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Honest Ed's backs out of underground charity party

Posted by Aubrey Jax / August 14, 2014

DudeboxBad news for Toronto's party scene: that way-fun dudely party in the Honest Ed's underground parking lot has been re-located due to concerns from Ed's general manager Russell Lazar. Lazar caught wind of all the attention the party was getting and was surprised that the promoters expected up to 1,400 dancers.

While Lazer says might let Dudebox come back to Ed's someday (meaning, I'm sure, someday before condos take over), Friday's party has been moved to 99 Sudbury, and the event has been renamed "99 Problems But a Venue Ain't One." Next time they should just have a party under a bridge like the rest of us trolls.

While this seems like another occurrence of why Toronto can't have nice things (look out for our list of the top 50 reasons Toronto can't have nice things), in light of the tragedies at Downsview's VELD Fest, his concerns can be understood.

Matt Powell of Dudebox explained the unique situation: "because we usually have these events in unconventional spaces, we normally deal with people who are not used to throwing parties. Sometimes this works to our benefit, and other times it's detrimental. The only events Lazar had done were some Fringe ones, with maybe 200 people."

"An event space manager that is used to parties would have been able to adapt to the large amount of people (as we did by upping our SOP, getting more security and bar staff, getting the blessing of Mike Layton and the residents associations in the area, etc.). To be fair, even we were unaware it would get so large. But where we adapted, he was unable or unwilling to."

Many will gripe - and rightly so - about the loss of the amazing party venue on the 15th, but don't lose sight of Dudebox's whole thing, either - raising money for charity (cancer, in this case). While the new venue will incur some costs for promoters, 80% of the door is still going to Wellspring. "We're a positive bunch here at Dudebox," Powell says, "and we're just happy that we still have the chance to raise some money."

This isn't the first time 99 Sudbury has stepped in as a last minute. Earlier this year when Foundry couldn't use their dream warehouse space on Sterling due to issues with the city, the entire multi-week series was relocated with barely a day to spare.

The key to a party at 99 Sudbury is to show up early enough to avoid the line - but not too early. I'm going to make an educated guess and say showing up after 11:30 is a mistake. More importantly, can someone please tell Ellen about the venue change?

99 Problems But A Venue Ain't One is Friday August 15 at 99 Sudbury. Doors are at 10pm and cover is $10.

Photo: Dudebox



akswun / August 14, 2014 at 11:17 am
lulz.... Bridge.
Sandra / August 14, 2014 at 11:24 am
Toronto can have nice things this is a completely separate issue.

The event organizers have to deal with this if they are looking for hand outs and free event spaces. This should have been held in a proper event space to begin with. Do you really want 1400 people crammed into a stinky dingy underground parking lot? Those parking lots are hot as hell and reak of exhaust. No mention that they cancelled it because or SAFETY CONCERNS.

Honest Ed's would be on the hook should anything happen to individuals during the party, and they are not in the event business and this space is not zoned with a max capacity limit with proper emergency exits for that many people all at once. Let's see what happens when we play heavy bass music in an underground parking lot for hours with 1400 jumping around.
I think there is no loss here. The organizers and attendees should not take offence unless they aren't concerned for the safety of others.

Once again the organizers foolishly name the event after the venue.
In the real world / August 14, 2014 at 11:26 am
lulz...millennials and their entitlement to everything.f
Derek / August 14, 2014 at 11:28 am
Shame it's been moved.

I think the appeal of the whole thing was that it was happening at Honest Ed's.
1 bad apple spoils the bunch / August 14, 2014 at 11:39 am
We can't have nice things because the young ones ruin the party for themselves. When the older generation sees the headlines that kids are dying and eating pills off the ground at VELD what are they to think? You think they care or should take the time to get to know the EDM community and try and understand it? Your casting a negative image on your own scene.
Dan / August 14, 2014 at 11:49 am
OK so its no longer an underground party as the previous name stated. With the new name is Jay-Z going to be there? Will they be playing mainly Jay Z tracks? What's the connection between the title and JayZ or is it just a rip off?
trolltoll / August 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm
oooppps toolbox a typical 99 sudbury fiasco in order....toot toot
Friar Canuck / August 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm
Honest Ed's has underground parking?
Ryan / August 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm
It'll still be a great party. If 1200 people actually attend then clap your hands for dudebox. That's a lot of money raised for cancer.
Jerry / August 14, 2014 at 01:09 pm
YES there is underground parking at Honest Eds you get to via their main parking lot.
Fire / August 14, 2014 at 06:16 pm
The place is a firetrap! They used to pay off the fire inspector with free tickets and a photo with Honest Ed. Party there at your peril.
Joey Mandel / August 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm
I wish they would do something with Honest Ed's.. ANYTHING
Good. / August 15, 2014 at 09:39 am
can't friggin wait / August 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Yeah, Aubrey. Can't wait for your whiney list of why Toronto can't have "nice things". You are great at complaining. Really World Klass.
Dudebox / August 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm
Thank you everyone for all of your input and ideas. We're very happy to announce that with the support of our great crowd we were able to raise $10,670 for Wellspring Cancer Support Network. An amazing organization that really deserves it.

No injuries, no trouble with the law, just positive vibes and a wicked time.
Thanks again.

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