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Swedish House Mafia hit up Toronto on farewell tour

Posted by Guest Contributor / February 25, 2013

swedish house mafia torontoAfter five years of worldwide touring, collaborations with the likes of Pharrell, Coldplay, and Knife Party, and massive hits like "Save the World" and "Don't You Worry Child," Swedish House Mafia are hanging it up to pursue new ventures. To SHM, that means going out with a two month, 27 show tour of South Africa, Australia and North America. Toronto's first of two back-to-back shows was Friday in the giant Rogers Centre for an energetic 16+ crowd of house fans, opened by the trio's long time friend Otto Jettman (of Otto Knows).

swedish house mafia torontoSwedish House Mafia opened the show by jumping straight into the epic hit "Greyhound," sending the massive coat check line streaming towards the dancefloor, with hundreds still lined up outside the venue. Despite its many entrances and immense size, the Rogers Centre can still be easily choked with partygoers on a deadline. Fans were slick and stylish, cold and coatless, but mostly dayglow and neon. Clothing was kept to a minimum and energy at a maximum.

The crowd was feeling the love as "Don't You Worry Child" hit the air and the communal mood was uplifted with revellers swaying and hugging as the tune swept over the stadium. Emotion and spirits were high with smiles all around as the trio stood high above the crowd in their LED-screened megastructure stage and presided over the multitudes.

swedish house mafia toronto"Antidote" brought the vibe to an electrical storm, as feet left the floor and hands filled the air during the show's second half. Swedish House Mafia even sprinkled in some much-loved Moombahton with Nadastrom's "!ll," and the surprise made my night.

When "Save the World" hit the speakers the crowd exploded with appreciation, and a chorus of voices belted out the anthem along with the speakers, carrying the song as Swedish House Mafia cut the audio and let the voices take over.

All the hits from SHM's final album Until Now were in the mix. Superbly blended and sprinkled with more than a few 'don't collapse on us' breaks, the beats were hot and heavy, though at points the hits got barely more than a minute's play.

swedish house mafia torontoBalloons, confetti, lasers, pyrotechnics and enormous video screens combined to create the ultimate farewell party. All the ingredients of a killer show were fully in play and the crowd ate it up.

Writing by Steve Pereira. Photos by Brian Morton



Stilez / February 25, 2013 at 09:08 am
Extremely impressed by the lights/lasers, visuals & pyrotechnics. The show's production was 'rock star status'. Well done by Live Nation/Electronic Nation & all who were involved. I got a good solid 20min worth of video to give you a better idea of the 3 things I just mentioned
Chris / February 25, 2013 at 09:21 am
Sounds like it was a hell of a party, sorry I missed it
Duck Sauce replying to a comment from Stilez / February 25, 2013 at 09:57 am
Um, excuse me Mr. Stilez but your video is only 18:29 in length. Please refrain from exaggeration in the future.

ps. prrpbbtt
Stilez replying to a comment from Duck Sauce / February 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

I stand erected ...err mean corrected.
Emz replying to a comment from Stilez / February 25, 2013 at 10:32 am
stilez.. always looking to sex things up a notch .. even 1m:31s worth of it

heh ehh.. well ;)
Rick / February 25, 2013 at 11:24 am
Pretty decent "gino beats" i'll give it that much.
Reformatt / February 25, 2013 at 07:19 pm
great pics BlogTO! I love the article, here are my 2 cents from the event: they were so fantastic, I had to create my own compilation.
StillBeatz / February 25, 2013 at 08:14 pm
Awesome show. Found out that Don't Worry Child is one of the most played songs on the radio.
A replying to a comment from StillBeatz / February 25, 2013 at 08:55 pm
That song is something like 3x platinum in Canada.
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