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Dj Statement Request Letter: edit #2

Discussion in 'Roll Calls' started by Guest, Jun 22, 2000.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi Every1,
    OK, here's a draft of the letter to be mailed to Djs for statements to be included in the press kit. Please make suggestions by next (tuesday 28th), so I can make the final edit, and start getting together a list of international djs to send it to. If you know anyone I can send this to, who would be a worthy candidate please e-mail me their e-mail address. S2Kmag@pathcom.com

    Thanks!
    -Amanda

    Tuesday June 20th, 2000.

    Dear (insert DJ’s name here),

    Over the past year, the Toronto rave scene has undergone several changes, and it now appears that our healthy and diverse community is under attack. Both Mayor Mel Lastman and Police Chief Julian Fantino seem to have made it their personal crusade to undermine and wipe out our flourishing musical youth-driven culture. In the past month, Mel Lastman convinced city councill suspend ‘Raves’ from city-owned venues, which are arguably the safest and most easily regulated venues for dance music events. Recently a Coroners Inquest investigating the drug-related death of Allen Ho at a rave in October ended, and recommendations were passed which have affected the rights of promoters, DJs, health and drug awareness programs, businesses, party-goers, and multitudes of other people who are involved in the Toronto Rave scene. Currently, the Ontario Legislature is also in the process of passing the Rave Act (Bill 73) which will change the procedure for throwing a ‘paid dance music event between the hours of 2 and 6 am’. There is serious concern of the complete ban of raves, of imposed curfews, and overly stringent event license policies. We believe that supporting the legislation in Bill 73 will only put tens of thousands of youth at risk. What happens to the scene in Toronto will have a direct impact on all of the scenes across Ontario, Canada, and North America. It is important that we as a global dance music community recognize the seriousness of the situation and the rights that are being violated.

    The Party People Project is a youth- empowered organization formed in response to the police, government, and media targeting of rave and youth culture. Through mobilization and activism, the PPP celebrates electronic music culture, promotes the well-being of community members, and encourages public understanding of the beauty and diversity of the rave community. The membership of the PPP includes partygoers, event promoters, DJs, artists, community-based health projects, local businesses, and other interested
    individuals.

    Toronto’s rave scene is one of the cleanest, safest, most mature, and culturally diverse music scenes in the world. We feel it is important to protect and preserve our culture and on behalf of the media cell of the P3, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you for your help. You have been contacted because you are either a DJ, producer, MC, booking agent, promoter, or another respected person in the international (rave) dance music scene. We have come to you to gather statements that will be used for promotional uses and in our press kit to endorse our cause. All we are asking is that you submit a quote, or comment, via e-mail or phone stating why you value our dance music industry in Toronto. What makes it unique? Why do you like it? What great experiences have you had while you toured here? These are the kinds of things we are looking for.

    We hope you will join us in our campaign, by contributing to our press kit, which will be released to media. We hope to be setting an example for other cities in Canada that also fear being hit with strict legislation concerning raves.
    If you have any questions concerning the press kit, or the type of dj statements we are looking for, please contact me, at s2kmag@pathcom.com or 416.706.5267

    Also, please be sure to include your name and any pertinent information you want released with the statement (contact info, record lable, and affiliations).

    Thank you for making a difference.
    The music unites us as one, Peace and everlasting respect.


    Sincerely,
    Amanda Connon-Unda
    -On behalf of the media cell and the The Party People Project (P3)

     Individual Djs name to be specified in each letter sent out.

     Occupation will be specified for individuals: “You have been contacted because you are either a DJ, producer, MC, booking agent, promoter, or another respected person in the international (rave) dance music scene.”
     
  2. careygirl

    careygirl TRIBE Member

    Amanda,
    Great letter! I've made a few little changes to smooth it out a bit, but the content is good as is, I think. We should get this out to them by the end of the week. Do we have a list of DJs etc?
    peas,
    Carey

