Annie Mac Rocks Toronto Enroute to Coachella
Toronto is really a blessed city as every weekend brings in new international talent right to everyone’s door step. On the same weekend as Coachella, Toronto was treated to a Friday that saw Tchami, Mark Oliver, and Annie Mac all performing at different venues. That is some serious fire power for a random weekend.
The biggest show out of the three headliners for this random Friday was the legendary Annie Mac. As much as Mark Oliver and Tchami are Toronto favourites, Annie does not cross the border as often but is internationally known as “the festival queen” and is now the lead for BBC radio 1. Needless to say, this was another huge name to grace Toronto as Annie stopped by right before she headed out to Coachella to perform a late night set.
Even with bustling popular hotspots in the city, Annie’s show had a sold out crowd and people were piling in as Red Light started his opening set for Annie. How is it that the Hoxton was sold out on such an action packed Toronto night? Well, as much as Annie is not known for her live stage performances, she has a huge following. Some fans had driven hours to see her and another couple had actually flown in. As much as she is not a regular festival headliner, she is globally known; one key reason is she helps up and coming artists become known, such as Zeds Dead once upon a time.
Red Light played a very chill opening set with some deep and tropical house which offered a very similar feel to Matoma and Klingande who each spun in Toronto a few weeks past. It was a feel good set. Most fans didn’t notice Annie mingling on stage with the exception of one die-hard fan who spotted the star and was brought to tears as Annie took a selfie with her right as Red Light was finishing up. Being that the last time she ever saw Annie was at the now closed bar called “The Social”, it was clear she had never stopped following her as a true fan.
Considering she brought a fan to tears before even stepping up to the decks, it was clear Annie had a following in attendance. As she began her set with some deep house tracks, the visuals on the wall turned to a neon outline of a female dancer with crazy hair; dance moves began to sync up with the music… it was definitely not a normal Hoxton vibe. As a venue known to make the windows shake and sometimes has patrons worried that he floors are going to cave in, the crowd tonight seemed to vibe together. Even Annie herself sporting an oversized sweater and sweats, was more keen on having a personal night with her fans rather than sending everyone into a frenzy as the Hoxton dance floor is used to; this is why a Annie Mac show stands out from the rest.
The fans were there for her and enjoyed whatever she felt like playing. Just the fact that someone with such a global presence was playing so intimately for people, was more than enough. Even as Annie transitioned from deep house to some serious drum and bass tracks, there was no change in the crowd. No jumping, nobody on anyone’s shoulders, no commotion. These were actual Annie Mac fans and not just people who had wandered in for a random night. This may also have to do with the fact that Annie lets the music be her stage presence. She doesn’t yell into the microphone, she doesn’t dance… she barely even looks up. It was very different show from the usual venue fare.
Annie Mac played a flawless set for the Toronto crowd. Was it crazy or mind blowing? No, but that’s not why you pay to see her. She is as much a talent curator as she is a skilled live DJ. When she plays small intimate shows like this, you are seeing someone who is respected, and does not toy with gimmicks. Annie Mac came to Toronto, she brought her fans out from far and wide, there was some happiness, some tears, she did her thing behind the decks – all were left satisfied, and yearning for more. Simply put- it was amazing.