Another week, another amazing show. If you’re in Ontario’s capital today, I urge you to head over to Yonge and Dundas Square, where the Mad Decent Block Party is raging even as we speak. Local heroes Zeds Dead will be wrapping things up later tonight, and I predict they’ll be shaking the concrete in such a manner as to have the walls of the nearby Eaton Center clinging on for dear life. It’s an extravaganza, amigos – and it’s FREE!!! Say no more.
Speaking of Zeds Dead, we start this week’s Sweets with the brand new EP the duo dropped earlier this week — a collaboration with Omar LinX and, as you’d expect, a classic. Elsewhere, Montreal duo Botnek have a heavy-duty remix on their hands and Alvin Risk takes Fun.‘s “We are Young,” plus a few other goodies. Onward!
Shifting gears a bit today, we turn our eyes to the big screen, where the documentary Global Groove Network is set to make its Toronto debut next week. This is a film that digs deep into the creation and evolution of the music we have come to adore: EDM. Through the eyes of filmmaker Courtney James, we travel around the world to learn, from a multitude of perspectives, how electronic and dance music affects people’s lives.
I’m a huge fan of the documentary The Electro Wars, and this film looks like it ought to rival the latter — not only in its intensity, but also in terms of it relateability to hardcore ravers and newbies alike. There have, of course, been documentaries before that promised to dissect the world of EDM; most have just left me feeling that the filmmakers were motivated by the desire to get access to concerts. This film is different. It’s about the ideals at the heart of this vibrant yet vulnerable culture.
It’s also about the curious case of the DJ — that singular figure at the heart of our genre, dismissed by some as a selfish wanker with an overstuffed iPod, revered by others as a maestro who weaves atmospheres of symphonic complexity and subtlety. Courtney James makes a study of what it means to be a DJ, what goes into the DJ’s art, and what kind of responsibility comes along with being DJ. Many of the craft’s finest practitioners lend their insights and inspiration to the film — among them Sander Kleinenberg, Donald Glaude, Arno Cost and Toronto’s Manzone & Strong.
Here’s how the Global Groove NetworkWeb site describes the film:
This documentary is an experience into the subconscious of music and tribal healing. The myths and the realities of this culture will be exposed. Prepare yourself for the journey …