Agreed. A Wednesday night treat, no question. Seb's set was tight. Crowd filed out relatively early, but that's to be expected. I'm a bit tired rolling into work on 3 hours of sleep. I had fun chilling, talking and dancing with Malia and Heather for a while, and I think my good buddy The Vibe is still loaded and/or sleeping. Buddy get yo' ass up and to work, fack.
I was definitely impressed. Evil P started off the night with some housier grooves and built up nicely to Seb Fontaine. Kudos to TONIC for always having excellent warm-up DJs, and for putting their headliners on around 12:30am out of sympathy for those who must work in the morning.
Having missed Seb Fontaine on his last 3 visits to Toronto, I was glad to *finally* hear what all the fuss was about. His set was generally on the tribal side, with a little trance here and there. He played a bunch of older tunes to complement the newer material (well, new to me, at least
). Seb kept the energy level up all night and the crowd was lovin' it, lovin' it, lovin' it.
Overall, a top-night out for a Wednesday. As an added bonus, Seb Fontaine walked into the club right infront of my girlfriend, who became quite star-struck even though she's not a huge fan.
And just for the record, I'm sincerely surprised that I haven't taken up smoking considering 9 of the last 10 events I've attended have been sponsored by Benson & Hedges.
Benson & Hedges go all out on their events. They've got the money to spend, that's for sure.
Anyhow, the night was really busy, and the place was rocking. Evil P warmed up the crowd really well, even played a classic in BBE - Seven Days and One Week (with a KOT - Finally Accapella playing over top of it). Around 12:30am, Seb Fontaine left the VIP area, and started spinning his set. From the moment he started his set, he was playing hard tracks, great bass ... people were rushing throughout the club. The only track I can really remember from his set was Satoshi's remix of Papua New Guinea, but that was at the end of his set. All the tracks he played were relatively new, and had the crowd going. I hit the dancefloor around 2:30am, and that's when he really started to pour on the intensity ... BUILDS BUILDS BUILDS ... then BOOM! It's hard to put into words, but everywhere I looked around me, people were losing their minds. Seb had the crowd in his hands. He impressed me last time he was here in June @ System, but this set was even better. Beautiful.
How good of a time you have also hinges on the company you keep, and last night being around good friends made all the difference. Great party for a wednesday night.
Wow, I surprised by your reviews, I had a completely different take on last night.
I think I can sum up my thoughts on Seb's set in just one word:
. . . . . . *YAWN*
I don't think it was just me, because I wasn't the only one actually yawning or that thought the set was lacking. Not at all like the last time I saw him here in T.O. The first hour or so just did absolutely nothing for me, just one mediocre tune after another. He completely failed to bring me in, by the time the tracks improved by 2am, I no longer cared and felt like leaving. Thanks to all the Tribe boarders that were out, for redeeming my night - always a pleasure to spend time with some smiling and "real" people.
A decent set by Seb Fontaine, kept me dancing most of the time... but was lacking a little something. May have been the crowd who just didn't seem into it, especially compared to his set @ system where the crowd was really rockin... Overall a good set, but not as good as his last T.O. appearance.
after spending the last two wednesdays at tonic this week pales in comparison to the last in both vibes and music- which just goes to show you that it's not all about numbers or big name djs.
arriving at around 1:30, prime time for a weekday, the place was pretty packed (but still enough room to move). once again benson and hedges have done nicely in decorating the room which was definetely looking festive. immediately hit the dance floor to see if i would take a beating like i did last week. much to my dismay i found that i was barely breaking a sweat. sure there were plenty of builds but they never took me anywhere. yeah the crowd was cheering but it seemed to be after much prompting from the dj booth. and usually the crowds reaction *after* the build up that's an indicator of the skill and there just wasn't that much hype going- neither by means of full out dancing or awe inspired looks because of mixing and scratching. seb fountaine appeared to be having fun in the booths but i wasn't really feeling him until the last half an hour into his set where things got a little harder, some of the trancy tech stuff he was playing might have benefited from guvernments system.
1 out of 2 isn't bad for a wednesday night, perhaps some of matt c's yummy house will prove better next week
He played at the Guvernment about a year ago and it was one of the best nights I've ever had. I also have his live sets from Homelands, Creamfields and Passion - it's pure bliss. But then he played *real* mind-blowing tracks (of the most well-known, West on 27th comes to mind).
I don't know what happened to him now. He played same boring mindless crap that seems to be so popular these days. I talked to soame other people who loved what Seb Fontaine used to play, and they thought the same.