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INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v27 w/ Neil Quigley

On Saturday, June 21, 2014 INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND joins the 27 Club when we wrap up our TOiKA club series as we started, with an open-to-close set from one of our all-time favs. We still have some parties planned before we tie a ribbon on our event promotions later this year, but after 27 memorable vibes, Neil Quigley will bring INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND to a close.

Reduced Advance Tickets for INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v27 featuring an open-to-close set by the UK’s Neil Quigley at TOiKA are available at wantickets.com.

It’s amazing to think it’s been almost seven years since we first booked Neil Quigley. It was our fourth party for EXPOSED at The Mod Club Theatre and Neil’s debut in Toronto.

If you’ve ever been to The Mod Club, you know it’s a difficult space to fill for DJ events, especially when it’s an underground talent like Neil. Despite the complexities of the venue, we pulled it off and Quiggers performed so well, we brought him back for another stellar performance four months later.

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v27 w/ Neil QuigleyThat first EXPOSED party in November 2007 was especially memorable for Neil, as he met his wife that night. I remember looking down off the stage as we ushered Neil to the booth, locking eyes with Vanessa while she mouthed the words; “I came here for him.”

It was an amazing feeling because we weren’t sure how many people would be familiar with Neil’s work. Vanessa certainly was, and in retrospect, it must have been the cosmos that compelled us to book him because their match was certainly made at EXPOSED. Helping those two come together is one of the all-time highlights of our promotion.

The second gig in February 2008 was even busier than the first and Neil’s set was just as awesome as his debut. That was surely the night his love affair with Toronto – and visa versa – was cemented.

Quiggers ended up aligning himself closely with the Fabricated crew, who had strong ties to his soon-to-be wife and a very cool monthly at Stone Lounge – ironically right across the street from The Mod Club. Most of Neil’s Fabricated sets were open-to-close affairs, because he quite simply, “lives for those kind of nights.”

The master selector has always had affection for deeper sounds. It’s what turned us onto his talent in the first place. The all-night sessions allow Neil to start in a deep groove and transition to some funky tech for the peak. Pacemaker Science, as we like to describe it.

Neil’s new imprint REFiNE, alongside German house legends The Timewriter and Terry Lee Brown Jr. is also aptly named. We’ve always considered Mr. Quigley to be an artist with the most refined taste. Neil’s British charm shines through in the label’s releases, his personal production and most certainly his DJ sets.

This reunion has been a long time coming, as we’ve been itching to host Neil at INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND. We know it’s the perfect environment to showcase his phenomenal skill and class. It will be extra special knowing this I&U will be our last.

Don’t miss this chance to be a part of the ever-growing legend that is Neil Quigley in Toronto, and to be on the dance floor for the end of a bringthebeats era. Let the countdown to the Last Dance begin.

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v26 w/ Ian Pooley

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v26 w/ Ian Pooley

After almost 12-years promoting in this crazy club business, we need to book outside our box to keep things fresh, and in the process, hopefully introduce as many punters to the newly-renovated TOIKA as we can. It’s now Toronto’s only intimate underground space and too many scenesters don’t know about it. Yet.

When it comes to the real house music crowd, we figure there’s no better way to make a TOIKA introduction than by hosting a bucket-list booking like Ian Pooley.  Ian’s responsible for so many of our favourite tracks throughout the years. His discography is a massive list of electronic hits dating back to the early 90′s, including collaborations with Dee-Lite, The Cardigans and Daft Punk. If there’s ever a house music hall of fame, Ian Pooley’s guaranteed to be in it.

Reduced Advance Tickets for INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v26 w/ Germany’s Ian Pooley and bringthebeats resident Craig Anderson on Saturday May 31st at TOIKA are now available at wantickets.com.

As pointed out on the dance floor of our last party, we’re now known to be a promotion who books old-school talent. Which is kind of crazy because we’ve always taken pride in presenting the most upfront sounds. Nevertheless, they’re probably right, because we’ve always focused on DJs, not producers, to perform at our parties. We want to ensure our dance floor actually dances, and unbelievably, DJ-first bookings are a rarity these days.

