Hard-work isn’t always rewarded, it can be over-looked and under appreciated, but it’s a risk a lot of people are willing to take. Among the hundreds of DJ sets over the past year, Enzo Siragusa and the FUSE family have been names that continue to pop up everywhere. There is something to be said of those who have the ability to turn heads and move dance floors, all the while pushing their own unique sound. A true definition of hard-work, paying off.

The funny part about ‘Fusic’ is how organically the sound grew. “It’s quite a stripped-back tone and that really evolved from the party, always the B-sides to records. The trippy dub sides with wobbly grooves.” – Enzo Siragusa

FUSE started as a party series in 2008 and grew into a label in 2011. It’s something Enzo created that served as an outlet to showcase music, artists and tracks. FUSE encompassed the underground and pushed the boundaries while paying attention to detail with all matters. Fast forward to a long, but rewarding 2016 where years of hard work started to really pay off for a group of artists who were creating music and throwing parties regularly. Their dub-house sound is evolving and unique, so much so that the FUSE faithful call it Fusic.

The most important thing is to create a certain type of vibe for an underground party. I’ve always focused firstly on the sound and when I say ‘sound,’ I’m referring to technically, how it resonates and reverberates – Enzo Siragusa

May 13th marks Enzo Siragusa‘s debut in Toronto at the city’s premiere underground music venue, CODA. The support cast is made up of local Toronto artists who have also been releasing music and throwing events. It includes Steve Marto & Paul Quzz of All Blak Records, Andrew Choe from My Side Project & Rayan of UNR.

Purchase your tickets HERE
Full event info HERE

 

 

CODA is running a contest for 2 free passes to see Enzo Siragusa this Saturday.
Click HERE to Enter!

In a world wind of events, Tunisian club “El Guitone Nightclub” has closed following a live set performed by Dax J during Orbit Festival which featured the Muslim call to prayer.

British DJ, Dax J, was playing the coastal city of Nabeul for Orbit Festival which took place near the resort town of Hammarnet—and also featured DVS1, La Fleur and Radio Slave. Following Dax J’s set on April 1st, videos emerged of his set featuring samples of the Muslim call to prayer which attracted the attention of authorities in the Muslim-majority country.

The club, El Guitone, has since shut down as is under investigation. The manager of the venue has been arrested for “violation against good morals and public outrage against modesty,” according to Nabeul governor Mnaouar Ouertani, who said that the government will “not allow attacks against religious feelings and the sacred.”

Dax J has since apologized, stating that he did not realize that the Muslim community would be offended. He has also removed his Facebook page in the wake of on-going death threats.

Orbit Festival has released a statement regarding the incident and defending Dax J.

Chers amis, Nous tenons, tout d'abord, à remercier toutes les personnes qui nous ont fait honneur par leur présence….

Posted by Orbit Festival on Monday, April 3, 2017

Stay Home has consistently succeeded time and time again in making people feel like they are right at home. The Toronto based group has a fast growing reputation for throwing some of the best intimate and underground parties in the city. This Stay Home event is a collaboration between My Side Project, All Blak Records, No Vacancy and House of Lords; and they are set to take over Club 120 this Friday night (March 31st).

A foursome of local talents will be moving the intimate two-floor venue for the night. First we have two members of Toronto’s very own All Blak Records, Paul Quzz and Steve Marto who are fresh off the release of their latest compilation album Atlas. We have the two captains of My side Project on the decks with Andrew Choe and Steve Hale. Two DJs who are no strangers to staying home and throwing top notch events. The vibes for the night will be in very good hands with these 4 at the helm.

We hope to see you at Club 120 at 10 PM sharp this Friday Night. Click HERE for more details.

Welcome back to Sukoonland and what a special episode this one is. I had the opportunity to travel with my good friends and DJ’s, City Kid Soul to Montrea for Igloofest where they were performing on the main stage with Eats Everything on January 28.


Igloofest brings together thousands of electronic music fans for an epic winter festival in downtown Montreal. The festival takes place every weekend on Thursday to Sunday from January 12th – February 19th, creating an entertaining month in the city for house music.

We had a wicked entourage of a dozen friends make the trip to Montreal for the occasion. I also wanted to take the opportunity to explore the city even though we had 2 days but we did as much and saw as much as we could. I was very impressed with my visit, the food and artistic vibe of the city is unique.


We drove from Toronto bumping tunes on the way, and I booked a 2-storey loft in Old Montreal for the weekend, the space was gorgeous and spacious and I couldn’t believe my eyes when we talked in! The size of the loft paired with its location is a rare sight in Montreal.  The city has old cultural landmarks and looks a lot more like Europe when compared to the glass skyscrapers of Toronto.

Saturday was the highlight and it was non-stop entertainment from start to finish. We started the day with a crew breakfast at the Suite 701, where we found out it was open bar brunch for 30$. Seven mimosas later, we decided to hike up to Mount Royal for some city views. We got some scenic snowy Mount Royal views and a solid hour hike. Right after we set up the pre-drink and go ready for the main event, Igloofest!


