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The top 5 dance parties in Toronto September 2014

Posted by Benjamin Boles / August 29, 2014

Dance Parties TorontoThe top dance parties in Toronto this September come as the festival season is wrapping up, but the cooling temperatures also mean that the clubs are starting to get hot again, as university students return to the city for school and cottage owners stop fleeing the downtown every weekend. Still, there are a few more opportunities to party under the stars, if you didn't already get your fill of trying to dance in the dirt outdoors over the summer.

Electric Island / September 1 / Olympic Island Park / 1:30 pm / $35
A long summer of quality electronic music picnics on Toronto Island comes to an end with the season finale of the popular series. Headliners for the blowout include Jamie XX (of the band The xx, but also a great DJ), Italy's A Tale Of Us, and a return appearance at Electric Island for Hot Since 82.

Art Department / September 5 / Maison Mercer / 10 pm / $20
For some people TIFF is an opportunity to spot celebrities and see films, but for others it's an excuse to take advantage of extended last call and dance until dawn. Toronto house heavyweights Art Department play an all-too-rare local gig, and will put Maison Mercer's high-powered Funktion-One sound system through its paces.

Dirtybird BBQ / September 7 / Sherbourne Commons / 12 pm / $25
San Francisco deep tech house label Dirtybird throw their first ever Toronto afternoon BBQ party, featuring Justin Martin, J. Phlp, Christian Martin, label boss Claude Von Stroke and many more. If the beats aren't enough to get you there early, maybe the free burgers will (until supplies run out).

Andy Stott / September 18 / Adelaide Hall / 9 pm / $22.50
Late night warehouse party promoters breakandenter have partnered with MRG Concerts to bring back Modern Love label boss Andy Stott for a return performance of his menacing avant garde dub techno experiments. Stott will also be performing with Miles Wittaker (aka Demdike Stares) for the Toronto debut of their collaborative project Millie and Andrea.

Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa / September 27 / Phoenix Concert Theatre / 9 pm / $30
Two living legends of hip hop come together on one night, with a special appearance by DJ veterans Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. DJing has changed a lot since they started chopping together breaks in 1970s NYC, but both can still rock a party like few other with their eclectic genre-hopping mixes.

Photo: Alejandro Santiago



mike in parkdale / August 29, 2014 at 10:33 am
These events prove that electronic music isn't confined to late night venues. Tech house BBQ? Perfect combo!
jameson / August 29, 2014 at 10:55 am
i'm pretty excited to see Lone on sept 5...
deep politics / August 29, 2014 at 11:57 am
Dj shadow and cut chemist playing choice cuts from bambaataa's collection at the guv this Monday sept 1. Will blow all of the above out of the water. You'd be a damn fool to miss it
Looks fun to me! / August 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm
I thought Aubrey keeps trying to convince us you can't have fun in this city?
Aubrey replying to a comment from Looks fun to me! / August 29, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Oh Fun, it's so troubling to me that my biggest fan both doesn't get my jokes /and/ claims to use an aol email address. We'll never be true friends...
CP / August 29, 2014 at 02:03 pm
The Joey Beltram / Lone / Tessela show on Sept 5th is the most important event on my radar too this month. Going to be a huge night!
Dave / August 29, 2014 at 03:29 pm
Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster flash is going to be amazing! I think it was 2005 I last saw flash in Toronto. The Soul Motivators are also on that bill 9 piece funk band!
This party is tops.
civic judy / September 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Don't forget about LOVING IN THE NAME OF, not Dance music perse but, a DANCE NIGHT for sure!
Mel / September 3, 2014 at 02:39 pm
As much as I love our city, it's nothing next to Montreal when it comes to parties. Chainsmokers off this list whaaa?
dafuq? replying to a comment from Mel / September 3, 2014 at 09:28 pm
gtfo Chainsmokers isn't in the top 100. Don't insult your own intelligence.
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