Thankfully – and you can hear in the IAN POOLEY dj sets archive below – we have an artist booked at TOIKA on May 31st who can do both. Ian not only constructs some of house music’s all-time greatest tracks, he also mixes the entire spectrum of the genre with absolute class.

The first INTIMATE & UNDEROUND of 2014 is going to be another incredibly special night for those who know, and now you do. Join us at one of the coolest clubs in the city to hear one of the most stylish artists in our business. Step outside your box, we guarantee you won’t regret it.

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INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v24… Maestros Luke & Cesar

I&U v24 w/ Luke Fair & Cesar Caballero

The cards were stacked against us. Toronto’s longest-running underground club was celebrating its closing weekend. Guy J was less than a week before… Sasha at Stereo and Halloween the week after… John Digweed at Stereo and Henry Saiz Live at Toika the week after that! It’s been a long time since our market was saturated with so many of our scene’s marquee talent, how could we expect the niche to fit in our little anniversary jam?

Heading into the event, it appeared they wouldn’t. Our advance tickets were a tad low for a Luke Fair party and Cesar Caballero played for a way-too-empty dance floor for way too long. It’s like pulling teeth to fill any room before midnight on the best of nights, but with the odds definitely not on our side, we were a bit worried. The party that’s traditionally the best for us had become a stress.

Then, just before the witching hour, the flood gates opened. The Luke Fair faithful stormed through the door. Cesar’s fans slide-stepped in front of the booth and the energy amped in a matter of minutes. The frustrated folks from around the corner began to filter in and soon after they called their friends to come over and experience what was shaping up to be our most memorable Toika party of the year. And that it was.

Despite some worries on the home front of his own, Cesar warmed the room to perfection, as he always does. Even when the room was more baron than usual, you could hear (below) Cesar was focused and in the groove. He steps into the booth with a plan and executes, regardless of the circumstance. And when it’s time to turn it on, Cesar is always primed to please. Cesar Caballero has become satisfaction guaranteed.

There’s a feeling of comfort we all have when Luke Fair’s at the top of the bill. The transition from Cesar to Luke is always seamless. They’ve played together so often Luke knows exactly what to expect and Cesar knows exactly what Luke plans to do next. Their trust certainly creates a fluid night of music.

For us, we always know we’re going to see our best friends on the floor when Luke is in the booth. The vibe is priceless when the room is full and the DJ knows most everybody’s name, and on this night, he tailored his set especially for this crew. Countless edits and special cuts kept the memories flowing from the start (below) to the unwelcomed finish (which we’ll leave for those who know).

Thanks so much to everyone who supported us at this sensational party and all the others the past 11 years.  As time passes it becomes more and more difficult to remain connected to our underground family outside these parties, which makes INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND more meaningful with every passing event.  And when Luke and Cesar conduct the affair with such grace, it makes us even more excited for what comes next… and that’s DANNY HOWELLS club kids!!!

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v25 w/ Danny Howells

Danny Howells: Balance 024We modeled the INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND concept after the Big DJ Small Club parties of the Goldclub Series in the early 2000′s. At the time – in 2008 – we’d run our course inside big venues and were in search of a space that could recreate our after-party vibe. Toika Lounge became the place and five-plus years later; our dream of regularly hosting world-class DJs in a cozy room has become a reality.

Under the I&U banner alone, 2013 has seen the likes of Jody Wisternoff, Eelke Kleijn, Ricky Ryan, Luke Fair, Kosmas Epsilon, Henry Saiz and Desyn Masiello step inside the Toika booth. Ozmozis Productions has added stars such as Guy J, Quivver, Luis Junior and John 00 Fleming to this impressive list. Toika has arguably become Toronto’s premiere underground club, but that argument may be soon put to rest when the one-and-only Danny Howells touches down while on his Balance 024 album tour.

That’s right! DANNY HOWELLS will headline INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v25 at Toika Lounge on Saturday December 14, 2013, alongside an incredibly excited Cesar Caballero. Reduced Advance* tickets are available at www.wantickets.com.

