November 10, 2011
We at Toronto Music Scene are suckers for skating in the winter and, considering last night we made snowman cookies, this seems like a good time to announce Harbourfront’s DJ skate nights. From the release: Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Night transforms the Natrel® Rink into funky skating sessions. Every Saturday night from Dec. 3, 2011 to Feb.18, 2012 (except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) features a new DJ spinning groovy tunes including house, funk, soul, reggae, soca and pop-rock from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
This winter’s DJ Skate Night series features 10 FREE late-night skating events with some of Toronto’s best mix-masters including CHERRY BOMB DJs, 1 LOVE T.O., Cratery, DJ medicineman, Promise DJs and FLOW 93-5 FM. January events include a special LunarFest skate party celebrating Asian culture. Other highlights include a Kuumba Black History Month skate celebrations featuring Dr. Jay de Soca Prince followed by a reggae skate jam with CIUT’s DJ Patrick Roots.
DJ Skate Night featured events:
Fusion Freeze with Promise
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink Promise is a Toronto underground music collective headed by David Macleod and Irving Shaw. With a keen ear to all that’s good in house, techno, electro, disco, dubstep and beyond, Promise DJs guarantee a night of diverse beats that’ll put a big smile on your face and a funky bounce in your skates.
FLOW 93-5 FM DJ Skate Night
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink Toronto’s best hip hop and R&B radio station hosts a special DJ Skate Night with one of their radio DJs. Skate along to some of your favourite artists like Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West, Jay Z and more!
1 LOVE T.O. Holiday Skate Party
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink 1 LOVE T.O. is a movement that bridges the gaps – between cultures, neighbourhoods, interests and generations. This unifying voice of our city exposes art, culture, style and music on the Natrel® Rink.
Electro Swing with DJ medicineman
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink Canada’s most highly respected global fusion DJ will spin you around the world (or rink) with a mix of global grooves, world beat and ethno-electro hits!
Jan. 14, 2012 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink Cratery is a monthly vinyl podcast from record aficionados Arcee, Kaewonder and DJ Serious. Cratery comes to life on ice with Skatery, where you will find a blend of genres all derived from funk.
Lunar Skate at CIBC LunarFest
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink CIBC LunarFest is Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Lunar Skate party complete with lanterns, skating activities, and more!
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink Back by popular demand, the dynamic duo that is CHERRY BOMB creates mixes and mash-ups of house, techno, and electro that are sure to have you grooving on ice. The fourth annual edition of the popular CHERRY BOMB DJ Skate Night heats up the ice with dancefloor burners that are mixed, mashed and played with love!
Soca on Ice with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince (part of Kuumba presented by TD)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink Come celebrate Black History Month at Kuumba presented by TD, as DJ Skate Night explores hot Caribbean rhythms. Join us as Dr. Jay de Soca Prince heats up the ice with soca and calypso tunes.
Reggae Revoloution with DJ Patrick Roots
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink DJ Patrick Roots and his crew, including Junior Selector and DJ Chocolate fuse the familiar sounds of reggae with cool city nights for some hot culture in the dead of winter.
Ladies’ Night with DJ MelBoogie & JJ Rock
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 from 8-11 p.m. on The Natrel® Rink DJ MelBoogie & JJ Rock of DD Radio, Canada’s only all-female hip hop show, present Ladie’s Night! They’ll be playing the perfect mix of hip hop, R&B and classic rollerskating jams and blend them with a healthy dose of dancehall reggae and soca.
More info at Harbourfront Centre’s Skate Culture page.