Toronto Is Being Invaded By Mutant Vehicles This Weekend

Over the last two years a lot on Sterling Road in Toronto has been transformed into a smaller version of Burning Man. Cultivating all the art, culture, music, and good vibes of the thing in the desert.

This weekend, for the last time, the event returns. With more art cars and funky tunes. Described by Heavy Meta Entertainment the event will:

“Heavy Meta + The Ark Car present: Metaverse // The final Sterling Lot party. An art car and music experience.

Save the date: July 27th 2019

FEATURING:
+ Heavy Meta. The Ark Car. Tarna. The Anglerfish.
+ Art installations.
+ Fire. Lots of fire.
+ Art buses: TTZ and The Bubble Bus
+ Interactive rides.
+ A chill plounge.
+ Food vendors.

We have once more secured the massive, tree-lined outdoor space in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood for the final time. Come say goodbye to our “playa in the city” before it transforms to the next phase of its life. All is ephemeral.

MUSICAL GUESTS:
RICHARD BROOKS
BEN CORMIER
MATT VON WILDE
STEINTOLOGY
SUBTLE PLANES
TICKY TY

Where past and present collide in a fiery explosion. Where the future is shaped by lightning and steel. Where dreams are sewn with metallic threads and flames burn bright into the night. Come bear witness to the spawn of magic and machinery through the manifestation of the monolithic fire-breathing beast called Heavy Meta.

This is our final fundraiser before we set off to represent our city and country at Burning Man.

19+ Recommended / Accompanied minors allowed with a ticket.”

There are rumors of an afterparty for this insane event too. The event page on Facebook has lots of last minute tickets, outfit inspiration threads, and info about the installations.

Tickets are still available for the event, and you can use code NIKKI at checkout to save on yours.


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Toronto Is Getting A New Music Festival Next Month That Will Make Your Booty Shake

Toronto’s dance music community brightened up when Dj’s metime and Danny Thrax brought EveryBody move to Round in Kensington Market.
This Summer, the team behind the inclusive dance parties is bringing the city a new party. Check out this message from them:

“We can’t keep it a secret any longer…. WE’RE THROWING A FESTIVAL!

🎉That’s right, your favourite monthly dance party is taking EveryBody Outside for a day festival, picnic and community social in a park.

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🌈From family-friendly afternoon wiggles to sultry sunset vibes making way for a twinkling summer night, we’ll dance in the sunshine with grass between our toes, lay out picnic blankets, shop local artists and listen to sweet house music wafting across Lake Ontario.

🎈 It’s also our favourite bass witch me time‘s birthday – come help us celebrate in style!

EveryBody is by the community, for the community – and we need your support to bring this festival to life.

Click here to claim your wristband: https://igg.me/at/everybodyoutside

The Coachella 2019 Line Up Has Ariana Grande And Childish Gambino So I’m Into It

There is almost no end to my stanning of icon Ariana Grande so let’s not act surprised that she is the majority of my desire to be at Coachella this year. It is rumoured that Grande is the youngest to ever headline the celebrity and blogger (yeah, blogger so Coachella I’ll take that VIP pass now) filled festival. However the lineup, announced this week, doesn’t just hold the pop queen it has some fellow heavy hitters. Childish Gambino, Ella Mai, The 1975, Diplo, Khalid and Billie Eillish make that heavy hitter list. Let’s note the last two artists listed are both under the age of 21. Lesser known to the pop lovers of the world include Tame Impala, and yes Idris Elba as a DJ (which will serve as a great promo for his upcoming Netflix comedy about being a DJ…).

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The official 2019 Coachella lineup

I’m not going to pretend I know who each artist . is, but I’d certainly be into yelling “I GOT HOOOOOOOESSSSSSSSS” to some Sheck Wes, and being a drunk crying mess to some Bazzi.

Canada’s Largest And Favourite Dragon Art Car Brings on Some Heavy Hitters For Whiteout 2.0 Next Month

You may recall, or not I’m not sure what you reserve in your mind as memories, a little party called ‘Whiteout’ last Winter hosted by Heavy Meta and The Ark. Inspired by, yes a real shocker here, a Burning Man tradition, the party took place at the legendary Mod Club in Toronto. Guess what’s back? THIS PARTY. Next month a Winter wonderland of magic and sparkle will be created once again with some big names on the lineup. The Facebook event escription along speaks voumes as what to expect for the massive party (which already has two tiers of tickets sold out):


“A fundraiser for the Heavy Meta dragon art car
White attire requested.