*Includes a promo code worth $10 off the purchase of a Reduced Advance ticket for bringthebeats NEW YEAR’S EVE featuring RICKY RYAN, Cesar Caballero & Craig AndersonIt will be emailed to you within a few days of your I&U v25 ticket purchase.

Even though we believe every one of our bookings is equally special, we’d be fools not to acknowledge the enhanced importance of this event. Danny Howells is a certified mega star in our community and probably has no business spinning in a room Toika’s size, especially considering his insane popularity in Toronto for well over a decade.

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v25 w/ Danny HowellsNevertheless, he is and it’s thanks to all the DJs mentioned above, as well as their fans, who’ve helped bringthebeats, GROOVE GARDEN and Ozmozis put Toika on the worldwide map. The music-focused vibe we’ve created is second to none and it’s resonating throughout the scene. Across the board our little jams are in demand and that’s why we’ve been able to secure Danny Howells as he joins the prestigious Balance Series family.

In retrospect, it’s shocking Danny’s only now compiling a Balance.  The series has always been the most relevant to the underground and reflective of the rising music of the moment. An installment from a trend-setter like Danny Howells is a no-brainer.  He doesn’t only fit the mold, but he’s probably an influential figure to all of the 23 artists featured before him.

As emphasized in the Balance 024 release, Danny Howells has never given into commercial temptation; he’s always just been Danny.  An artist who’s  known to be the most in tune with the dance floor – for better or worse – and someone who pushes boundaries simply because he has such great taste.  The Humble Selector is exactly right; though we’ve yet to really meet Danny, everyone in house music knows this compilation couldn’t have been granted to a cooler, nicer guy.

The last time we loved Danny live was at his WMC Dig Deeper party at Bed, a relatively intimate setting when it comes to Miami clubs.  A year ago we heard him inside a large venue in Toronto and it wasn’t nearly the experience.  We view Danny a DJ who’s at his best when inspired, and after 11-plus years preparing to be who we are today, we believe our crew can provide the inspiration required for a magical ride from one of the greatest talents electronic music will ever know.  It’s now time for us to live up to our own hype.

DANNY HOWELLS dj sets

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INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v24 w/ Luke Fair

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v24 w/ Luke Fair & Cesar Caballero

We’d say it’s hard to believe we’re still promoting the underground, but after a year as great as our 11th, it totally makes sense we are. The progressive style of DJing has made a serious comeback – and with people digging the groovy-melodic stuff more and more – bringthebeats has never been in a better position.  It would’ve been a travesty to have given up before now.

Luke Fair headlines the bringthebeats 11th anniversary party alongside Cesar Caballero at Toika Lounge on Saturday October 19th. Reduced advance tickets are available at www.wantickets.com.

Cesar Caballero and his GROOVE GARDEN crew are without a doubt our inspiring force. His skills as a DJ / producer are ever improving and they were already phenomenal when we met at our 9th anniversary in 2011.  Cesar’s sensational graphics make our joint promotion look so pro and his kind heart and enthusiasm maintain a positive focus for us all. With Cesar as our No.1 resident, the sky’s the limit. Our 12th year is dedicated to achieving the worldwide recognition Cesar Caballero wholeheartedly deserves.

Of course the constant throughout our entire 11-year run is Luke Fair. After all these years Luke continues to sound fresh. He constantly evolves, while maintaining his signature funky sound. Each time he steps into a bringthebeats booth it’s incredibly special. It’ll be difficult to top any one of Luke’s previous eight Toika Lounge appearances, but we guarantee Mr. Consistency will show up and impress once again.

Whether you’ve been there from the beginning or just recently caught onto our groove, our most sincere appreciation to everyone who has supported us. Our goal has always been to create a movement. A community focused on the music, understanding “the party” is key to a memorable vibe.  Each event throughout the past year we’ve had a dance floor filled with people on board with this mission.  We feel privileged and grateful to finally make our dream a reality. Thanks again, because it wouldn’t be going down without you.

