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The top 5 dance parties in Toronto March 2014

Posted by Benjamin Boles / February 28, 2014

Toronto Dance Parties March 2014Toronto dance parties to have on your radar this March.

March is an unpredictable month for dance parties. On one hand, the weather is finally starting to heat up, resulting in clubs often benefiting from all that spring fever. On the downside, the annual Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival in Miami tend to keep many of the biggest names in electronic music occupied, not to mention how many locals also make the trek south. Nevertheless, there's no shortage of big parties to hit up this March across a wide variety of genres.

Jimpster / March 1st / venue TBA / 10pm / $20
UK deep house DJ/producer Jimpster is the son of jazz musician parents, and he brings much of that sense of musicality to both his DJ sets and productions as well as the music he releases on his label Freerange. This event is at an undisclosed secret location for extra old school warehouse authenticity, so make sure you get on the mailing list if you want to attend.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton / March 6th / Coda / 10pm / $20
Stones Throw Records enjoys a cult-like following among underground hip hop heads, and for good reason. The label (founded by Peanut Butter Wolf) has been home to legendary acts like J Dilla, Madvillain, Aloe Blacc and many more, and is the subject of a new film called Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, which screens March 6 at the Bloor Cinema. As you may have already guessed, the event of the same name later that night at Coda is the official afterparty, and features DJ sets by Peanut Butter Wolf, J. Rocc, Jonwayne, and Knxwledge.

A Tribe Called Red / March 7th / Hoxton / 10pm / $25
Ottawa DJ collective A Tribe Called Red have been enjoying an extremely busy year thanks to the success of their second album Nation II Nation, which got them nominated for two Junos this year. Their reworkings of powwow music with club friendly beats has a timely political undercurrent, but their gigs are still full on parties.

Foundry / March 14th to April 5 / Tower Automotive 99 Sudbury / 10pm / $99.50 series pass, $19.50-$49.50 single nights
Last year Foundry took over Blk Box for a month, and brought together a wide network of underground dance music promoters and scenesters to throw an eclectic mini-festival. This year they have an even more impressive venue: the Tower Automotive Building (recently used for the Promise Heart Party) (moved to) 99 Sudbury, and another talent-stacked lineup, including the unpredictable experimentalist Four Tet, Detroit techno veteran Carl Craig, UK house pioneer DJ Harvey, and Canadian electronic duo Purity Ring.

Kraftwerk / March 29th / Sony Centre for the Performing Arts / 7:30pm / $71.65 - $99.64
Given the venue, there probably won't be that much actual dancing in the audience for Kraftwerk's highly anticipated 3D concert, but since electronic dance music wouldn't exist without them, we couldn't omit this one. The original robot band, and a huge part of why drum machines are so important to both hip hop and techno.

Photo of Foundry 2013 by Conrad McGee-Stocks



barry / February 28, 2014 at 09:01 am
I don't think kraftwerk is going to be much of a dance party....
Bleep / February 28, 2014 at 01:07 pm
How can an article about the top 5 dance parties miss including Toronto Bass Week ( An entire week/two weekends dedicated solely to electronic music and you don't even include it in the article. Fail.
Malcolm / February 28, 2014 at 01:33 pm
Agreed on Bass Week! Appreciate the dance muzak love blogto generally disperses but Bass Week is arguably the biggest and best thing happening in T.O. this month... and I'm not even much of a D&B fan.
jay / February 28, 2014 at 02:11 pm
Top ten according to whom? The promoters?

EZ / February 28, 2014 at 02:20 pm
The absence of Bass Week on this list is definitely a large miss on this blog. Most of the DJs/producers coming here for Bass Week continue on to Ultra Miami the same weekend.
Malcolm replying to a comment from jay / February 28, 2014 at 02:24 pm
Top ten according to your comical reading skills
Ilgustavo / February 28, 2014 at 04:46 pm
Look: March 1 ADAM BEYER Duh!
And KRAFTWERK, Sony Centre, is not remotely a "dance party".
Grizzy / March 1, 2014 at 08:06 am

another reader here disappointed there is no Bass Week mentioned.
Danny / March 1, 2014 at 01:04 pm
You missed Adam Beyer tonight which is probably the most anticipated techno event of the year to date at Coda.

Also you're logic about WMC is incorrect. Having all those Djs in Miami (3 hr flight) actually gives us the potential for more shows because you have so much talent centred such a short distance away.
Jorge / March 4, 2014 at 11:03 am
...and what about the Canadian Debut of the contemporary Acid House/Techno mastermind **TIN-MAN (Live)*** at Wrongbar March 27th
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