Well it's happening again, I'm playing at the annual Harvest Festival and it should, as always, rock. In fact the logo above has a shot of the tent stage I'll be playing in.
If you've never been, but live in the area, consider going. It's always filled with my favorite DJs of the area, is nice land and features good sound systems. I also ordered a new soundcard to DJ with, so either my set will sound awesome, or or it'll be silent while I figure out Why I Fail So Hard.
Just a heads up that I'll be playing at re:Treat, this year's gathering for old friends/new friends of the OM Sumer Solstice Festival. I'll be arriving early this year on Thursday, so will probably play Thursday or Friday sometime. I have to leave Saturday this year because of previous commitments 🙁 Come track me down at the festival for more specifics – it's always kinda fluid that way…
I'm happy to be playing the first Promise Cherry Beach Sunday this coming weekend. There was some fear that they might not be able to continue but all's good. Come out and chill in the sun!
hi, David and Irving here. We’re really happy to announce that Sunday afternoons down at Cherry Beach will be continuing this summer for the 6th year!
With the controversy at the end of last summer, all winter long we were concerned that we had reached an end of an era. After 5 years of sweet, mellow anarchy and community in the sun, it was frustrating to think we wouldn’t be able to listen to music and dance in the park with friends, family and pets.
We got lots of good advice from the Kensington Car Free Sundays people Shamez and Kelsey, Jason from Councillor Joe Pantalone’s office, Ari from the Trinity Bellwoods Tuesday drumming group, our smart political friend Mike Layton, the Toronto Public Space Committee, Gregory Nixon from Live with Culture, and Kevin and Lori from NewMindSpace, and went into action this spring to encourage local councillor Paula Fletcher to support us.
Paula understood that this Sunday gathering is fantastic on many levels and she was very willing to throw her support behind it. We wrote up a proposal to the City and now they’ve given us a permit and blessing to continue. This type of fun is a viable part of great cities like New York, Paris, Montreal and Madrid. Toronto just got way cooler.
Here’s the good news:
this Sunday June 17th
Promise Cherry Beach Sunday Afternoon Soundsystem
Bring a frisbee, bring a kite, bring a handy sweater, bring a dog (only nice dogs), bring your lover and a hammock. And pass the time on this lazy sunny Sunday afternoon with friends and friends of friends.
3 to 11pm
Dan Driscoll – trip hop
Violet – dub reggae
Hali – house
Orly – retro and electro
Rollin Cash – break beats from the birthday boy – congratulations Roland!
Adam Marshall – deep house and techno
Mental Floss – deep groove
Directions to Cherry Beach and the new location – With consideration to ongoing construction and landscaping, the site may move around the park from weekend to weekend, which is kind of interesting. We have a meeting at the beach friday morning with Parks staff to determine the location for this Sunday. We will email and let you know in the evening just where it is.
Biking to Cherry Beach is easy along the paths beside the lake, and a bus from Union Station goes there too.
Things to think about – Please bring only what you plan to take back out with you, leave no trace! Pack something warm (it gets cool after dark by the lake) and something to sit on and also something to keep sun off your head. Drink lots of water. Bring something to share.
And remember how key it is to take care of your friends, your neighbours, and what's going on around you. It's what makes Cherry Beach happen smoothly.
We have been asked by Parks to put a lid on public consumption of alcohol, which is reasonable. It’s delicate and we have a trial permit, so understand that alcohol in public spaces is not ok. David and Irving will need to keep an eye out, so please don’t let us see any. We will have friends helping to remind people of this over the weekend. If we all cooperate here, then we get to have our good times.
For the past 5 years the picnic’s been free. Now with the permit, insurance, soundsystem and other weekly expenses, we’d like to ask for your help. From time to time we’ll be passing around a hat, please contribute as you are able. Thanks a lot!
Looking for djs, bands and other performances
Over the course of the summer there’s about 80 djs, bands and artists that perform. We’d love your help and suggestions and any contacts you may have to make the performances happen. Last summer’s stunning hit was the Jimmy Swift Band from Nova Scotia, arranged by our friend Derek in synch with the band’s appearance at NXNE. If you’re bringing in a dj or band or performance, ask them to make an appearance at the beach part of their weekend in Toronto. They may embrace the chance to play outdoors, away from the hype and lights of a club, to a happy and enthusiastic crowd like ours. Think big and let us know.