We arrived at the venue early to set up and the minute I approached the main entrance, I was impressed. The layout, lights, ice sculptures and staff working was professionally organized and well prepared for the amount of people about to enjoy their night out. I was able to film with my GoPro and hang with Devin and Emma (City Kid Soul) during their set and throughout the night. Seeing the crowd from the DJ’s perspective is unbelievable. The sound system was designed really well and the crowd were truly into the music. Many of the festival attendants were dressed up in neon and fur coats. The party just kept getting bigger and bigger and the next two headliners brought an amazing vibe.

I can clearly see know how this festival attracts such amazing talent and fans year after year.
It was truly one of the most amazing experiences I have been too. I highly recommend everyone and anyone to take the time and go to Igloofest at least once to experience this world-renowned winter festival.

On Friday, March 10 until Sunday, March 12, the 8th annual CDJ Show Conference will take place at the Toronto Hilton Hotel for 3 days of back to back seminars, discussion panels, exhibits, parties and much more!

Since its inception back in 2009, the CDJ Show and Conference has maintained their vision as an industry initiative. This year’s event will host some of the industry’s most influential and active members including Music Director of The Trammps, Earl Young, master of mixing Ben Liebrand, Editor at DJ Magazine Sarah Polansky, Dancing Astronaut Managing Editor Will McCarthy, Director of Toolroom Records Stuart Knight, DJ-Producers Funkagenda and Eddie Amador, and long-time businessman Disco Donnie, to name a few.


Particularly exciting, is the addition of several new panels to the 2017 program including ‘Women in Dance Music’ and ‘Digital Marketing: How to Get the Media’s Attention’. In conjunction, attendees can partake in ‘Songwriting: How to Write a Hit Dance Song’and ‘The Annual Industry Panel’. On top of it all, the ‘GetSigned: Artist and Label Networking Event’ will give patrons the opportunity to be in direct contact with the top record labels. 

Ryan Silver, CDJ Show Committee Chair put it perfectly, stating that;

“People who love and believe in music creation & DJ culture are a community, a tribe and we need a place to come together to network and get inspired. The CDJ Show & Conference is that place. Join us and deepen your connection & knowledge while experiencing a weekend filled with memories and positive relationships that will last for years to come.”

As day turns to night, participants will have the opportunity to attend networking socials and catch performances taking place at the official after-party at Maison Mercer with Funkagenda on Saturday, March 11.

Full Event Info HERE
Tickets HERE

Osheaga, Montreal’s premier music festival which is celebrating its 12th year of operation has announced the line up for 2017.

Osheaga is widely known for its diverse musical talent and its celebration of the arts. 2017 will play out no differently with the likes of The Weekend, Major Lazer, Die Antwood, Justice, Lorde and many more have been included.

GA passes are on sale starting at $350 and going up to #1150 for the ultimate experience.

Osheaga takes place in Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec from August 4 – 6.

 

**Cover Photo taken by Marc Young

Heading into it’s 5th season, Electric Island returns to Hanlan’s Point on Toronto island with 5 dates spanning from May – September. What began as a promising gathering of devout music lovers over the May long weekend back in 2013, has since grown into an internationally acclaimed music program.


The island partners, Embrace, Footwork & Platform, have brought a substantial amount of talent to the island over the years and have played host to some of the worlds greatest underground artists including the likes of Sven Väth, Loco Dice, Sasha & more. 2017 will be no different with a number of names being talked about but artist listings will follow shortly.

This year’s passes will be sold for $169.99 + HST, which will cover all five events but does not include the ferry ticket.

Buy your Season Passes Here

 

French producer D’Julz is preparing to celebrate 20 yeas of Bass Culture, his highly acclaimed label with a host of artists, producers and friends at Rex Club.

Of the 6 events, there will be a special guest featured each night including Seth Troxler, Dyed Soundroom, Derrick May, Lil Louis and to top thing off, D’Julz all night long.

D’Julz originally curated the night in 1997 due to the rapid increase of commercial artists and DJ’s in Paris. The party has since been a foundation and breaking a number of artists at Rex club over the years that include Loco Dice, Luciano, Cassy, Sebo K and many more.

Find more information about the Bass Culture 20 Year Anniversary on D’Julz RA & Rex Club Calendar.

D’Julz on Soundcloud
Bass Culture on Soundcloud


The Dutch festival, Awakenings will be going into its 20th year in 2017 and is set to take place on June 24 & 25. The event will be taking place at Amsterdam’s Spaarnwoude Houtrak and the organizers have pulled out all of the stops for the occasion.

Some of the featured artists include Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, The Black Madonna, Maceo Plex, Loco Dice & many more.

Tickets are available HERE.

Full line up below

This Friday night hometown hero Kenny Glasgow makes his return to Toronto as an early Christmas gift to us all. The former Art Department DJ will be taking over the Darkroom at Wildflower with the help of fellow Toronto native, Room 303.

After 5 successful years as one half of the acclaimed duo Art Department, Kenny Glasgow set his sights on a solo career. 2016 saw the release of Glasgow’s solo LP “Circus Tales” released under No.19 Music, this marked his first solo release since his highly praised LP “Taste For The Low Life” which dropped in 2009 under the very same label.

“Circus Tales” was a pleasant reminder to everyone that Kenny is still dropping heat, and you can count on him to bring the heat back to the city that tends to get pretty cold around this time of year.

You don’t want to miss Kenny Glasgow and Room 303 invade the Darkroom this Friday night.

Full Event Info HERE

Get Your Tickets HERE

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