Freakout! Toronto boasts beats, girls, ghouls & glam
Throngs of girls and guys guised in their ghastliest flocked to the Sound Academy on this faithful October night to celebrate Devil’s Night early. The crowd of devilishly deviant dubsteppers dressed to kill, came to see three big name turntable slayers from the U.K.: legendary dubstep demon Rusko, and drum and bass busters Roni Size and Friction.
Not to mention the plethora of persistent talent from all genres on the bill, such as 12th Planet, Bad Company, Mr. Brown, Rick Toxic, Polaris, and Dynamite MC from Reprazent.
To those who didn’t have it marked in their calendars, the fact that Halloween was at hand was obvious, with slews of thematic decorations, loads of blacklights and plenty of skeletons to bask in their reflected glory.
Even though this is a very cultish type of party, that targets only a certain demographic of partygoers, the turnout is always impressive.
It’s the one time of year these fanatics can dress up as their favourite fictional character and get obliterated to their own brand of electronic music, and evade judgment from their peers, because hey, everyone there is doing it too.The headliners of the night started up right with Friction on the tables, who warmed up the earlier crowd with his own brand of hard-style drum and bass. He set the stage perfectly for Roni Size to come up and knock down what he had set up. During the swap, Friction took advantage of his vantage point to take photos of the costumed crowd, that he later posted on his Twitter account.Roni Size enlightened the frenzied crowd with some of his unique and unlike any other sampling of tunes like Nirvana’s greatest hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” that he blended in with his own reggae styling. He followed that up with a rendition of White Stripes’ “Seven Nations Army” that sent the audience into a unanimous outburst of “Roni Size army.”
Rusko and Roni Size are right in the middle of their Lift Me Up tour, with Toronto being one of the last stops before they hit Winnipeg, Vancouver, and finally ending in Colorado on Nov. 27. As Rusko hit the stage, there was no mistaking his arrival. He turned an already raucous crowd into a full on tropical storm of bass bound winds and sweat precipitation. The VIP bar was right near the stage, so fans could get right on stage with Rusko and get a better view of the entire dreamland style crowd. Being that this was a huge Canadian-born event from Destiny, that has stood the test of time to hit its tenth anniversary this year, it was awesome to see Rusko show respect to his audience by sporting a Canadian flag on his decks. He obviously did his homework about Torontonians as well, as he referred to the city as “T-Dot” as it is affectionately known as to its inner circle.
Story by Devin Size, photos by Tee Onek