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INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v23 w/ Jody Wisternoff

Jody Wisternoff at INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v17

There are so many fantastic underground DJs out there, we’d love to debut a new artist at INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND every month.   To present a fresh face as often as possible is our goal, but some of our bookings must return as soon as possible because of the positive impact they have not only on the Toika Lounge dance floor, but on the bringthebeats / GROOVE GARDEN movement as a whole.  This is why we booked Eelke Kleijn twice in four months, Luke Fair and Ricky Ryan as often as we can and now Jody Wisternoff for his second I&U appearance of 2013.

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v23 featuring the UK’s Jody Wisternoff and bringthebeats resident Cesar Caballero goes down FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH at Toika Lounge.  Get your tickets now!!

We’ve learned its best for a promotion to build a roster of quality bookings to ensure their community is properly entertained each event.  Clubbers appreciate consistency and cherish dance floor memories.  If we can allow our crew to relive the vitality of one of our past gigs, we must jump on that opportunity.  The same can be said about our relationship with the talent.  If we can reconstruct the vibe that inspires a DJ like Jody Wisternoff to perform as well as he did at INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND V17, we need to make it happen again.

Fingers crossed Jody’s second Toika Lounge show will go off a little smoother than the first.  In February Jody traveled in behind one the largest snow storms Canada has endured in the past three years.  He suffered delays in Calgary and Toronto to the point where he literally stepped off the plane and into the booth.  Nevertheless, with luggage at his side, the Anjunadeep star amazed the crowd with an array of groovy, funky and super-fresh selections mixed with more energy and enthusiasm than most of our well-rested bookings.  He’s an absolute pro who wholeheartedly loves his job, regardless of the circumstances.  We admire him for that, and that’s why he’s back!

Jody always has so much going on in his career; he’s constantly on tour in support of something.  This time around he’s promoting Anjunadeep05, his first commercially-released compilation for the world-renown label.  The two-mix package – also featuring label boss James Grant – reached #1 on the US iTunes chart on its first day of release this past July.  Infusing the entire submission with his magic touch, Jody has included two originals and many remixes and reshapes in a sublime mix.   It’s a must listen for anyone loving the modern deep-house sound as much as we are.

And if you just can’t enough of Jody Wisternoff, dig into his ever-growing dj sets archive below.  We have so much love for this guy always keeping us in his groove.

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v22 w/ Eelke Kleijn

Eelke Kleijn at Toika Lounge, May 5, 2013

Our first promotion alongside Ozmozis Productions may have thrown some off a bit. With back-to-back parties hosting Eelke Kleijn and Henry Saiz, the latter being an INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND, too many of the bringthebeats / GROOVE GARDEN crew missed Eelke’s mind-blowing performance. Toika Lounge was still over-flowing with fans and amazing energy, but it was definitely Oz’s crew carrying the load for the Ozmozis presents night.

Well, on Saturday August 10th, we’re remedying that by providing our community with a second chance to hear the absolute brilliance of Eelke Kleijn, this time for INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND with Cesar Caballero warming the floor.  GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

In May, Eelke proved to be an absolute pro. We already knew this through his phenomenal production and ultra-successful Outside the Box podcast, but his genius was confirmed after hearing an absolutely impeccable DJ set inside Toika Lounge. Eelke’s mixing was proper and programming 100% on point. We’ve booked many DJs over the years, but few possess the precision and skill Eelke Kleijn put on display that night.

Warm-Up Sessions w/ Eelke Kleijn, Andrew McDonnell and Cesar Caballero

Adding to Eelke’s growing legend with us is his refreshing, low-maintenance approach.    He’s so friendly and up for anything; agreeing to do the Warm-Up Sessions on a whim, conducting an impromptu interview for Way of Acting and greeting every fan with a smile and as much time as we could give them to chat.  There’s not a pretentious bone in Eelke’s body, even though he’s more than talented enough to justify acting like a rock star.

We just cannot say enough great things about this truly humble individual and cannot wait to host his unbelievable talent for the second time in four months.  If there’s anyone who can follow up the magic of INTIMATE & ON THE BOAT, it’s Eelke.  Actually, we should prepare to have it turned up a notch because that’s what this gentle giant does best.  Get your dancing shoes on club kids, Eelke Klein is coming back to tear it up… again.

