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August 3, 2012
THE SCOOP ON LAST WEEKEND
Last weekend I was in relax mode but I ended it off with a well-deserved session of Love Sundays at Terraces Bonsecours hosted by Montreal renowned artist Danny Torrence, with special guests Nick Militana and one of our favourite neighboors from Toronto, The Junkies. I actually arrived just in time for their set and the place was jam packed! People were bumping, the weather was beautiful and don’t even get me started on the beats — PROPER (a term frequently used by our fellow Torontonians).
The Junkies’ creds have been soaring at a speed of lightning with their name popping out from every corner – a real musical pandemic! Just this past year they’ve been coming out with one release after another including the EMMA EP on Inmotion Records, Au Jour le Jour EP on SCI+TEC and Bring You Up EP on Local just to name a few. Not to mention their recent signing under Dubfire’s Bullit Agency and their gig in Croatia for the Ohm festival alongside label buddy Carlo Lio, and many more! “Croatia was beautiful“, says Val (one half of the duo), “It was on an island two hours away from the city of Split, and had a very exclusive feel. It definetaly has the potential to grow to something enormous in the future!”
During my convo with Val, I pointed out the fact that they’ve had numerous gigs in Montreal this past year. I then bit my tongue and worked up the courage to ask him the million dollar question : Whats better…Montreal or Toronto? He smirked and replied : “The people in Montreal have such a great vibe. People actually care about the music and the quality of the sound instead of worrying about bar sales. Most importantly, Montrealers are all about love and care, all the way from the fans right down to the club owners.”
Standing next to Val was the infamous Danny Torrence, the man behind the whole night and Love Sundays this summer. “The purpose of Love sundays is plain and simple : PROPER music in a PROPER setting“, said Torrence.
WEEKEND PARTY FORECAST
This weekend is all about Divers/Cite, a festival celebrating our city’s beautiful LGBT community, and of course Osheaga! There is so much going on this weekend so I encourage all of you to attend at least one of these musically-fulled shindigs, of which most of them have been organized from our city’s ever so talented locals! We love you guys!
Friday August 3rd:
Salon Daome – Microzoo | Paskal Daze | Nathan Burns
Bains Douches – DRAMA QUEEN @MTL
Stereo Montreal – Dustin Zahn | Kalden Bess
Circus Afterhours – DJ Preach | Jul Raken | Highestpoint
Saturday, August 4th:
Royal Phoenix – The F Word || Mary Hell | B’UGO | Hatchmatik * Tigga Calore
Velvet – Monitor
Stereo Montreal – Divers Cite Presente | Peter Rauhofer | Isaac Escalante
Circus Afterhours – SUPERCHUMBO | Stefane Lippé | Terry Tilldawn || PRIDE
Sunday, August 5th:
Terrasses Bonsecours – Love Sundays PRIDE EDITION | Henry Arena | Tommy Villacorta | Hex Hector & Steve Bear
Stereo Montreal – Divers Cite Presente | Chus & Ceballos | Casa Nostra
Piknic Electronik – Zone Piknic @Osheaga
MEET N’ GREET OF THE WEEK
This week we get to meet a local that has accomplished so much for herself and is racing up to the top and not letting anyone in her way! DJ Tizi is one little ball of energy with one extra large size of ambition. From Unity to Royal Phoenix, UN, Beachclub, and for the first time this week…Stereo Montreal, Tizi will soon be rolling with the major league players in the Tech-house scene!
Arda Oz (AO): Who is Tizi?
Tizi (TZ): Tizi is a young female DJ from Montreal. She has a lot of ambition and perseverance, always striving for more. Her versatility is her strength; she started playing in urban clubs and doing hip hop-Top 40 sets. Then she fell in love with electronic music when she discovered Salon Daome and Piknic Electronik. She played her first electronic set at Festival Panorama 2011, and from there started her underground side. So versatile that she has played Club Unity, Salon Daome and Beachclub in a single weekend.
AO: Who is Olivia Nasr?