We’d like to give our deep thanks to Pat and Councillor Paula Fletcher, Sandy Straw and Jaime McCaig at Toronto Parks, Jason and Councillor Joe Pantalone, the Toronto Public Space Committee, Shamez and Kelsey, Ari, Mike, Jason, Kevin and Lori, Wade, Joey, Jonathan, Gregory, Charlotte, Ayla, Katie, Lyen, Linda, Bettina and Emily, Justin, Tomasz, and Robbi-Anne.
And, most of all, please thank yourselves for the huge influx of letters of support to city council. Pat and Paula told us how impressed they were with them. Their office get lots of angry and aggressive complaints. Your letters were refreshingly upbeat, mature and personally engaging. Way to go everyone! We did it!
Thanks for reading, see you Sunday!
David and Irving
For those in Guelph, here's a nice little event out on a farm with a bunch of friends from the OM Festival.
Shoo Rabbit Crew Presents…
FREAKIN' ON FIFE
~ A summer solstice phenomenon ~
Saturday June 16th, 2007
7081 Fife Road, Guelph
7pm till ???
~ With musical guests ~
Mentalfloss – consistently inconsistent (www.mentalfloss.ca)
Mike Lambert -tripped out techno, dubbed out house (Sumkidz, Dickard & Bobert)
Jonah K. – dark drum n' bass (Sumkidz)
Spazzmonk – jungle/breaks (IBS, Sumkidz)
Violet – dubby niceness (Purrpelle, Sumkidz)
Katikata – funkhouse
Karma – roots n' dancehall
Pype – live
+ other special guests
~ Join us for a night of dancing under stars in the beauty of rural
Guelph! Go for a walk in the bush, carouse in the kitchen, zone out by
the bonfire, dance in the grass, trip out in the fields inhabited by
zillions of crickets and frogs! Surrounded by 80 acres of soya and
wheat fields the only addition to perfection is your precious
WHAT TO BRING:
– A tent
– sleeping bag/blanket
– some vegetables/fruit to donate to the kitchen
– waterproof shoes
– treats to share
– BYO Vibe : enhancements to your attitude may be available but come prepared
** Lots of room for fire dancers to play so bring your poi/staff
Smokers: please bring a tin or film canister to dispose of your butts.
Also, bring a bathing suit if it's hot on Sunday and we take a drive
to a local watering hole!
**NO COVER but a small $ donation (sugg $5-$10) to cover costs of
sound and donations to artists is appreciated and encouraged**
**PARTY INFO: 519.821.6505**
DID YOU KNOW?? The fife is a simple instrument usually consisting of a
tube with 6 finger holes,and diatonically tuned. It is made of wood,
usually grenadilla or rosewood & sometimes bamboo.
African-American fife and drum music can be traced back to the Civil war.
But in the hands of slaves, the stiff, formalized music used to direct
military movements was transformed by the same African syncopations and
poly-rhythms that eventually gave birth to jazz and blues. In a time when
drumming by slaves was forbidden, the fife and drum was an acceptable
outlet. Many dancers “salute” the drums with pelvic movements not unlike
traditional dances from Africa, Haiti and the West Indies. Otha Turner was
one of the best known African American fife players, he passed away in
2003 at the age of 94.
Go here to find a link to Turner's “Shimmy She Wobble”
MAP QUEST LINKUP:
Directions from Toronto/Guelph
Hwy 401 West towards Guelph
Exit Hwy 6 North (Exit 295)
Exit at Wellington Street (Wellington, Cambridge, Acton)
NB: DO NOT EXIT AT THE FIRST WELLINGTON EXIT! WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE
SIGN SAYING “WELLINGTON, CAMBRIDGE ACTON”
Take a Left at Wellington (west – Provincial Route 7, Prov Route 24)
Go 3 Lights on Wellington Street (you will pass a 24 Hr Tim Hortons &
Gas Station at Imperial Road)
Take a Right at Fife Road (NB: STREET IS NOT WELL MARKED) – Fife is
one street past Imperial Road
Go until 7081 Fife Road (Approx 3 miles on your left)
Just posting about a fundraiser I was fortunate to be a part of. More details can be found on the site for Raise. There's also a video below to give you an idea.
Another gig, and if you're looking for something new in your aural experience, this is the one!
