With Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival quickly approaching we would like to take a few minutes and give you a quick bio of each of the artists that will be bringing the heat to the winter air on Saturday February 1st 2014. As a final countdown we are going to give you some background info on the artists, sorted by stages and by set times. Paired with each artist is one of the tracks that you can be guaranteed to hear in their eclectic sets, ranging from big room bangers to some of the deepest and darkest sounds of the underground. Take some time to get to know the talent and be sure to check out our Guide To Brrrrr Winter Music Festival to learn the do's and don'ts for preparing for a night of raving in the snow.
See you in the snow!
Wolfgang Gartner (Joeseph Youngman) is no stranger to the stages of Toronto, playing both Digital Dreams and WEMF in the past. Known for his progressive big room house sounds, Gartner has made a place for himself within the dance music community as one of the biggest names in past years. He has held spots on all of the biggest charts across the globe, with eight of his records earning him #1 spots on Beatport alone. His first full length album, Weekend in America, was released on Ultra Recordings and featured some big names from R&B including, Will.i.am, Eve, Camron and Jim jones to name a few. Having admitted in the past to listening solely to rap music in his free time, his urban inspiration is evident in both his productions and his mixes. Get ready for some big room bangers and some progressive tracks paired with some overlap of some of the biggest rap in his headlining time slot of 9:30 - 11:00pm when he closes the MainStage.
Bassjackers, made up of friends Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst, joined forces in early 2007. One a talented DJ, the other a skilled producer, their collaboration seemed inevitable. With Flohr already familiar with DJing house music, Hilst chose to align his production stylings appropriately. Their first release, 'Beat Cut' was picked up by Fedde le Grand and their career took off immediately. It was their 2011 track, Mush Mush, that cemented their place in the dance music community. Mush Mush became, and still remains a dance floor anthem with any DJ capable of dominating their crowd the moment the first note is played. Their most recent record, Crackin' was just remixed by Martin Garrix and received over 1 million views in the first two days. Their electro yet progressive house sounds create high energy sets that have their crowds moving non-stop. Bassjackers will be headlining the MainStage from 8:30 - 9:30pm.
Vancouver based Felix Cartal is a well known name not only in the Canadian dance music scene, but internationally as well. Signed to Dim Mak, Felix has had countless EP releases as well as two full length albums, Popular Music (released in 2010) and Different Faces (released in 2012). Felix Cartal has worked very closely with fellow canuk producers, MSTRKRFT and the Dim Mak don himself, Steve Aoki. The support of Cartal's music is wide spread between genres with artists such as Diplo, Benny Benassi, Zedd and Bloody Beetroots playing both his original productions and his remix projects. Felix Cartal will be playing the MainStage from 7:30 - 8:30pm.
A relatively new name on the scene emerging out of Miami, Henrix's sound encompasses the true sounds of South Beach. Progressive percussion blended with big, melodic breaks has allowed Henrix to become one of the producers to watch heading into 2014. Henrix will be playing 6:30 - 7:30 on the MainStage.
One of the newest and strongest exports from Toronto is Joe Ghost. Known for the fullness of his sound and his ability to read the crowd, Joe Ghost has been able to rock any audience around the globe. Having just returned from playing BPM Festival Playa Del Carman, Mexico, Ghost is back in the North and ready to heat things up at Brrrr. His original productions play ownership to a very unique sound whilst his remix and mashups are crafted with high levels of skill. His regular podcast, 30 minutes with Joe Ghost, reached the 'Top Music Podcast' charts on iTunes and helped him gain an international fan base and led to his support by Chuckie and his dirty dutch mixes. Joe Ghost will be playing MainStage at 5:45 - 6:30pm.
With much still to be discovered about Toronto based, Matt Zanardo, his records speak for themselves. His forthcoming track, Bombshell has become highly anticipated for the bouncy yet hard sounds coming off the record. Searing baselines paired with rapid percussion create tracks that appease to the in demand electro house fan base. A new resident of Toronto's famous club, The Hoxton, he has quickly been gathering an extremely supportive fan base that is sure to be seen in the crowd when he opens the MainStage at 5:00 pm playing until 5:45pm.
Sharam has easily earned the definition of a veteran to the scene. Once one half of the grammy award winning house duo, Deep Dish (other member is the infamous Dubfire), Sharam's solo career has grown on an extremely solid foundation of pre-existing skill and technique. Remixes, original records and his 'Wildcast' podcasts all exhibit his ability to mix dark and deep feelings with uplifting sounds. Sharam will be closing the headlining time slot of the beautifully heated Corona Techno Dome from 9:45 - 11pm.
Lee Foss, one of the multiple members of the ever popular Hot Natured is an extraordinary producer and equally talented DJ. Working with Hot Natured band mates, Jamie Jones and Infinity Ink, the group obviously acts as mutually reinforcing inspiration for one another. The deep sounds that Lee Foss creates are cutting edge and have placed him in the spotlight within the world of techno and underground house music, and with his childhood being spent in Chicago, the birthplace of house it is no surprise that he has developed into the superstar he is. Lee Foss will be playing in the Techno Dome from 8:30 until 9:45pm.
Hot Since 82
Daley Padley, known to us as Hot Since 82, has been rapidly climbing the ranks as one to watch. Having released his album, Little Black Book in the fall of 2013 he has grabbed the attention of everyone in the industry. Hailing from Yorkshire in England, HS82 worked his way through the London club circuit before catapulting into international fame. His remix of Green Velvet's "Bigger Than Prince" is easily one of the biggest tunes of any genre to come out of 2013. For a more detailed bio of Hot Since 82, see our post on Padley in 'Behind the Line Up: Hot Since 82.' Hot Since 82 will be heating up the Techno Dome for a stunning 1.5 hours from 7:00pm until 8:30pm.
Eric Volta is far from basic, he is a pioneer of creativity and originality. Spending his early years DJing around London under a blanket of anonymity, his skills grew to become high in demand. Volta became the resident of one of the most exclusive underground parties in London, hosting the infamous Sunday afternoon parties in room three of Fabric Nightclub. What this means? We can expect an expertly crafted and steeply original set from 6:00 to 7:00pm in the Techno Dome. The following track, "Love is an Illusion" was an anthem of 2013 - earning a spot in both DJ Mag and Resident Advisor's 'Top 10 Tracks of 2013' and was released on the label 'No.19' which is owned by Art Department's Jonny White.
Toronto based duo, Nicholas Spencer and Parker Nowlan have joined forces to create 'Holloh' a group that is assisting in the revival of garage in the city as well as spreading both the house and techno sounds throughout the world. Their most recent EP titled 'Young Lord' provides enough diversity to appeal to the techno junkies to the dark, underground sounds thanks to a remix of the the self titled A-Side by Alixander III. If this genre blending EP is any indicator of what to expect in their set, you must check them out inside the Techno Dome paying from 5:00 - 6:00pm.
Brrrr! Winter Music Festival will be taking place February 1st 2014 at TD Echo Beach (formerly Ontario Place.) Tickets are available both online and through licensed outlets and promoters. The event is all ages with licensed 19+ areas.
Dress warm and see you all Saturday February 1st!
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