TZ: Olivia is 22 years old, just finished her diploma in restaurant management at ITHQ. Really close to her family, loves her friends and never partys enough. I love to go out, discover new places and new DJs. For now I’m focusing on my DJ career rather than restaurant management only because this is what makes me happy for now. The energy and adrenaline I get from gigs, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
AO: Your schedule has been filling up more and more! What are your highlights for gigs so far?
TZ: HOT SAUCE is definitely the event I look forward to every month. The venue, the crowd, everything about that party is magical. I get to play what I want and I get to tag team with a special guest every month. I’ve had the pleasure to share the decks with people I respect as individuals and as DJs; Pat Boogie, King Louis, Amara (LA), DJ Abeille just to name a few. Moreover, I got to play at Salon Daome twice this summer, and this is something i waited for ever since I discovered that venue!
AO: By the time this article is published, you will have already spun at Stereo Montreal for the first time ever the day before for Yoga Jam. Must be so exciting, what are you feeling?
TZ: Oh you have no idea how excited I am! When I think of the DJs that have spun there already, I can’t wait to rock the sound system. When Line Trepanier asked me if I was up for it, I made everything in my power to change my schedule and make it!
AO: One thing I respect you for are your unique branding skills. I love what you have done with “Hot Sauce”, your residency at the Royal Pheonix. What is the true meaning behind Hot Sauce?
TZ: The true meaning behind the name? It’s my good friend Cynthia Santamaria’s idea! She’s the brain behind Hot Sauce, she’s the one who came up with this amazing party. And Hot Sauce is an expression she and her friends used back in the days to describe someone that was good looking!
AO: So I here your Hot Sauce 1 year anniversary celebration will be taken place at the same time as Diverscite in the old port this year! How convenient! What can we expect?
TZ: This Saturday August 4th, Hot Sauce will be celebrating it’s 1st year anniversary and for the occasion we’ve organized a bigger party in a bigger venue at Bains Douches in the old port. Not only that, I’ll have the honor to share the decks with Lisa Pittman from Las Vegas, one of Marquee’s resident DJs. I heard her play in Los Angeles and now I get to spin with her at Hot Sauce, what more can I ask for.
AO: Great promo video for that by the way. Really Original. What made you film yourself driving in your car while talking to a camera?
TZ:Well people are so tired of posts and invites on Facebook these days. They get bombared and don’t pay attention to any of that stuff anymore. So I thought the video would be more interactive than a simple post on my wall. Almost 400 views, I think it worked out pretty well no?
AO: Speaking of Divers Cite, how important do you feel is the impact of the LGBT community in the underground house scene here in Montreal?
TZ:The impact is huge! LGBT community is a community that loves to party, and by party I mean party. No wonder why the biggest afterhours are located in the village. Not only that, the thing I love about the community is that they have great tastes in DJs. Have you seen the line up for Divers Cite’s stages this year? Chocolate Puma, David Herrero, Chus & Ceballos, David Morales. HUGE! Oh by the way I’m playing for Divers Cite on Friday August 3rd at the APOCALIPSTICK stage hosted by Royal Phoenix’s owner Val Desjardins. I’m on at 9pm, and it’s a free!
AO: In an industry where the masculine presence is far more dominant, how proud are you to have such a strong presence in your city as a female artist? What do you have to say for other aspiring female DJs?
TZ: I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far, and yes people have underestimated me because I’m a female but that’s before I get on the decks J. But you know there’s a lot of DJs that have help me a lot in this game to get me where I’m at today. And the most important people, and every DJ will agree with me here, are the ones who come out to support me. Might sound cheesy, but I wouldn’t be here without them! To aspiring female DJs, and every other DJ who wants to make it; Never let your success get to your head, be true to yourself and to others.
Thank you Tizi and the rest of our talented Montreal locals for making this city what it is today! You can catch Tizi this weekend for Hot Sauce happening Saturda at Bains Douches!!
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I wish everyone a great weekend and don’t forget to party hard!!
Also make sure to check out this sick review on DJ Sneak and his new release on Desolat…right here!