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INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v21 w/ Kosmas Epsilon

Kosmas EpsilonAnyone who knows anything about the progressive style of DJing knows Kosmas Epsilon. He’s a DJ and a producer, not a producer trying to be a DJ. Kosmas knows how to build a set, like he constructs a track; with movement and direction. He’s supported bringthebeats online since 2009, but we’ve wanted to book Kosmas for a decade, so we’re super excited to finally make it happen as we reach the one-year mark of the bringthebeats / Groove Garden collaboration.

We could have easily booked a “name” artist for this special event; however, we wanted to stay true to the party’s name, INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND.  We’re trying to build your trust as a reliable source of good times and great music.  We feel the best way to do that is to debut a talent the masses may not be familiar with. If you take our word for it, you’ll be treated to one of best musical experiences of your clubbing life.  The essence of electronic music is discovery, and that’s what this party and promotion is all about.

Thank you!!

We also don’t want to gouge you at the door simply because it’s a milestone event for us.  Therefore, to show our sincere appreciation to all who’ve supported our movement this past year, we’ve reduced the advance ticket price to $10.  And that’s not all…

Ticket holders will also be granted access to our very first Way of Acting Warm-up sessions featuring live sets streamed around the globe from Kosmas and residents Cesar Caballero and Craig Anderson.  We’ll have some snacks for all who arrive early and cheap drinks will also be available throughout the Warm-up Sessions.  We’ll even buy your first drink if you arrive within the first half hour.

It’s all about the music for us, but the music wouldn’t be what is without amazing people to share it with. Again, a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who’s showed us love this past year.  Please join us on Saturday, June 8th so we can show you how much we appreciate your support.

The Toronto debuts of Eelke Kleijn and Henry Saiz

The Toronto debuts of Eelke Kleijn and Henry Saiz

bringthebeats, Groove Garden and Ozmozis Productions have been making great things happen at Toika Lounge since Terence Lam took over the club last spring. Oz has had the venue overflowing with underground trance and progressive acts including John 00 Fleming, Quivver and Guy J. They’re a promotion dedicated to sound and vibe, and after a year working side by side, it’s obvious all three groups approach the scene with like minds.

Our individual success at Toika and shared attraction to ‘music with direction’ makes the upcoming back-to-back collaboration to debut Eelke Kleijn and Henry Saiz in Toronto the next logical step. Of course the most common thread for bringthebeats and Groove Garden with Ozmozis is the progressive style, as it’s always been the essence of our funky house. We all want to hear DJs who come in with a purpose and challenge the dance floor.  There’s nobody in the current mix more equipped to do that than Eelkie Kliejn and Henry Saiz.

Ozmozis presents Eelke Kleijn & Andrew McDonnell

This is a highly anticipated Toronto debut for the progressive house community. A globetrotting DJ schedule and a production resume highlighted by renowned EDM labels, as well as Hollywood studios, makes Eelke Kleijn one of the few true modern day electronic composers. He’s been on our radar for years and when Oz showed interest as well, we knew this booking had to go down.  With one of our city’s most forward-thinking talents, Andrew McDonnell alongside, this event will take the Toika experience to the highest level.

A limited number of reduced advanced tickets are available at
www.wantickets.com/ozmozis-presents-eelke-klein

Below is a collection of DJ sets found on Eelke’s SoundCloud page, as well as some randoms found in the community.  Dig through these to get hyped for this monumental night…

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v20
w/ Henry Saiz & Cesar Caballero

Our back-to-back week of debuts continues with one of the hottest names in the business. Who’s bigger than Henry Saiz right now? Best Live Act, Best Label and Best Compilation in the 2012 DJ Mag Spain awards, and Best of 2011 for DEEJAY Magazine; what else needs to be said? With Groove Garden’s Cesar Caballero warming the floor, Volume 20 is going to be one massive party!

Again, a limited number of reduced advanced tickets are available at
www.wantickets.com/intimate-and-underground-v20

Again, an archive of DJ sets from Henry’s Souncloud page and some others found within the SoundCloud community.  If these don’t get you excited for Henry Saiz’s Toronto debut, you might as well stay home on May 11th…

Toika is the place!

