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Does Toronto Really Love Britpop?

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A few weeks ago Kensington Market’s Neu+ral Lounge announced on Stillepost that they were looking for djs and party organizers to take over their Saturday night slot. Organizers of Eat Your Greens, a Britpop, Mod and Soul night, have decided to leave the venue for the El Mocambo, and will be doing so starting February 10.
Last weekend Neu+ral announced that the new Saturday night will be called Kensington Station, and will be hosted by DJ Lawrence, who you may have seen spinning at Queen West’s Lot 16. Strangely, Lawrence and Neu+ral are promoting the event as an Indie, Britpop and ‘Trash’ night (whatever that means), and promise to play bands like Joy Division, Blur, Ride and the Bluetones among others. Another Britpop night?
To put it lightly, the organizers at Eat Your Greens are unhappy with the decision, and vocalized these complaints on the messageboard. As apologies are made and the dust settles, a few important questions remain: Are there enough people in Toronto who listen to 80s and 90s British Pop music to sustain both nights? When DJ Lawrence promises to play “cutting edge Britpop,” what exactly does that mean? Why doesn’t Neu+ral try something new?
While many local music fans will shrug in disbelief, none of this should be too shocking. After grunge and alternative music lost momentum in the 90s, some music fans turned to the cheeky and fashionable sounds produced in the UK. Nights like Blow Up (which only ended last year) and Mod Club started at the Lion and Lava. Eventually the Mod Club Theatre was established and the Vespa store emerged.
Apparently, Toronto hearts this Britpop and Mod stuff like crazy. The real test comes on February 10 when Eat Your Greens and Kensington Station go head to head: Will Toronto embrace two British themed nights on the same night, or will one prevail? Or, will both nights self-destruct out of poor attendance? And finally, does anyone care?
Photo courtesy of tantek of Flickr.

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