Goodbye Footwork

A growing yet unfortunate trend in Toronto is nightclubs closing down and condo buildings going up in their place.

This past weekend one of Toronto’s hottest clubs closed down, Footwork.

It was a place the respected electronic music, very famous for house music however. This place kept it real; no such thing as a dress code, everyone was welcome and most importantly it had a very friendly atmosphere. You can go in there alone and meet awesome people. Footwork had it’s own community of people who would go there almost every weekend.

Footwork for me will always be memorable, it’s where I spent my new years even 2012 with my girlfriend. We heard DJ Sneak spin a set using vinyls. It was a great experience and the music had us moving throughout the whole night. Regrettably so, I was unable to go back but I made it a priority to check out the closing party this past Friday. Footwork is the only nightclub in Toronto that I can compare to Stereo Montreal; a place that respects the sound and for any music lover, this is important.

In it’s earlier years FW was known as an after-hours but the vibe has stuck. The purple lighting and the alleyway gave it an underground sort of experience which I love. The intimate interior of the club is inviting and on the dance floor very few are using their phones and are focused on dancing and socializing with their friends. The place had a lot of charm, from the twin disco balls to the LED panels above the DJ booth tucked away giving people lots of space to dance. It will be missed and I am glad I was able to experience it before it went away.

However the organizers who brought the amazing DJs and events to the venue are still active so be sure to stay tuned for updates on Jonathan Rosa’s twitter.

Farewell Footwork.

-Ani H.

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Mau5 in the Hau5

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Guvernment complex and so I was invited to go this past Wednesday.

They were launching the brand new Microsoft Surface computer that has touch technology and the new Windows 8 interface where everything is cascaded across your screen. Very clean looking design overall.

Upon my arrival I noticed a projection promoting the Surface on the “Kool Haus” sign located above the ticket booths and also a much more corporate crowd than what you usually see when you’re going to the Guv for a night of dance.

Taken with Nexus 4

Taken with Nexus 4

A very nice touch to the venue were the cubes in the bottle service area. They had Microsoft icons on the light cubes, this gave the Haus some Microsoft swag in addition to the surface logo on the LED panels throughout the room. Those with VIP access, were served complimentary alcohol for the duration of the event and as any corporate launch party I had the pleasure of viewing tweets on TV screens from my friends and I.

*Video courtesy of Stilez

Deadmau5 played a very nice set, albeit short, he played a good spectrum of sounds including some of big hits and some experimental stuff. Deadmau5 is well known for playing mostly his own tracks in his sets which has become rather uncommon recently. He also played some techno which was a nice touch.

The event did not get uncomfortably crowded, the place was definitely busy with lots of room to dance and socialize with friends. I was very pleased by this.

Taken with Nexus 4

Taken with Nexus 4

One thing that surprised me the most was the production that was placed on the stage, I was expecting a very simple DJ booth set up, but Microsoft brought out a big stage set up including LED panels and a geometrical booth. The lights were also on point, giving the show a beautiful aesthetic.

Big thanks goes to Veritas and Microsoft for throwing such an amazing party.

-Ani H.