise using their turntables as instruments. I really enjoyed their performance, especially when they donned ninja masks and proceeded to cut and scratch the records to make classic kung-fu sounds (all while they sparred on stage).

Between sets, I wandered out to the very large courtyard style patio. With outside bars, plenty of seating, and full flowerpots, this may be one of the nicest patios in the city.

Kid Koala was just coming on to the stage as I made my way back into the venue. The Boiler House was getting filling at this point, and the crowd was ready to consume whatever Kid Koala would dish out.

Kid Koala has never disappointed me in the few times I have been lucky enough to take in one of his shows. His sound is definitely his own - comprised of some of the best scratching and mixing on the planet, along with hip-hop beats, jazz samples, breaks, and heavy rock guitars.

Many DJs use computers or other electronic devices to make their music, but not Kid Koala - he's all about records, records and more records. It is amazing to watch how fast he switches them without missing a beat or mix.

Being able to dance right in front and get back to view the action from up on the second floor overlooking everything was also a huge plus. I'm not sure how often this type of show will be put on at this venue, but this time it really worked. Everybody I spoke to thought it was fantastic as well.


Photography by Hargraftphotography
Video by Frank Lemire



syncros / August 19, 2008 at 01:37 pm
That was a great show. I enjoyed iNSIDEaMiND, too bad they didn't get proper volume though. Kid Koala just destroyed the appreciative crowd though. The kid is a legend for good reason. I liked his rendition of Moon River especially.
Jerrold / August 19, 2008 at 01:53 pm
He's still doing the Moon River thing, eh?
Trevor Leahey / August 19, 2008 at 05:10 pm
I thought iNSIDEaMiND played some good tunes but i was not a fan of their theatrical routine... it felt like it was geared for an audience composed of 6 year olds.
Corina / August 19, 2008 at 05:53 pm
Hehe, KidKoala looks so old!!! (relatively speaking)
slipperypants / August 20, 2008 at 09:25 am
I agree great show and i think the theatrics helped as it was a 'stand and look' crowd rather than a super-dancey crowd.
John@ Boiler Repair / January 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm
I enjoyed one show of Kid Koala.Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ who has made a name for himself not only with his music, but also with his visual art.I like his art too much.The Boiler House venue one of the best place which i always like.
Jennifer@ Gift in Bangladesh / January 17, 2013 at 01:19 am
DJ Kid Koala is in Toronto and played a unique show at The Boiler House.The Boiler House has occasionally staged jazz and blues acts, which Kid Koala can certainly delve into....
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