The first two weekends in May will once again confirm Toika as a viable destination within the Toronto club scene. There’s not a space in the city with a more perfect combination of intimacy, club sound and comfort for everyone involved; patrons, promotion and talent. A new era is about to begin for the bringthebeats, Groove Garden and Ozmozis crews and there’s no better place to host our underground revolution than Toika Lounge. Come check us out!!

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v19 w/ Desyn Masiello

Our infatuation with funky house began with “In House We Trust 3” featuring the originators of the genre, Desyn Masiello and Luke Fair. Luke’s been a cornerstone of our promotion since the beginning, and though we’ve supported many of Desyn’s Toronto gigs, he’s never been featured at INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND; until now.

Desyn MasielloIf you ask a cross section of our favourite DJs who their inspirations are, 100% of them would include Desyn within the first few replied. He’s a true DJ’s DJ within our underground and one of the most connected to the dance floor. He’s embraced the party and profession to form the perfect hybrid in the booth. Desyn’s charismatic and incredibly skilled; approachable, yet still professional… we have no idea what’s taken us so long to bring him to Toika Lounge.

“It’s always exciting to share the DJ booth experience with someone like Desyn Masiello. I had the opportunity to warm up for Desyn back in Colombia and I’m happy to do it again for his INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND debut.  I’ve always enjoyed Desyn’s musical vision thru his well-recognized DJ-minded sets, the amazing SOS collective and now the important job he has with the Faciendo tribe.”  – Cesar Caballero

As founder of the Faciendo tribe, Desyn’s put together one of the freshest collectives in the business. Their bi-weekly podcast, simulcast on over 25 radio stations worldwide, features incredibly eclectic selections showcased within a multitude of formats. The most interesting of which are the community mixes, where the tribe pools tracks under the guidance of one of the Faciendo elders to compile some extremely outside-the-box sets; including a very unique submission for John Digweed’s Transitions.

Desyn’s taken the Faciendo concept into the clubs with parties in the UK, Australia and the WMC. And if you follow their SoundCloud account, you’ll find a steady stream of Faciendo remixes and edits that are as cool and unique as the other aspects of the project. It’s inspiring to watch the brand grow online, as well as in the live environment.

Desyn was recently published in The Sun where he summarizes the direction of the Faciendo project and makes insider observations on the state of the scene. It’s a rallying cry for those in the underground who could be disenchanted, and an educational piece for those who’ve just discovered electronic music. His words represent an unrelenting love and passion for the music, felt with a more experienced heart; more inspiration for our movement.

It’s been too long coming, but the time for our crew to spend at night with Desyn Masiello at INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND has finally come. Reduced tickets are available online at www.wantickets.com.  Secure your place on the dance floor now, you know this is going to be another night to remember forever.

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Desyn’s Faciendo treats and our favorite mixes. Stay tuned for classic additions…

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v18 w/ Ricky Ryan

Ricky Ryan at INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v14When you’ve got a great thing going, you have to ride it out. That’s what we have with Ricky Ryan - check that –  we have an amazing thing going with Ricky Ryan and that’s why we had to have him back in the Toika Lounge  booth as soon as possible.

His “strictly for the love” motto has never held more true. Ricky’s on absolute fire as a DJ, producer and even once again as a promoter with his GURUBOX intimate party series in Argentina.  His infatuation with the scene is fueled by an insane drive to make people dance. We plan on tapping into this positive energy once again Saturday March 9th.

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND has become a very special stop on Ricky’s travels…

“In this day and age, it can be hard to find like-minded crazy people that feel the same about this crazy music. Crazy + Crazy = Vibe, and such vibe is priceless. INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND is the way I like it, aha aha;” says Ricky, a guy who we believe knows a thing or two about vibe.

“I love playing Toronto because you guys make parties for the same reason I play parties, we share the cause. I&U inspires freedom of expression, the Toika crowd wishes to hear us DJs share our deepest and bravest message through music.”

