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When you watch videos of Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom, more suitably known as Dada Life, you are forced to question whether these guys are completely crazy or just very good showmen. When given the opportunity to write an article on their performance at THE997 with openers Royce&Tan and Swagtop Steve, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. THE997, a weekly event implemented at the luxurious Time Supper Club nine months ago, has crafted an entertainment livewire of musical acts and revolutionized the concept of entertainment dining. Boasting performances by everyone from Prince Club to Paris FZ & Simo T, the bouncing patrons were, to say the least, itching for these Swedes to rip the roof off Montreal’s ten year-old exclusive attraction.
The night began with the sounds of Time Supper Club’s residents. Swagtop Steve, a versatile DJ, played tasteful house music during dinner before switching over to his up-tempo hip-hop to get the crowd off their seats. Royce&Tan then took the reigns; these two Montreal natives have exploded onto the local scene in the past year, opening for acts such as Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Steve Aoki.
Dada Life walked out onto the stage in a train of security and, fans holding their famous inflatable bananas and plastic champagne bottles. It was evident at this point that the vibe of the night was erupting into something memorable. The crowd, which ranged from students to professionals, and a few occasional enthusiasts dressed up as bananas, was uncontainable. Dada Life’s use of high-tempo electro-house had people chugging champagne by the bottle and surfing their way into the dark. Adding to the notable moments of the night, Engblom’s howl towards the crowd, as Dada Life’s remix of Duck Sauce’s Big Bad Wolf dropped, was chill generating. Their Aoki-esque use of the mic was experienced throughout the night: Corneer screaming into the mic during their personal hit Kick Out The Epic MotherF*cker was proof of the duo’s sensational fan control. However, in my opinion, the most entertaining instant occurred halfway through their set. As the sounds increasingly propelled the partygoers, the DJs showered the dance floor with a bucket of Moet & Chandon champagne.
The mixture of both Dada Life’s incredible stage performance, as well as THE997’s illustrious clientele resulted in a successful event that was nothing short of spectacular. I cannot suggest enough to sensation seekers or anyone who is yet to experience such emotions to grab any given opportunity to attend the duo’s live shows.
Dada Life’s performance at THE997: sensorial candy for the audible fiend.
Words by Zachary Morai-Macklovitch Photos by Jazmin Million