Put Your Hands Up for Detroit
It has been one week since the inauguration of Crosstown, Toronto’s newest underground (literally) dance spot. Formerly Healy’s, and well before that, Bassmint, this fresh Queen and Bathurst club has gotten an exposed-brick and Edison-lightbulb makeover, adding to the raw, minimal feel of the place.
Party people seem to recognize every calendar holiday, and who better to celebrate last night with than Detroit techno legend Derrick May? The man credited with helping invent the genre spun 3 hours of straight bangin’ dance tunes, the kind that make you nod your head to the washing machine the morning after. From old school acid techno to some surprise soulful house, Derrick May had the place on the (very dark) dancefloor until the lights came on. After his set, he and every serious global DJ and promoter of international nightlife are off to Miami for the 2007 Winter Music Conference.
Throughout the night, at least a dozen people could be heard remarking, “Oh my god, I used to party here when this place was The Bassmint!” Apparently, Christian Unabomber of Terror Inc. held a weekly party in the space that ran for seventy one hours, featuring greatest-of-all-time artists like Frankie Bones, Boo Williams and Disco D. That missing hour, as rumor has it, was to literally hose down the floor before they let everyone back in to do it all over again.
How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Toronto?
Photo by Air`Leth Aodhfin, JaMmCat on Flickr.