Those are some super-kind words about our movement, but it also piles on the pressure to deliver at INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v18. Help us live up to this reputation by reserving your spot on the dance floor at www.wantickets.com. We’ve some serious momentum going… let’s get a little twisted and together we’ll ride it out.

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v17 w/ Jody Wisternoff

Jody Wisternoff on FacebookAnyone who’s ever been on the pulse of electronic music knows the name Jody Wisternoff. The “legend” label is pre-maturely attached to a lot of artists these days, but with Jody it’s 100% justified. He’s been around the block and continually evolving; only a select few can make a claim like that.

This is the second opportunity for Jody to wow the bringthebeats crowd. In 2008 he blew the roof off The Mod Club in front of 500 strong. It gives us goose bumps to think of that night’s energy condensed into the cozy confines of Toika Lounge.  Jody Wisternoff’s an ideal DJ to be heard INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND.

There’s nobody more pumped about this party than the event’s opening act, Cesar Caballero; also the man who put it all together.  “I’m so excited because it’s an honour to perform warm-up duties for one half of the world-famous duo Way Out West.  Jody Wisternoff’s one of those artists who can take you on a journey with his DJ-minded sets and also produce quality underground music.”

And you don’t have to take Cesar’s word for it, just feast your ears on Jody’s newly-released debut solo album, Trails We Blaze - 12 tracks of deep house, progressive, Balearic vibes and melodic electronic grooves.

If you’re as thrilled as we are to hear this musical magician finally back in Toronto again, secure your place on the dance floor with advance tickets at www.wantickets.com.  Weather permitting; February 9th has the chance to be one of the busiest I&U’s ever, don’t be left out in the cold.  Until then, here’s some tunes to help keep you warm….

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND at The BPM Festival

We used to host an annual party at COCOS in Grand Bend. It was so awesome to be beach side while gettin’ down to underground beats. I’m sure anyone who’s been to the WMC or Ibiza feels the same way. The vibe is always so much better when you’re partying and on vacation.

Buy tickets for INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND at The BPM Festival now!!Throughout the past few years, The BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico has become the hot new vacation-party spot.  Established by a Canadian crew, BPM is now an international affair and a can’t-miss industry event. With many of the world’s top EDM acts performing, it’s a big deal to be included on the program and that’s why we’re super excited to announce that INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND is in the mix.

For the first time in a very long time, Luke Fair and Ricky Ryan will share the booth, with the ultimate set up man, Cesar Caballero warming the room.  Really, what else needs to be said? Three leaders of the funky house movement in a tropical paradise, within one of the freshest festivals on the circuit; it’s a landmark moment for bringthebeats and Groove Garden.

It all goes down on Monday January 7th from 10pm – 6am in the main room of La Santanera Playa del Carmen.  Keep it groovin’ upstairs will be the Digital Delight Showcase featuring Puente & Rosch, Jesse Perez, Damian Uzbiaga and Diego Moreno.

$30 pre-sale tickets are available at www.wanttickets.com or you can purchase three day, seven day or ten day VIP wristbands at www.wantickets.com/bpm.  It’s definitely going to be an epic festival from start to finish, hopefully you can fit us in your sched.

bringthebeats 10-year anniversary series

It’s never been our style to heavily promote the bringthebeats birthday, even though we always host events around that time. We truly believe every party we throw is as important as the others. Nevertheless, we feel a decade promoting the scene is a big deal, so we wanted to do something MASSIVE for our 10-year anniversary coming up in October.

bringthebeats 10-year anniversary seriesHowever, we’re faced with a dilemma. The bigger our parties are, the further the vibe drifts from the true essence of who we are. We’re INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND… how can we stray from that?

We can’t. But we also can’t celebrate with all our favs within the comfy confines of Toika on one night. So, we’re doing the [next] best thing and booking them all on five separate nights. That’s right, bringthebeats’ first team are confirmed to spin within the greatest party series of our 10-year history!!

Starting with our MVP, Luke Fair on Saturday August 11th, and then every second Saturday of the month right through December, the very best of funky progressive house will be featured in the most INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND environment you’ll ever hear these global superstars perform in.

