Meet the Top 5 DJs Spinning Caribbean Music in Toronto

Just as the Huffington Post predicted for the Caribana parade, millions of people lined up along Lakeshore Blvd to watch all the masqueraders party to the hottest soca tunes straight out of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). For three weeks straight (during July and August), Caribbean peoples—from T&T to Jamaica to the Dominican Republic—party non stop.

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But if you think soca and dancehall are only hot during Caribana, then clearly you’ve never seen how a fete or bashment really goes down. Toronto is home to one of the largest populations of Caribbean peoples outside of the Caribbean itself. The city is rife with great parties the rest of the year, when the crowds aren’t so intense. But just enough to ensure you have enough space to wine all night long.

(Not sure what to expect? Check out YouTube to see a good fete or bashment.)

Here are the top 5 DJs soca and dancehall lovers party with in T.Dot:

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5. Soca Sweetness delivers, whether you’re looking for raunchy or classic soca tunes. He was the 2010 & 2011 Stylus Canada Soca DJ of the Year, and is the creator of some of Canada’s biggest soca parties. The next event DJ Soca Sweetness will spinning is Slow Wine at the Guvernment.

 

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4. Miss Boom is the no. 1 female soca/chutney DJ in Canada, and has been on the scene since 2004. She even has podcasts and mixes on her site that you can groove to. She also spins reggae, dancehall and hip hop, along with many other genres. Her next event will be at the Lifestyle Expo (HeattheStreetTour.com) on August 25.

 

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3. DJ Whitebwoy has a loyal following and can be seen spinning at the hottest dancehall/soca parties. He’ll be spinning at the 5th Annual Blackout this Labour Day Weekend at the Guvernment (Friday, August 29).

 

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2. Dr. Jay de Soca Prince has spent 25 years on the soca and calypso scene, even hosting the “Soca Therapy” radio show on FLOW 93.5 for 10 years. He’s played throughout Canada and the US, landing at Miami Carnival. His next “Soca Therapy” event will take place Friday, August 29 at “The Clinic” (Luxy Nightclub downtown).

 

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1. D’Enforcas are one of the hitmakers behind famous soca artist Kerwin DuBois and hosts of “The Soca Groove” on 98.7FM. They’ve toured throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean, so they’re no strangers to spinning at the hottest soca parties in the world. And as 2012 Stylus Awards Soca DJ of the Year, making them Toronto’s resident soca DJs. They will DJ at “Reggae vs Soca” on Sunday, August 31 at Safari Lounge.

 

 

Pemberton Music Festival Still Rocks On; Officials Issue Statement in Rememberance of Deceased Man

The last time the Pemberton Music Festival took place in 2008, more than 40,000 people showed up to camp out and party with their favorite performers across all genres—from EDM to hip-hop—in serene and beautiful British Columbia. In 2014, Huka Entertainment completely gave this 5-day festival the ultimate makeover—and the performances definitely did not disappoint. We provide the highlights of the fest while paying our respects to a fallen PMFer.

Glorious Music

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Great acts like EDM artist Deadmau5 came out to party.

As you can see here, to say that the music lineup was impressive is an understatement. The list of acts who showed up and showed out on stage reads like a notable who’s who of the top artists in the industry right now:

  • Deadmau5
  • Outkast
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Frank Ocean
  • Modest Mouse
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Grimes
  • And many others.

A few comments from those in attendance (via Facebook):

“I thought it was amazing. Very well organized great bands great overall vibe. Nice and spread out venue. I live in Pemby and therefore did not experience any camping woes. Mostly I’m just bummed today that it’s all over. Highly impressed Huka!!!”~Sunny Rankin

“Amazing performances left & right. From Blondie to Flaming Lips to Above & Beyond & Deadmou5. Metric. Sound garden. Outkast.”~Nicole Lauzon

“SINKHOLE SINKHOLE, CHICKEN FIGHT CHICKEN FIGHT”~Matt White

Gorgeous Scenery

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Pemberton has a reputation for being one of the most scenic areas in British Columbia and even all of North America (check TripAdvisor to see how people rave about the views and their drives along the way). The location of the festival provided a fantastic backdrop for all PMFers—locals and long-distance travelers alike—to get an enhanced experience during their 5-days of intense dancing in the woods.

