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Event space above SPiN hosts new night market

Posted by Guest Contributor / February 4, 2013

2nd floor eventsMIDNGHT MRKT started long before midnight on Friday and lasted into the wee hours. An artisanal night market featuring smart DJs, vintage clothing, Canadiana, street art, and delicious food, it presented a killing combo of hip style and eccentric feel that drove the night from standard-street-market into late-night-dance-party within only a couple hours.

But how does that happen? Other than through the lubrication of alcohol, I mean. Well it seems that the theme of the night sprung out of: "What would Berlin do?" That's what DJ Johnny Hockin asked himself before suggesting to Lucie Tic - the event organizer - that they put on a night market. The aim was to create a cool, locally-focused event that would bring together different small and fractured cultural communities in Toronto - music, dance, art, and fashion.

2nd floor eventsAnd judging by the response, they succeeded. Hundreds of black-coated Torontonians passed through 2nd Floor Events during the night. 2nd Floor Events is owned by Ryan Fisher, the heart and mind behind ping-pong social club SPiN, and sports a modern and clean style (with touches of retro) that suited the MRKT perfectly.

2nd floor eventsBy close to midnight, more than 475 people had come through and around 200 were milling around, scoping out the booths, and grooving to the music. The drink of choice appeared to be the Manhattan - this was not your PBR crowd - and the music brought out the best in everyone.

2nd floor eventsJohnny Hockin opened the night with "subtle dance music," hitting his stride with melodious, chill techno that would getting your fingers tapping unconsciously as you browsed the vintage jewellery and old Leafs jerseys. "This is my moment to play this and have people vibe out," Hockin said as he twisted knobs. That seemed to be the aim of the game throughout the night, as the sound kept moving the energy forward.

2nd floor eventsFormer local Toronto DJ Neoteric, newly back from Berlin, brought his distinct style to floor, and towards midnight, Lucie Tic took the reigns of the music, shifting down into some deep house peppered with hip hop and new indie pieces.

2nd floor eventsDrinks and conversations swirled around me as I browsed the wares on offer and feasted on tasty cupcakes, humungous macaroons, and yummy street food. Among all this, Lucie and I chatted about the movement toward buying local and how "the whole DIY attitude of music is also a park of the marketplace and retail" - an attitude that this event tapped into.

2nd floor events"People are quietly protesting in a subtle Canadian way," Lucie remarked, though she immediately corrected herself, saying that it was not necessarily a Canadian thing. It seems that the support for local and quality things - be it food, music, art - has become a more universal movement in the globally situated way of life, and this monthly event is one lucky, Toronto manifestation of that.

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Alx / February 4, 2013 at 10:02 am
Despite what "nght mrkt" branders would have you believe vowels are still extremely cool. My eyes just rolled to the back of my head when I read this.
Cyril Sneer replying to a comment from Alx / February 4, 2013 at 11:34 am
Ditto. It comes across as extremely contrived.
mtth replying to a comment from Alx / February 4, 2013 at 02:53 pm
Okay, AlEx.
A / February 4, 2013 at 03:40 pm
Ugh, this just looks boring
Irina / February 4, 2013 at 03:52 pm
Cool! Have to go there and take a look! )) Thanks for the info!
yaya / February 4, 2013 at 04:23 pm
Oh you scenesters!

What a terrific idea.
Benedict / February 4, 2013 at 04:35 pm
Looks good! I would check this out.

Ten bucks you sent this article to your fwends with your "boring" comment and said "ugh, check out how boring this looks". Cool.
Miss Kriss / February 4, 2013 at 04:52 pm
lol / February 4, 2013 at 05:47 pm
forced condo culture for losers.... laptop djs... banana republic shirts, hell
lowrez / February 4, 2013 at 06:46 pm
this is what it's like to be "the cool kids" through the eyes of a 905 expat
Welllll / February 4, 2013 at 06:50 pm
Seems like a fun evening, not sure why it would get so much hate - I guess you can't please everyone after all.
Inkyjoel replying to a comment from mtth / February 4, 2013 at 07:22 pm
What a dope. Alx with no vowels.
Schadenfreude / February 4, 2013 at 07:56 pm
"What would Berlin do?"
Dil / February 4, 2013 at 08:01 pm
The cynicism is unfortunate. This is a Fashion and Pop Culture event that celebrates local artists. It's a positive space showcasing people who are passionately working at building their own brands and own markets. You can slap it with any word you want, but at the end of the day it's an innocent, local event trying to make a name for itself in an incredibly difficult industry. Supporting our local talent is integral to maintaining the social and cultural fabric of an evolving city like Toronto. And as for the name - it's really just trendy, that's all it is. It's not attempting to be anything other than itself, it's marketing.
Inkyjoel replying to a comment from Dil / February 4, 2013 at 08:43 pm
Finally someone who is sensible and not angry at the world or dissatisfied with their existence.
Inkyjoel replying to a comment from A / February 4, 2013 at 09:08 pm
I'm sure you're a big hit.
jigga / February 4, 2013 at 09:54 pm
the comments here made my day ... so much hate!
Aaron / February 5, 2013 at 01:18 am
Lks lke t shld b clld "Wht Mrkt" bcs thy r mstly ll wht pple!
positive / February 5, 2013 at 03:03 am
This is actually pretty cool. It's different and a much better option than hanging out anywhere else on King Street at that time of the evening. I can't see myself going to this on a regular basis but as a resident of the area, I'm very excited to check out the next event!
Sharky / February 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm
This was a great event, loved it. Music was too loud, hard to talk. Would love to check out the next one. Discovered NoZO clothing, it was awesome.
Mohamud Bulle / February 6, 2013 at 12:25 am
Hey, it was a japanese title, thats why its disemvowelled. *drumroll+cymbal*
Rob / February 6, 2013 at 04:26 pm
Ha, you guys are funny. Lighten up. Or maybe nobody should do anything fun, or different, you know, so that way you won't have to roll your eyes at it. I went, it was cool, better than spending a night at a bar shoulder to shoulder with all y'all anyway.
TOrocks / January 24, 2014 at 02:29 pm
Wow...there are far too many super cool or whatever the he*l you've labelled yourselves. Wait labels are so passé. I'm just repeating what's already been said but this is a local event to promote local talent. WTH is wrong with that ? To Mr. Banana Republic shirt...why don't you put your money where your mouth is, bring your vintage shirt wearing azz to the market and get a locally designed and made shirt. January is crappy enough! Bring a positive attitude !
izzy / March 7, 2014 at 02:00 am
sounds like like sum yuppie bizznezz to mee

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