On Saturday, September 8th, DEMI brings a little UK panache to TIFF week, and then the long-awaited return of our South American brother, Ricky Ryan goes down Saturday October 13th.

The legend Omid 16B touches down exactly one year from his monumental I&U debut on Saturday November 10th, and we close out the series with more Euro style and the always classy Add2Basket on Saturday December 8th.

Of course our resident in the The LocALe, Cesar Caballero from the Groove Garden will assume the early-hour duties in support of this all-star lineup.

Individual event and ticket information will roll out in the coming weeks; we just wanted to get the word out for our global crew so you can get a head start on travel arrangements today. INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND events are truly one of a kind. Wherever you are on this planet, you need to find your way to Toronto to hear the best of the best bringthebeats.

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INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND v11 w/ Omid 16B

INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND featuring OMID 16BParty planning was underway the minute we realized 11-11-11 was on a Friday.

We’re some of the millions, maybe billions, who feel an undeniable connection to the time 11:11. Seemingly every day we notice this moment of awakening. It’s a guaranteed minute of hope and attention. It’s a time to wish for the best and dream of favourite things.

I can only imagine an entire day of this feeling. A full 24 hours of conscious optimism… people would call it heaven.

Well my heaven is on the INTIMATE & UNDERGROUND dance floor. And I can tell you now without fear of spoiling the dream; I’ve used many of my 11:11′s wishing the legendary Omid 16B could be in the booth pulling the strings.

I can vividly remember every Omid moment. They occurred at 11:11am while caught in the groove on the Club 1000 hardwood. Every time Luke spun something so emotional, so magnificent we could hardly take it, it was Omid 16B. And every time we experienced this feeling, we looked at the clock and saw exactly what we wanted to see.

So every time you catch 11:11, be sure to make a wish. Dream the most amazing dream knowing that bringthebeats’ has come true.  And on Friday November 11, 2011 it would amazing if we could share our six hours of conscious optimism with all of you.

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Omid 16B is a true artist; a DJ/ producer of the highest calibre. His artistic approach to everything he touches has so far seen a prolific 15 years, being hailed as one of the most cutting-edge electronic artists to ever come out of the UK.

"Omid 16B - Re arranged" on Discotheca MusicHe’s the owner/ founder of Sexonwax Recordings, as well as the recently resurrected Alola Records. His artist album “Sounds From Another Room” (Eye Q Recordings), and his mix compilations “Balance 13” (Stomp Australia) and “In House We Trust” (Yoshitoshi) have led to critical acclaim.

Omid’s singles have been signed to major labels like BMG/ Deconstruction. He’s remixed legends the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, Gus Gus, François Kevorkian and Deep Dish; and through all this success, Omid’s garnered sponsorships from industry giants Pioneer, Ableton, Roland and Native Instruments.

2011 has been a landmark year for Omid. He joined forces with the world-renown John Digweed, releasing Omid’s hit double A side single “Rain/ The Passion Of Zorro” on John’s own Bedrock Records.  It hit No. 1 and 2 on internal charts and No. 18 in the Beatport progressive Top 100. He also signed with AAA management / agency earlier in the year to concentrate on global events and festivals worldwide.

"Omid 16B – Rain" on BedrockIt’s paid off.  Omid’s been touring furiously, from Carl Craig’s Planet E stage at Snowbombing, through to DJmag’s 20th anniversary show at Space Ibiza.  To the MTV festival in Croatia and a prestigious spot at the Space Closing party, Omid has not let up.

Omid played two big Easter Bedrock events in London and Glasgow and he brought his unique style and textures to “SOS” (Sexonsubstance alongside partner Demi) to the opening of the Ibiza season with Jamie Jones at the aforementioned Club Space. He also performed at high profile festivals SW4 and Bestival.

Currently, Omid’s in the last stages of his new artist album to be released in 2012. It will be documented by the BBC who’s currently making a film about DJ’s based in London with different backgrounds. Omid’s honoured to play a major part in the documentary by providing the world insight into his everyday life as a DJ.

 Where our love affair with Omid 16b started.
It’s been a long, beautiful ride…