The top 5 dance parties in Toronto November 2014
There are so many great Toronto club events announced already for November that the return of the massive stadium EDM party/branding exercise Bud Light Sensation didn't manage to muscle its way onto the list. Even the list of parties that didn't make the cut from Coda alone is overwhelming, including great acts like UK dancehall experimentalist The Bug, and lots of top shelf house talent, like Martinez Brothers (November 29) and Bob Moses (November 14).
A Tribe Called Red / November 7 / Danforth Music Hall / 8 pm / $33.75
The Ottawa DJ collective have come a long way since they first started mixing club beats with pow wow music: they've won a Juno, been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, and now headline increasingly big venues all over the world. Expect their full audio/visual production for this show.
DJ Sneak / November 8 / Coda / 10 pm / $20
Even before relocating to Toronto from Chicago, house veteran DJ Sneak always had a close relationship with our city, and his annual birthday parties have a long tradition. A staunch traditionalist, his approach to house is still very true to the kinds of highly influential records he put out in the mid-90s.
Al Kent / November 21 / Geary Lane / 9 pm / $10
The folks behind the Beam Me Up parties are bringing Glasgow disco hero Al Kent back to town for a night of rarities and special re-edits. They've also elected to go the old school warehouse route, and are throwing it at the increasingly active Geary Lane event space.
Joy Orbison / November 22 / Coda / 10 pm / $20
Over the past five years, UK DJ/producer Joy Orbison has emerged as one of the more unique voices in modern dance music, freely borrowing just as much from drum'n'bass as from house (not to mention techno and dubstep), and continues to surprise listeners with exciting new tangents.
Richie Hawtin / November 28 / Maison Mercer / 10 pm / $20
If you've only ever heard Canada's most famous techno DJ at one of his festival appearances, you're missing the magic that he can work in a more intimate club setting, especially playing on a powerful sound system like Maison Mercer's. Snap up a ticket quick, as demand will be high.
Photo of Richie Hawtin by Brian Morton
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