More comments from Facebook:

“Awesome festival! I went to the first Pembi Fest 6 years ago and this year overall had a much better setup and layout. They got the dance tent right this time!!! Great visuals/lights, big sound and most importantly open capacity. I thought the stage setup was great, with lots of room but still pretty easy to get to the different shows.”~Dave Sage

“Loved my 3 days there! Saw so many different acts and comedians.. The view was stunning any where you looked.”~Tim Koshul

“Food was great and people were great. Being a local I’m proud to accept tens of thousands of people into our beautiful valley. See you guys next year #pemfest“~Tyson Thevarge-Brady

Epic Partying Snaps

Festival-goers and artists both captured some awesome shots and posted them on Twitter and Instragram. Here are our favorites:

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A Message from the Pemberton Music Festival

, 21, was found dead in his tent by IHIT investigators.Organizers from Huka Entertainment are ecstatic that Pemberton was a great success for everyone involved—from those behind the scenes, to the artists, and of course, those who came out. But Huka officials would personally like to acknowledge 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath (pictured at left) who passed away July 18, 2014, in the festival’s GA campgrounds (Read more on this here).

Here’s their statement: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident. [The festival] was created in the spirit of community and friendship…we remind everyone to look after their neighbours, report any concerns to security and help continue to make our event a safe and positive experience for everyone.”

Did you attend the Pemberton Music Festival?

Let us know about your experience in the comments.

Foul Play Ruled Out in Death of 21-year-old Man at Pemberton Music Festival

Police tape surrounds the Founders campground area following the tragic death that took place at the festival. (courtesy Metro News)

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) secures the Founders campground area following the tragic death that took place at the festival. (courtesy Metro News)

Nick Phongsavath, 21, was found dead in his tent by IHIT investigators.The victim at the Pemberton Music Festival has been identified as 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath (pictured left) of Regina. Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) Sgt. Jennifer Pound told the Global News, “As a result of evidence found at the scene, witness statements and the autopsy completed on Nick Phongsavath, it has been determined that Foul play is not a contributing factor in his death.”

Early in the investigation, the IHIT (@HomicideTeam) had deemed the tragic event “suspicious” and had questioned some of the festival-goers. The campgrounds were heavily monitored for much of the weekend so that the Pemberton RCMP could carry out their investigation into the victim’s death.

A statement from the Pemberton Music Festival said, “we are deeply saddened by the tragic incident.”  It went on to note the festival, “was created in the spirit of community and friendship…we remind everyone to look after their neighbours, report any concerns to security and help continue to make our event a safe and positive experience for everyone.”

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Calvin Harris Is Headlining Canada’s Hottest Beach Festival

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Snag one of the remaining ticket options to this summer’s hottest musical event taking place beachside. Monster Energy Center of Gravity (MECOG) is bigger than ever, featuring Calvin Harris as this year’s headliner, and several awesome additions that will make your experience unforgettable.

Electrifying sights and sounds

MECOG features the largest cryo system of any festival in the province, with 10 jets pumping out over 4,000 lbs of smoke effects. You’ll experience a full-on light show with over 30 panels of LED video walls and more than 20 lighting fixtures. While immersing yourself in the light show, you’ll hear 100 cabinets of world-class sound, so you’ll feel encased in the music.

The best part is that MECOG is bringing in our largest stage ever—the SAM55—the widest and highest rainproof mobile stage trailer in the world.

EDM meets hip hop

Our ramped up staging and sound perfectly accommodates this year’s acts (see full lineup here). A few of our scheduled live performances come from some of the top international artists, including Calvin Harris, Chromeo, J. Cole, and Tegan and Sara.

Tickets are almost sold out!

Not many tickets remain for entry into MECOG (see our full list of ticket options). Our 3-Day General Passes are on their last price tier for $239.95. And for the ultimate VIP experience, Ultra passes are $399.99.

With the Ultra passes, here’s what you get:

  • Priority entrance. Beat the crowds at the front gate, while receiving exclusive entry into the Platinum Lounge for the evening concerts.
  • Chillax in style. The Platinum Lounge features a beverage garden you can visit all weekend! So you can grab booze while listening to your favorite acts.
  • Lower capacity. You’ll have more room to party without all the fuss in general admission.
  • No line and VIP access to the after party. Ultra pass holders can skip the line and head to the VIP Upper Lounge at COG House: MECOG’S ONLY official after party! Bonus: No cover before 11 p.m.

Also, a few lakeside cabanas are still up for grabs. Visit our site to reserve one today.

Remember, time is running out!

Buy your tickets now before MECOG is officially sold out. And to make the most out of your 3-day party experience, read this guide to surviving a music festival—even in the summer heat.