    Tuesday June 20th, 2000.
    >
    >
    >Dear (insert DJ's name here),
    >
    >Over the past year, the Toronto rave scene has undergone several changes, and it now appears that our healthy and diverse community is under attack. Both Mayor Mel Lastman and Police Chief Julian Fantino seem to have made it their personal crusade to undermine our flourishing youth-driven musical culture. Last month, Lastman convinced city council to suspend raves from city-owned venues, which are arguably the safest and most easily regulated venues for dance music events. When the Coroners Inquest investigating the drug-related death of Allen Ho at a rave in October ended, recommendations were passed which have affected the rights of promoters, DJs, health and drug awareness programs, businesses, party-goers, and multitudes of other people who are involved in the Toronto rave scene. Currently, the Ontario Legislature is also in the process of passing the Rave Act (Bill 73) which will change the procedure for throwing a "paid dance music event between the hours of 2 and 6 am." There is serious concern of the complete ban of raves, of imposed curfews and overly stringent event license policies. We believe that supporting the legislation in Bill 73 will only put tens of thousands of youth at risk. What happens to the scene in Toronto will have an impact on all of the scenes across Ontario, Canada, and North America. It is important that we as a global dance music community recognize the seriousness of the situation and the rights that are being violated.
    >
    >The Party People Project (P3) is a youth-empowered association that was formed in response to the police, government and media targeting of rave and youth culture. The P3 celebrates electronic music culture, promotes the health and well-being of community members and encourages public understanding of the beauty and diversity of the rave community. The membership of the P3 includes partygoers, party organizers, DJs, artists, community based health projects, the business community and other interested people.
    >
    >
    >Toronto's rave scene is one of the cleanest, safest and culturally diverse music scenes in the world. We feel it is important to protect and preserve our culture and on behalf of the media cell of the P3, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you for your help. You have been contacted because you are either a DJ, producer, MC, booking agent, promoter, or another respected person in the international (rave) dance music scene. We have come to you to gather statements that will be used for promotion and in our press kit to endorse our cause. All we are asking is that you submit a quote, or comment, via e-mail or phone stating why you value our dance music industry in Toronto. What makes it unique? Why do you like it? What great experiences have you had while touring here?
    >
    >We hope you will join us in our campaign by contributing to our press kit, which will be released to media. We hope to set an example for other cities that may also be hit with strict legislation concerning raves.
    >
    >Please be sure to include your name and any pertinent information you want released with the statement (contact info, record label and affiliations). If you have any questions, please contact me at s2kmag@pathcom.com or 416.706.5267
    >
    >Thank you for making a difference.
    >
    >The music unites us as one, Peace and everlasting respect.
    >
    >
    >
    >Sincerely,
    >
    >Amanda Connon-Unda
    >
    >-On behalf of the Party People Project (P3)
    >
    >
    >--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    >
    > a.. Individual Djs name to be specified in each letter sent out.
    > b.. Occupation will be specified for individuals: "You have been contacted because you are either a DJ, producer, MC, booking agent, promoter, or another respected person in the international (rave) dance music scene."
    >
     
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Carey,
    I'll start working on a list of djs tonight, with all pertinent contact info. If anyone has suggestions- names, and e-mail addresses for djs I should be sending this to, please e-mail me: s2kmag@pathcom.com, or post it!

    Thanks for the editing, and the final version will be up tommorow.

    -Amanda
     
  4. Dr Trance

    Dr Trance TRIBE Member

    I have also sent out a letter to dj's and managers for whom I have email addresses and have gotten 1 response (a good one) so far-from Xotec in Buffalo. Who is taking care of gathering these letters? Please email me (trance@theiceberg.com) since I keep forgetting to check this board.
    Here is my letter:I am writing to you because in some way you are connected with the Toronto rave community (this is a mass mailing, even though only one address appears in the address box). You are either a dj who has played here over the past few years, or you manage dj's who have played here.If you are a manager, please forward this request to any of your dj's who have played here.
    If you haven't heard, the Toronto scene, like many around the world, is under the gun. The City of Toronto, influenced by a hysterical media and misinformed authorities, has issued a ban on raves in city-owned buildings, which has prompted most real estate owners to back away completely from renting their buildings (even those that are up to code) for rave parties. The Ontario Provincial Government has a "rave bill" on the table that would regulate parties throughout the province by only allowing them if there are permits granted that are issued by the municipalities in which the parties are to be held. The Mayor of Toronto has let it be known that he is willing to come out in favour of lifting the ban if the provincial law is passed.
    The problem here, as we see it, is that nobody in authority has made any attempt to include anybody from our community in their decision-making process. Since the scene here in Ontario is huge, this has become a prime example of government NOT representing the people it is supposed to.
    This is why The Party People Project was formed, of which I am a member. We are attempting to combat the ignorance of the public at large and we need your help. One fact of the party scene in this city and province is that it provides work for hundreds of people, from the dj's to the water manufacturers to the sound and light companies and clothing companies, etc. As international dj's you have made a vast contribution to the cultural fabric of the entertainment industry of Toronto, Southern Ontario, and Canada in general. Now we need your help.
    Would you please take the time to write a paragraph or two about what the Toronto rave/party scene has meant to you and your career? Maybe you could include a line or two about what sets this city apart from others in which you have played?
    The responses we get will be used in publicity releases and posters to show the general public and the authorities that there are a lot of people who depend on the thousands of party-goers in this area to make a living, and that the majority of party-goers here are not cracked out kids, but responsible young adults who come from every walk of life (another area that the PPP will cover in press releases, posters, etc).
    Feel free to email your response to me at: trance@theiceberg.com or fax it to: 416-364-0418 care of Don Berns.

