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Cream Montreal

Discussion in 'Event Reviews' started by Guest, Sep 3, 2001.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Oh. My. God.

    What a night - surely one I'll never forget. It was the first huge 514 production I'd been to, and I'd only heard horror stories. Last night, I attended the most well-organized party I've been privy to.

    The vibe, venue, DJs, sound. Everything was just right. We danced in a HUGE closed tennis centre at Parc Jarry - very new, and the spongy tennis courts were great to dance on.

    514 set the place up so well, you'd never know you weren't in a massive superclub, save for the fact that the ventilation was poor, and it was fucking hot. Everybody was soaked - and it was very rare to see a guy among the 7000 who wasn't topless.

    The venue had ample washrooms, a huge massage area, (but $20 to have one done), bleacher type seats that let people see all the action from high, information booth, giving out all kinds of information on drugs, free condoms and free lollipops. It was also nice to be able to go out in the sun, and dry off, chill out, in the morning once it got warm.

    The people in attendance were breathtakingly beautiful, as per the norm in Montreal. I had to squint if I wanted to see someone who couldn't be a model.

    The DJs: Got in during Pete Tong's set. He was playing hard hard anthems...people were busting big moves...still lots of room to groove. The DJ booth was in the middle of the floor, with VIP area circling around it....it spun....amazing lazers, 4 huge screens, with cameras in the booth, showing the DJs mixing skilz, and mandatory porn shots spliced between. Pete was good. It was interesting to see him live...I met him at the end of the night, as he was walking around the room aimlessly, observing everything....checking out the ladies. He was pretty rude to me....

    Dave Seaman on the other hand - holy mother of droogs. He blew my mind, and everyone else's in the room too. I didn't stop busting out for his hour and a half, and loved seeing everyone around me with huge smiles. When he was done, I tapped him in VIP, and shook his hand, with a big boyish grin. He knew he ruled the booth...total confidence.

    Tall Paul: What a wicked opening track - "This is a 12". We start by laying down a deep beat. (thump thump thump) then we put a layer on top of that. (boom boom boom) etc" as the track kept building, with that guy's voice taking us along. Sweetness. I missed 45 mins. of his set, waiting outside for a couple girls I was meeting...but what I heard sounded good.

    Lafleche: The biggest dissapointment of the night. He kinda lost on the momentum that had been built up to that point. His first track had 10 minute build or something. People were already going! Just keep it rolling man! He had a couple nice tracks, but I don't understand for the life of me why they put a local house DJ between Tall Paul and Timo Maas. I just don't think Lafleche is cut out for huge raves. He's absolutely amazing in the bar at Sona...love his sets there...but raves are about trance and techno...just not his style.

    Timo Maas: He switched times with Anthony Pappa...so I kinda freaked that I'd miss AP. His set was good. Nothing too spectacular...but kept the crowd happy....I heard him sample in the Africa track....I got totally stoked, but then he dropped it out. Ugh. His set was 6:30am till 8:00am, and I was stone sober, and getting a little tired.

    Mistress Barbara: Dropped a relentless barrage of deep techno on the poor tired ravers. I really think she should have been put near the beginning of the night. Man, who's in any shape for that sound at 9 in the morning? My friend Deena had to leave - she just couldn't take the assault any more. I stuck it out with above said 2 girls. (plus 2 other hot hot girls - I was loving my company!!)

    Anthony Pappa: Oh man. Definate highlight for me. I convinced the security guy at VIP to let me in...and my friend Brenna too...so we got to dance right in front of the spinning booth. I watched him closely as he spun...amazing technical DJ. He dropped lots of tracks off his Nubreed discs...man, did they ever sound fine. It was definately the most progressive set of the night...first time I'd seen him too. He's just a short little guy, maybe 5'6". Great set.

    Maus: Stayed for 1 hour of her set, which was surprisingly good. I wasn't expecting anything from her. I haven't enjoyed her sets at Sona at all...boring techno to my ears....but she was dropping interesting tracks this afternoon. The waning crowd was really into it too. At 1, decided to head home...just upset that I missed Christian Smith's set, before I got there. I had had a really crappy sunday...leading to me being very late getting to Cream, but the night made me happy again.

