Local DJ explains why she loves playing "Gay Christmas."
DJ Fawn Big Canoe—yes, that’s her real name—has been a fixture in Toronto’s club scene for over a decade, playing everywhere from small lounges to massive clubs. This year, the house music veteran returns to Pride to play her biggest outdoor gig to date at Pride’s central stage. She took a few minutes to talk to Torontoist about playing large spaces and why she loves Pride. Read the edited and condensed interview after the jump.
How did you get into DJing?
Growing up, that’s what was getting popular, electronica and all that kind of stuff. Also, it was less noisy than the drums.
You have a really prime spot this year. How did you get that slot?
They approached me last year, and had me on a side stage, the Village Stage, and apparently the stage manager had rave reviews about me, so they asked me to do it again on a bigger stage. I’m actually doing the OLG Stage and the one I did last year. I’m literally unplugging and running right to the next one.
Is this the biggest system you’ve ever played on?
I was one of the many DJs who played Circa when that was a thing, so that would have been similar, but this is the biggest outdoor one for sure.
What are you going to do to move the crowd in that big space?
I’m going to stay away from the Top 40 that they’ve been hearing all day, be a little bit sexier, a little bit bassier.
What’s the one song that’s been in your arsenal the longest?
It’s probably that old ’80s acid house tune, “Work it to the Bone.” There’s another one that’s not always crowd-appropriate called “Gimme Head,” and it’s just the bass and a guy talking about getting his dick sucked. That’s a popular one with ladies and gents. Anything about sex goes over well.
What’s your favourite part of playing Pride?
The energy; there’s nowhere else you can go in Toronto, save for a few clubs, that will have people going crazy for the entire show. That and it’s a holiday. It’s like gay Christmas. Everyone’s in a great mood.