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Rusko brings his dubstep dance party to Toronto

Posted by Melody Brown / May 9, 2012

rusko toronto sound academyIt's official: dubstep has become mainstream. There've been many musicians and entertainers across the world who've endeavoured to bring widespread attention to the wobbly drum-and-bass-enhanced tones, and last night's Rusko show at Sound Academy solidified the popularity of the once-underground genre.

rusko dubstep torontoAfter the standard Polson Pier strip search, I transitioned from the fresh air on a quiet Tuesday evening into the flashy, furry realm of upbeat dub. The shirts were off, the Uggs were hopping, and the glow sticks kept the party light. At one point, a man in a furry dog costume--who knew Furry Fandom and dubstep shared realms--and asked if I wanted a drink. I declined, fearing the thought of it coming in a tin bowl. Lycra, leather, lace, and latex were the fabrics of choice and most people--expecting a non-stop dance party--wore very little of it.

rusko concert sound academy may 8And dance was what they did. Rusko's unstoppable energy was infectious. He bounced around the entire time, giving shout-outs to the crowd and playing hits like Somebody to Love and Everyday.

rusko concert may torontoWith few breaks between songs, people were dancing for over two hours and loved every minute of it.

rusko sound academy torontoFrom rhythm-paced fist pumps to vicious moves requiring many feet of personal space, dubstep invited all dance preferences and required dancers to leave all shame at the door. Sound Academy was near-full, which is more than impressive for a late-night show on a Tuesday.

rusko sound academyRusko's wobbles continue to gain mainstream popularity and I can only imagine what the crowd will be like at his next Toronto show. If you've got the urge to dress like the guys from LMFAO and going to an awesome dance party, your cravings will be satisfied at a Rusko show.

Photos by Brian Morton



Neil / May 9, 2012 at 02:48 pm
The embedded track is a remix by another artist
UR SMRRT replying to a comment from Neil / May 9, 2012 at 03:10 pm
That's why it's labelled as a Netsky remix.
Melody / May 9, 2012 at 03:22 pm
The official song can be found here:;ob=av2e
Alex replying to a comment from Neil / May 9, 2012 at 03:26 pm
Thanks for pointing this out. It's been fixed.
keven / May 9, 2012 at 04:37 pm
Dear blogTO:

This is exactly why musicians/producers move AWAY from Toronto.

Would it kill you guys to feature somebody ACTUALLY from Toronto? We have international headliners right here. But now they've moved away, because they get no love here.

XI - Look him up. xidubs on FB

I mean if BBC Radio one, can give kudos to this talent why can't a local?
John replying to a comment from keven / May 9, 2012 at 05:18 pm
I believe blogTO covers a ton of Toronto artists:

Other Canadian artists in there as well, Kid Koala and Plants and Animals recently played shows here for example.

And that's just in the last month!

A balance between local talent and talent playing locally is a good thing.

I loved the show last night, and I'm glad they covered it.

Can't please everybody.
Chewbaka / May 9, 2012 at 05:56 pm
Dubstep is mainstream now? Oh and its because Rusko is playing at the docks on a tuesday!

Get a fucking grip, you donkeys at blogto dont know the first thing about music, edm or dubstep. Dubstep got mainstream when you started hearing it in car commercials or when Britney Spears put it on her album.

Nero was at the same venue last long weekend on a Friday and it was just as packed.
lol replying to a comment from Chewbaka / May 9, 2012 at 06:10 pm
Please dont give us a EDC lecture and try to back it up with junk like Nero..... Rusko trying to make as much $$$ as he can before he is irrelevant, can't blame him, if you want to go to a REAL dubstep show tho look up 40hz Productions Jenn does it proper
Chris / May 9, 2012 at 06:47 pm
was at the show last night in front row... any one know which company did the actual pictures to possibly pay for some prints?
Brian Morton replying to a comment from Chris / May 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm
Hi Chris,

You managed to find me via email, but I'll answer more publicly for anyone else interested:

There were a number of photogs working from various media outlets, so nobody would be able to assemble a list like that for you (aside from Google, perhaps).

If anyone else is interested in more photos from the show, or other events blogTO has covered, feel free to check out my flickr:
Marcus / May 10, 2012 at 07:39 am
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