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

Pemberton Music Festival campgrounds

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.”

For more details: 

10 Things to look Forward to with New BC Liquor Laws

Photograph by: Oli Scarff, Getty Images

Photograph by: Oli Scarff, Getty Images

Finally someone has knocked some sense into the British Columbia Government! If you haven’t already heard, the 73 recommendations to finally rid us of those ridiculous liquor rules might soon be applied.

The Vancouver Sun reported on the gov’s change of heart mentioning all the ways that our drinking freedoms will no longer be imposed up! Is that too dramatic? Whatever, I’m sure you agree that half these laws are just dumb. Here is the low down on the most important changes we could see in the future and, in some cases, in the very near future:

1. No more fences around beer gardens. Sure it keeps the youngsters out, but it also keeps us in, like pigs in a pen! This will be a welcome change to the concert scene. Apparently it also means that drinks will be sold at more locations in, say, an outdoor concert. That should help the lines.

2. More drink varieties at sporting events. Thank you for this one. Listen, I’m not going to ask for a white russian or a strawberry daiquiri (unless you already have the machine of course) so just serve me something other than beer. (This one and #1 could even be in place as early as this summer!!)

3. Introduction of liquor sales in grocery stores. This would be a total hallelujah moment! How nice would it be to grab a 6-pack with your carton of milk? But hold your horses because there might be a glitch with this one; apparently it might be a “store-within-a-store” model, meaning existing liquor stores would have to move into grocery stores. And what liquor store with an already existing clientele and established location would want to move into a likely even smaller spot inside somewhere else? I see issues, but at least they are talking about it.

4. Hotel drinks can be brought to your hotel room. Currently guests are not allowed to carry their drinks up to their room – only hotel staff can do it, and between certain, limited hours only.

5. Happy Hour! Finally we can go into a restaurant for happy hour and actually get happy! Although, not without some other annoying limitations (are you surprised?). HH prices wouldn’t be able to dip below a certain number that is consistent with what health advocates say. Whatever, give me a 2×1 with a tiny discount and I’ll be happy we at least partly won. This would do away with the requirement that you order food with your drink in a primarily restaurant scene.

6. Kids can accompany parents into pubs. This one doesn’t affect me personally, but I can see why some young parents might find this law extremely annoying. On the other hand, does this mean I can’t scream obscenities in pubs anymore?

7. No more extensive paperwork for festivals organizers petitioning for a liquor license.  Apparently its a huge pain in the ass to get a liquor license for festivals because there is paperwork a mile long to go through before getting approved. The changes would make this process easier and all online. I like this. Sounds like there might be more festivals and more drinking in my future.

Photograph by: Stuart Davis, Vancouver Sun

Photograph by: Stuart Davis, Vancouver Sun

8. Family events can serve homemade beer and wine. Didn’t even know there were so many families trying to serve home brewskis! But hey, more power to the family reunions that just want to get drunk and dance!

9. SAMPLES and refillable growlers at liquor stores. Yup thats right ladies and gents, free and cheaper booze! Who cares if the former are in tiny little cups. At least liquor stores will be allowed to give people a sample before they leap over that jacked-up price cliff. For those looking for refills on their favorite brew, you’re the real lucky ones here since you can probably hit the place closer rather than the brewery itself.

10. Quality assurance for BC craft beer and artisan-spirits as well as license to sell at temporary retail sites. This will protect us from the not so great homemade brews. Anything to make my cold one taste even better is fine by me! As for the license for these small time brewers and distillers, now they can sell their goods at the farmers market.

So the moral of the story is things might be moving along. As they said, “they don’t happen overnight, but they will happen in some cases fairly quickly”. Translation: don’t hold your breath, but you might be able to get that daiquiri at your next sporting event after all.