While Persephone’s absence from the mortal realm casts the world into winter doldrums, a great celebration rages in the underworld. Adorned in the brightest and whitest garments, guests bring light to the darkest regions of Hades. Join the good spirits in a tradition as old as time: the white-costumed ball.

Costume suggestions: Winter goddess, sexy yeti, ice giant, arctic fox, snow bunny. At the Mod Club, radically transformed into a winter wonderland.”

As for this insane line up…


SkiiTour (Vancouver, BC) ❄️
https://soundcloud.com/skiitour
We are incredibly excited to bring this Shambhala Music Festival favourite production duo to their biggest show in Toronto yet. After rocking Heavy Meta at Burning Man during the thickest dust storm imaginable, get ready for their huge bass-heavy beats, ridiculous on-stage antics, original production on labels like Fool’s Gold, and collaborations with artists like Marten Hørger and Smalltown DJs. It’s about to get snowy.

Hatiras (Spacedisco Records, Dirtybird) ❄️
https://soundcloud.com/hatiras
Part alien. Part human. Hatiras arrived back in 1999 and has been subconsciously penetrating the world’s ears, hearts and dancefloors with his pulsating, intergalactic house rhythms. Two time Juno award-winning Hatiras played a huge part in Toronto’s rave foundational moments and hasn’t stopped since, now label boss of Spacedisco Records and recently signed to Dirtybird. 

me time (We Met Dancing, Everybody Move) ❄️
https://soundcloud.com/djmetime
She’s the antidote to all that dude-in-a-black-tshirt-smoking-a-cigarette minimal-tech shit. No, this isn’t the music for wall-leaning, drink-sipping, head-bobbing and small talk, this is bass house for booty-shaking, drink-spilling, sweat-dripping, showing off new dance moves, and of course, making it rain all over our favourite dragon. 

Ben Cormier (Heavy Meta) ❄️
https://soundcloud.com/bencormier

Steintology (The Ark Car) ❄️
https://soundcloud.com/steintology

Tickets are available now for the January 18th event.

Party Like A Jackalope This Weekend With Toronto’s Newest Art Car Tarna

Coming to Drake’s city this weekend is a mystical event brought to you by the team behind Tarna. The jackalope art car has been making waves even before the build began in September.The DJ lineup includes many Toronto and Montreal favourites and I can’t imagine wanting to leave the dance floor with these folks bumping the beats:

• Danny Thrax
• Jackie Spade
• Melectric
• Melony J
• MRKG

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The theme of the party is that of a mystical forest with the encouragement of fallen angels, hoofed beasts, forest spirits, and mythic warriors from the future. Let the changing leaves and cold winds inspire you.

Given the epic nature (see what I did there, nature?) of Eden back in June and A Vibe last month I wouldn’t miss this one. Check the official Facebook event for further details too!

The party is selling out quickly and in order to purchase a ticket, you must get a ticket code by emailing contact@tarna.ca.

To keep up with the Tarna journey follow the official Instagram, and check for updates on my Twitter.

 

 

Calling All Artists: Figment Toronto Is Looking For your Art

Figment Toronto is a free interactive art event takes place August 18th and 19th in Dufferin Grove Park and you could have a featured piece/performance in it.

Founded in 2007 on New York City’s Governors Island, what began as a few thousand enthusiasts enjoying a handful of participatory art projects on a sunny July afternoon has ballooned into a multi-day, multi-city event that drew over 30,000 participants in NYC, Jackson, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Boston in 2012.  FIGMENT seeks to continue its mission to offer free, inclusive and participatory art to entire communities, removing the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees and blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art.

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And this is just my sort of jam, a celebration of art in a community. This year one of the curator’s is a #TMITuesday alumni with Jordan St.Claire on the team. I’ve attended previous Figment Toronto’s where I played a giant game of chess, wandered a small inflatable maze, and heard music made from a Dr. Suess looking bike. It warms my soul to see communities come together to create, and share art. It is in the spirit of Toronto to do so. If you want to be a part of the event click here to see how to contribute your art or performance.