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DJing @ Harvest Festival 2009 (Ontario, Canada)

by on Sep.09, 2009, under - Main Page -, Upcoming Gigs

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.

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Playing sometime @ re:Treat – Om Reunion Project

by on Jun.18, 2007, under - Main Page -, Upcoming Gigs

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…

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First Promise Cherry Beach! (Toronto, Ontario)

by on Jun.16, 2007, under - Main Page -, Upcoming Gigs

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

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Freakin' on Fife – Guelph, Ontario

by on Jun.16, 2007, under - Main Page -, Upcoming Gigs

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…

  ~ A summer solstice phenomenon ~

Saturday June 16th, 2007
  7081 Fife Road, Guelph

7pm till ???

~ With musical guests ~

Mentalfloss – consistently inconsistent (
  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
  presence! ~

  – A tent
  – sleeping bag/blanket
  – some vegetables/fruit to donate to the kitchen
  – waterproof shoes
  – snacks
  – bugspray
  – sunscreen
  – 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”


Directions from Toronto/Guelph
  Hwy 401 West towards Guelph
  Exit Hwy 6 North (Exit 295)
  Exit at Wellington Street (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)

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Raise 2 Fundraiser for Carolyn Pioro

by on Dec.15, 2006, under - Main Page -, Upcoming Gigs

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.

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Phawn presents Nuclear Ramjet, Yeb, DJ Target, Christian Skjodt and.. Me!

by on Mar.09, 2005, under - Main Page -, Upcoming Gigs

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

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Emerge @ The El Mocambo, Toronto – Manervous Beat and The Void

by on Feb.23, 2005, under - Main Page -, Upcoming Gigs

Hey folks, if you're not up to anything tomorrow night I'm playing at what should be a very good show with original music from:

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

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:
Mental Floss
Rollin' Cash

and visuals by … project3media

Thursday Feb. 24
$10 @ door
the El Mocambo
464 spadina ave.

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Black Light Activists – Critical Mass at Boa Redux /w Koxbox

by on Dec.22, 2004, under - Main Page -, Upcoming Gigs

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


Frank'e –
Yeb – Cold Groove Rec,
Quivering Virgin-
Jarek, BLA
Sketi- BLA





In the Broken Beats

Rollin Cash – SumKidz/Om
Festival/Just Cause
Jonah K –
Aria –
Gabor vs. Mental


BOA Redux
270 Spadina
(1 Block S. of



Doors@ 12
$20 in adv
$25 before 2 more
Out of town $20 with


Shanti Baba –
546 Queen St
Metropolis Records – 160
2The Beat – 161

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Harvest Festival September 25/26, Toronto (Coburg), Ontario

by on Sep.04, 2004, under - Main Page -, Upcoming Gigs

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. 

autumn equinox
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
greatly missed.

Activities & Performers:

FOOD DRIVE – please bring canned food donations

CAPTURE THE FLAG @ 5PM – sign up at


TASK (Tom Kuo) – pusher/wabi/
A/D/D LIVE (Mario J) – method 11:11
NONPAREIL LIVE (Breandan Davey)
IAN GUTHRIE & LEE OSBORNE (as The Toques!) –
GREG GOW – restructured, blue bookings


CHOCOLATE – scratch free press
DMS – baseline records
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
YEB – Cold Groove Rec, BLA

Tickets $38
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.)
Baseline Records
HAMILTON: Cottage 13 (224 King W)
OSHAWA: Velvet Elvise (221 King E.)

(updates coming soon)

The NEW FARM is located less than 150km east near
Coburg. Specific location details will be available after September
22nd on the web site.

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