Last night, entertainment upstart CiRCA faced one of its toughest challenges yet: how can a club, especially one of its size, impress or even satisfy a massive crowd of rockers in Toronto? Well, Torontoist reader skeptical, it is our pleasure to report to you that it passed with flying colours.
With the help of Paris-based electrorockersuperstars Justice, A.D/D. sold out not just one venue in Toronto, but two. Last night’s show was originally scheduled for the Mod Club, a suitable venue for such a performance, but clearly not large enough. The show sold out in days. When CiRCA finally got its liquor license, the show was moved there and, to many people’s surprise, sold out there too. Three thousand people, most of them CiRCA virgins; what the hell was going to happen, we wondered?
One needed only to keep one’s ears peeled to hear the reactions of the uninitiated, which were overwhelmingly positive. A CiRCA virgin’s experience often revolves around exploring the many themed rooms and, even though many areas were closed last night, the thousands of attendees who’d more often be rocking out to guitars and drum kits than turntables and sequencers lauded the venue loudly. The near-mob scene that broke out during Justice’s anthems D.A.N.C.E. and We Are Your Friends left even the most skeptical hipsters with a positive feeling; “I can’t believe that just happened!” was a common reaction to the happy mosh pit. Even Toronto’s epicentre of cynicism, Stillepost, has good things to say about the place.
Did the City of Lights show Hogtown just how it’s done, or did Paris leave with a tiny twinge of envy? Only tonight’s RANDOMLAND will tell.
Photo by Kristina Groeger.