    Your co-operation and enthusiasm for our community is gratefully appreciated.
    Don Berns (Dr. Trance)
    Channel Master
    1GROOVE.COM
    PH: 416-364-6804 xt248

    And here's who I sent it to:
    Xotec (Chris Moody); The Stickmen; Simon Berry; Ronnie Ferzst (Most Wanted); Robert Oleysyck; Robert de la Gauthier; Rich Garbutt; Paul Oakenfold per Maria Hutt; Nauti Groove (Jason Brooks); Mistress Barbara; Mike Huckaby; Mijk Van Dijk; Mihai (Contagious Music); Mark Luvdup; Mark EG; Madame Zu (Julia); Jon The Dentist; John Digweed; Hardware (Todd Greenhouse); DJ Rapture; DJ Dan's Office (Linda Brar; Dave Clarke; Czech; Commander Tom; Claudio Giussani (Terra Ferma); paul@amonly.com

    (Simon Berry is from Art of Trance and Platipus Records; Rich Garbutt is Just Rich from Winnipeg; Mihai handles Hardware and Dave Trance among others; am only handles DJ Dan, Donald Glaude, Bad Boy Bill, etc.
    And I sent a separate note to Frankie Bones.
    I just need to know who to forward all responses to.
    Thanks.
     
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Don,
    The person who's gathering responses is ME!- Amanda... My e-mail is s2kmag@pathcom.com, and I'll be sending out the final edit of my letter shortly. I have the following e-mail addresses to add to your list...

    JOhn Trepp and Paul Morris- booking manager for Carl cox, and BBBill.
    Angel Alanis
    Urban
    Richie Hawtin
    Jeff Mills
    T1000-Alan Oldham (and Mike Dearborn)
    Michelle Furguson- MFPR. (she knows alot of people I forget who)
    I'll send it to promoters in Toronto area who will know djs too.
    Patrick from PHATO
    Viktor Mizo from phryl and Trustthedj.com
    Disco D and Gary Chandler + others they know
    Dj Bam Bam and Alex Peace- + others on UC music.
    DJ Gonzo-nyc
    Flex- Are we getting people like him?- he's almost a local...
    - are we sending this out to local dj krews?- Vinyl Syndicate? and others?
    Djs- BKNY-nyc.

    Here are some suggestions I got for the letter:
    from Katherine:
    "Over the past year, the Toronto rave scene has undergone several changes
    >YOU NEED TO SPECIFY WHAT THESE CHANGES ARE, MAYBE, "THE TORONTO RAVE SEEN
    >HAS FALLEN UNDER THE SCRUTINY OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS, THE PUBLIC AND POLICE.
    >NOW IT APPEARS... and it now appears that our healthy and diverse community "

    Here's how MAX edited the letter:

    Dear (insert DJ¹s name here),


    Over the past year, the Toronto rave scene has undergone several changes, and it appears that our healthy and diverse community is under attack. Both Mayor Mel Lastman and Police Chief Julian Fantino seem to have made it their personal crusade to undermine and wipe out our flourishing musical youth-driven culture. In the past month, Mel Lastman convinced our city council to suspend ŒRaves¹ from city-owned venues, which are arguably the safest and most easily regulated venues for dance music events. A Coroners Inquest investigating the drug-related death of Allen Ho at a rave in October recently concluded, and made recommendations which will affected the rights of promoters, DJs, health and drug awareness programs, businesses, party-goers, and multitudes of other people who are involved in the Toronto Rave scene. Currently, the Ontario Legislature is also in the process of passing the Rave Act 2000 (aka Bill 73 or the Footloose bill) which will change the procedure for throwing a Œpaid dance music event between the hours of 2 and 6 am¹. There is serious concern about the complete ban of raves, about imposed curfews, and about overly stringent event license policies. We believe that in its current form, Bill 73 will only put tens of thousands of youth at risk. What happens to the scene in Toronto will have a direct impact on all of the scenes across Ontario, Canada, and North America. It is important that we as a global dance music community recognize the seriousness of the situation and the rights that are being violated.