    My legs are jello, my clothes are soaked in sweat, and I just had one of the best nights of 2001. [​IMG]

    ~Josh
     
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I meant to say that this rave was about techno and trance.

    How is it in a crowd of 7000, I can always find people I know when I'm not even looking. I just kept bumping into people. Hi Huggs!

    ~J
     
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    sounds like you had a great time. Wish I had enough cash to stay in Montreal another night. ah well, what can you do?

    514 throw the best parties. period.
     
  4. The Magical White Isle

    The Magical White Isle TRIBE Member

    Tearer,

    A fine analysis, I must say. I showed up midway through Pete Tong's set as well. Seemed to me that there were more than 7,000 people there. The place was just rammed. And yes, f***ing hot. I was drenched, head to toe within an hour of being there. Great party, no question. It took me a little while to get into the music, I was hoping to hear Seaman throw some sick mixes of house tracks to get me going, but it didn't happen. Not to mention, all of the sweaty, shirtless guys that kept bumping into me distracted me (I did manage to keep my shirt on though [​IMG]). I thought the dj's all played very well. And I would also agree that Anthony Pappa was probably the highlight of the evening. He had everyone in a serious trance, dancing and smiling throughout the set.

    I only slightly disagree with what you said about LaFlesche. I saw him at 514's freaky 2000. I believe he went on right after Digweed. He absolutely had everyone grooving to a deep, deep set.

    All and all, it was a great night, with a fantastic lineup. I took off midway through Maus' set. I was pleasantly surprised to see how attractive she was! [​IMG] Back at work today (in T.O.) after a long, long drive.
     
  5. kyfe

    kyfe TRIBE Member

    It was simply awsome Pete Tong Rocked, Seaman Rocked and Tall Paul didn't disappoint. I took off early but it sounds like the rest of the night was just as good... this was my 1st time @ a 514 party and I must say too bad we don't have the same calibre of venue those floors were amazing!!! and too bad large Toronto promoters don't put the same time and energy into their events... the lighting, the venue, the booths, the lineup, and the setup were untouchable....

    Shawn
     
  6. kyfe

    kyfe TRIBE Member

    It was simply awsome Pete Tong Rocked, Seaman Rocked and Tall Paul didn't disappoint. I took off early but it sounds like the rest of the night was just as good... this was my 1st time @ a 514 party and I must say too bad we don't have the same calibre of venue those floors were amazing!!! and too bad large Toronto promoters don't put the same time and energy into their events... the lighting, the venue, the booths, the lineup, and the setup were untouchable....

    Shawn
     
  7. kyfe

    kyfe TRIBE Member

    It was simply awsome Pete Tong Rocked, Seaman Rocked and Tall Paul didn't disappoint. I took off early but it sounds like the rest of the night was just as good... this was my 1st time @ a 514 party and I must say too bad we don't have the same calibre of venue those floors were amazing!!! and too bad large Toronto promoters don't put the same time and energy into their events... the lighting, the venue, the booths, the lineup, and the setup were untouchable....

    Shawn
     
  8. RJ45

    RJ45 TRIBE Member

    Good review Josh, glad you had fun man! [​IMG] I wanted to come up for the weekend but I just couldn't afford it. Plus I've got a nasty cough that I just can't get rid of, and I doubt that many hours dancing in a hot/humid/smoky venue would have done me any good.. I probably wouldn't have lasted very long, to be honest.

    I have news.. email me big guy: rj45@i.am

    - Sam
     
  9. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Goddamn. I just wrote a huge follow up to my original post, the password was wrong (I recently changed it following a breach of trust), and I lost the whole damn thing. To try to re-iterate:

    I agree that the crowd was probably more than 7,000. I read in a 514 flyer that they were expecting 75,000! But that seems way high. I would happen to guess at least 10,000 were in attendance, but Hour said 7,000 so I went with the safe figure. [​IMG]

    I totally forgot to mention the Go-Go dancers! They were set up in 2 cages (for lack of a better word) on opposite sides of the room. I saw one couple wearing HUGE feather costumes...amazing eye-candy. Then another pair were swinging around fire-sticks. We're not talking about lame-o glow-sticks here. We're talking pyrotechnic sabre goodness.