Ever since I setup my “little” home theater with a 5.1 speaker setup,
I've been seriously interested in mixing music in 5.1. Nuclear
Ramjet has crafted their set specifically for this so I'm interested to
see how it goes. Hopefully lots of the .1! (“low frequency
effect”, a.k.a. mad bass)
Just a heads up that space is going to be really, really limited, so
it's worth coming early. It's a studio space, so it'll be nice
and “intimate”. Plus, I asked to open so you'll get to hear
The Manervous Beat
A fine mix of jazzy and funked up sounds with dope beats and scratches
by Rollin’ Cash. Manervous Beat is an assemblage of Toronto's top
studio musicians performing original improvised funky grooves with pop,
rock and jazz electricity. With special guest,
The Void is a live improvisational trio, fusing ambient stylings
similar to Aphex Twin, with grooves that grab the ears of Medeski
Martin and Wood fans! A moving picture of sound, created live before
your very ears.
Plus guest dj's:
and visuals by … project3media
Thursday Feb. 24
$10 @ door
the El Mocambo
464 spadina ave.
a bit slow on the draw, but this was a wicked event I had a chance to
play at with Gabor last week in the massive club Boa-Redux in Toronto. Boa is a converted
dinner theater and has apparently one of the top 3 sound systems in
North America. Much fun had by all. If anyone has any photos please post some links as comments!
Here's the lineup:
KOXBOX *live Solstice
Yeb – Cold Groove Rec,
In the Broken Beats
Rollin Cash – SumKidz/Om
Jonah K –
Gabor vs. Mental
(1 Block S. of
$20 in adv
$25 before 2 more
Out of town $20 with
Shanti Baba –
546 Queen St
Metropolis Records – 160
2The Beat – 161
Woohoo! Harvest Festival once again, and I'm really looking
forward to playing. Please come out! Other than being a great chance to
camp out one last time before the weather gets cold, it's a great 2
days to relax and hear a large variety of electronic-influenced
music. Be sure to bring winter-style clothes though, since it can
sometimes get a bit chilly at night.
THE HARVEST FESTIVAL
September 25th/26th 2004
Once again it’s time to kiss the summer good-bye, boogie to our
favorite DJs & performers, and to gather by the bonfire, on the
dance floor and under the stars. This year’s new location, Wholearth
Farmstudio, is near Coburg, Ont. We’d like to send our deepest
condolences to Aldida Farm for their loss, and many thanks for their
kindness over the years. Rocco, our friend & partner, will be
Activities & Performers:
FOOD DRIVE – please bring canned food donations
CAPTURE THE FLAG @ 5PM – sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org
TASK (Tom Kuo) – pusher/wabi/www.foundationmusic.com
ADAM MARSHALL – www.killer3000.com
A/D/D LIVE (Mario J) – method 11:11
TIM PATRICK – www.fifthsunrecordings.com
ERIC DOWNER- pusher
NONPAREIL LIVE (Breandan Davey)
IAN GUTHRIE & LEE OSBORNE (as The Toques!) – www.fukhouse.ca
GREG GOW – restructured, blue bookings
THE DUKES – www.acmelabs.com
LEELEE MISHI – www.omfestival.ca
ANDREW MCCALLUM – www.mentalfloss.ca
CHOCOLATE – scratch free press
DMS – baseline records
ROLLIN CASH – www.omfestival.ca
LEX – legion of green men
JOHNA K live
OWEN – science project
YOSHI & CHIE live – kaminari
STRANGEANGLE23 strangeangle23 – stuffy rabbit
GABOR – international bucket surgeon
DAM – deep sea fish
JAREK – BLA
MARZ – BLA
QUIVERING VIRGIN – BLA
SKETI – BLA
YEB – Cold Groove Rec, BLA
TORONTO: Shanti Baba (546 Queen W.)
Metropolis Records (162 Spadina Ave.)
Odyssey (557 Queen W.)
Play De Record (357A Yonge St.)
SpyLab (247 Queen W.)
Soundscapes (572 College W.)
Alter Ego (555 Bloor W.)
KITCHENER: Shakedown Street (276 King W.)
GUELPH: Mudshark (31 Wyndam N.)
HAMILTON: Cottage 13 (224 King W)
OSHAWA: Velvet Elvise (221 King E.)
WEB & CONTACT:
www.harvestfestival.org (updates coming soon)
GETTING THERE: The NEW FARM is located less than 150km east near
Coburg. Specific location details will be available after September
22nd on the web site.