    The Party People Project (P3) is a youth-empowered association that was formed in response to the police, government and media targeting of rave and youth culture. The P3 celebrates electronic music culture, promotes the health and well-being of community members and encourages public understanding of the beauty and diversity of the rave community. The membership of the P3 includes partygoers, party organizers, DJs, artists, community based health projects, the business community and other interested people.


    Toronto¹s rave scene is one of the cleanest, safest, most mature, and culturally diverse music scenes in the world. We feel it is important to protect and preserve our culture and on behalf of the media cell of the P3, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you for your help. You have been contacted because you are either a DJ, producer, MC, booking agent, promoter, or another respected person in the international (rave) dance music scene. We have come to you to gather statements that will be used for promotional uses and in our press kit to endorse our cause. All we are asking is that you submit a quote, comment or statement via e-mail or by phone as to why you value the dance music industry in Toronto. What makes it unique? Why do you like it? What positive experiences have you had while touring here? These are the kinds of things we are looking for.


    We hope you will join us in our campaign by contributing to our press kit, which when compiled will be released to the media. We hope to be setting an example and a president for other cities in Canada that also fear being hit with strict legislation concerning raves and the dance music scene.


    If you have any questions concerning the press kit, the type of dj statements we are looking for, or know of somebody who could also contribute to this effort, please contact me, at s2kmag@pathcom.com or 416.706.5267


    Also, please be sure to include your name and any pertinent information you want released with the statement (contact info, record label, and affiliations).


    Thank you for making a difference.


    The music unites us as one, Peace and everlasting respect.





    Sincerely,


    Amanda Connon-Unda


    -On behalf of the media cell and the The Party People Project (P3)

    ----The problem is I don't know what he edited?!----

    CAREY also edited a similar version of the letter! [​IMG]

    Can someone let me know if the one edited by MAx is ok? and then I'll start sending it to the above people, and collecting a list of other djs to e-mail... If you send this out, please forward it to me, so I can keep track of all of our responses... also, It's good If we say who we are e-mailing so djs don't get this twice!

    I'm giving this till tommorrow, and then I'll send out Max's edited version of my letter! Cool?

    -Amanda C.U.
    s2kmag@pathcom.com
    416.706.5267
     
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi Again...
    I'm just on my way out, but I'll send out Max's edited version of my letter to the above mentioned people- Tommorow before work at 11am.

    The new member of our media cell-Sorry, I forget his name!- Came to Hemmingways today! Nice to see you 'advertising co. guy!'...haha

    Please- if anyone in the media, cell (or not)has any dj contact INFO for me- I'll send out the letter to those people as well. If you send it out, please forward me the responses so I can keep track of them all. Also... Post or e-mail our cell re: who you send this letter to!

    -Peace,
    Amanda
     
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi [​IMG],

    Here's the latest up-date on the dj statement request letter. I sent it to the above list of people- MINUS (excluding)Richie HAwtin, and Paul Morris: I have to dig up thier e-mails, and or call!- but if anyone has their e-mails available, that would be great! post them here, or e-mail me... as well as any other important ones you may have.

    Disco D has sent the letter onto Terrence Parker and Monk from Rabbit in the Moon as well.

    A big help would be promoters addresses too!...
    I'll do aaron@lifeforce.com
    info@liquidadrenaline.com

    But, I'm unaware of the others... post them/e-mail them if you know them. Otherwise I'll have to surf the internet to get them.
    [​IMG]
    Thanks again

    -Amanda
     
  8. Astroboy

    Astroboy TRIBE Member

    WOW!
    that is awesome Amanda [​IMG]

    Keep it up [​IMG]

    astroboy out...
     
  9. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Thanx Robb!
    MOre up-dates...
    Richie Hawtin should have gotten this from Michelle Furgeson of MFPR. And, George from L.A. has sent it to a bunch of people- I have yet to find out who. Also, I sent a modified version to Destiny Productions, who will hopefully forward it to all of their WEMF headliners. Madam Zu, Freaky Flow (Steve and NAt-flipside), and Dj Hardware have also been e-mailed.

    As of yet, I have no responses...I hope I'll be at WEMF and can get some poeple-djs into it then.

    -Peace
    Amanda C.U.
     

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