    Yes, Maus is hot. So is Mistress Barbara, and you can tell she's from Montreal, cuz she has that unequivical sexiness to her, in her every move. Maus is so cute, she makes my knees buckle.

    I found it weird (now that Sam mentioned that smoke would have bothered him) that I saw nobody smoking. Maybe I just didn't notice? I didn't see any butts on the floor anyway. And I couldn't smell the scent of smoke either. Maybe people weren't allowed? They certainly weren't allowed gum or glowsticks. A sign at the entrance said so, and I saw boxes and boxes of confiscated gum and sticks. It would have been nice of 514 to hand them out as people left on monday - karma.

    The air was pretty thick to breathe though. All my friends reported sore throats today.

    And it was so hot in the main room, there was a constant drip falling from the ceiling. My friend Sabrina thought the sprinkler system went on when she started noticing the drips falling on her head. My ballcap was drenched. Most of it wasn't from my head.

    I loved the clips from Requiem for a Dream that were being played on the huge screens. T-R-I-P-P-Y. I also liked that scene during Maus' set where a plane was flying toward some city, and kept tilting back and forth. Cool visuals all night anyway. It was nice that they listed the DJ's name, credentials during the first 5 minutes of his/her set on the screens. Did anyone find them kinda Orwellian though?

    The water situation was also very efficient. I've found all Montreal parties/clubs to have a good water system, no hassles at all. I bought one bottle, and was able to keep filling it at a fountain, clearly marked, all night...few lineups too.

    Deena and I had our photo taken early in the night by a professional photographer. Damn, I wonder if that shot got published.

    ~Josh

    ps. Sam, my company extended my stay in Montreal through September, and possibly till the end of the year. [​IMG] I might be in Hamilton this weekend though...
     
  10. Che

    Che TRIBE Member

    that sucks how they only played short set 1.5 hour sets.
     
  11. Guest

    Guest Guest

    That's how you get 10 DJs into a 17 hour time period!!

    Some DJs got 2 hours...XL, Anthony Pappa, Mistress Barbara and Maus all did. The rest were 1.5.

    I dunno. I found the constant changing of styles really interesting. They all had distinct sounds, that's for damn sure.

    ~J
     
  12. Temper Tantrum

    Temper Tantrum TRIBE Member

    Everyone from Montreal is far too sexy for their own good. The norm is models, the 'good looking' people are supermodels, the ugly are 'hot'

    God I love this city. the music, the vibe, the people.

    t. tAnTrUm
     
  13. The Magical White Isle

    The Magical White Isle TRIBE Member


    Indeed. Makes me wish I was still a student at McGill. Toronto's party scene doesn't even compare. The people aren't (as a whole) nearly as attractive or friendly. At the party a saw a flyer for Steve Lawler at Sona for this Thursday. Anyone who is in Montreal, especially those from McGill/Concordia/UQAM should go. Forget about school, it's only the first week :p. He's sure to throw down a tribal set, as is his style. He is the king of the terrace at Space in Ibiza, and for good reason. Once again, if only I were still living/chilling in mtl.

    On another note, I hit up Aria with some buddies on Saturday night, and that place rocks the house as well. I lasted until 9am or so. I was upstairs most of the time, dancing to nice house music. Tasty chicks all around, having fun. Great place.

    I Love Montreal, and always will. Or as the city's slogan goes: C'est toi ma ville! [​IMG]
     
  14. huggs946

    huggs946 TRIBE Member

    Cream 2001 was a huge success [​IMG]

    Had a great time partying with many people that I hadn't seen in a while.

    Josh: Too bad that we hooked up so late in the morning. Next time [​IMG] Hard to find people that your looking for amonst 10 000 people.
     

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