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The old E!SPACE revisited

sk8

TRIBE Member
the big area at keele and st. clair through the gunns road area used to all be slaughterhouses and rendering plants. it used to smell great in the summer.

it is now a canadian tire, rona, home depot and a 24-hour dominion. some of the old warehouses and holding areas are still there but empty. pretty soon it'll all be torn down as there is major townhouse/condo construction going on in the area.

there is only one operational section left at the far west side of the whole complex on st. clair. mostly pigs i think.

from that area comes my dad's favourite sign when they were adding on to the plant to put in a shortening factory:

"shortening expansion"
 

MartyMcFly

TRIBE Promoter
I recently had these old videos converted from vhs to the internet's :D

The link is below...
If you were around back then.... Enjoy.. :)


http://www.torontoraves.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=32552

(or just visit the sticky on the main page)



The lost E!Space video. The 2nd last E!Space party ever...first up, The audio is very get-toe and sadly you can't hear everything. What I attempted to make was a video memory of a place 'I' loved going to and cuz I had recently left another rave scene (Vancouver 92-95) I made this for myself to remember the place as best I knew how. I just found the vids again so thank you to torontoraves.com for hosting it... big up the Toronto rave scene once more....& Prepare to e!nter the past...... cont
 
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voytek

TRIBE Member
it is worth noting that it was the site for the first ever Hullabaloo.

it is somewhat worth noting that i had the membership and collected the stamps for discounts or whatever that was about. I think I went there for their second week and then I was hooked for about a year or so. till the zombies took over.
 

Taro

TRIBE Member
can't get the link to work...







damn





I also want to add, that although I never went to the place, I really miss raves in weird locations (and yes, I would totally party in a slaughter house-in fact a dutch act once told me about one of his best events [it was in a still in use slaughter house])

the experience of partying in venues that are not usually used for public gatherings was one of my favourite aspects about raves. You see that space in a totally different way
 
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Dirty Girl

TRIBE Member
^^whats a sticky?
how do i see the video, I dont wanna register, do I have to register ?
pls help the idiots.
 

phunkymunky

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Taro
can't get the link to work...







damn





I also want to add, that although I never went to the place, I really miss raves in weird locations (and yes, I would totally party in a slaughter house-in fact a dutch act once told me about one of his best events [it was in a still in use slaughter house])

the experience of partying in venues that are not usually used for public gatherings was one of my favourite aspects about raves. You see that space in a totally different way

i don't think i'd wanna party in a slaughterhouse haha. the risk of getting sick is a bit high. specially if it's still in use. :eek:
 

Klubmasta Will

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Taro
I also want to add, that although I never went to the place, I really miss raves in weird locations (and yes, I would totally party in a slaughter house-in fact a dutch act once told me about one of his best events [it was in a still in use slaughter house])

the experience of partying in venues that are not usually used for public gatherings was one of my favourite aspects about raves. You see that space in a totally different way

the shitty real estate and commercial leasing market in the nineties was key to some of the best parties. commercial landlords were losing money and would rent to anyone - for anything - to help stop the bleeding.
 

passdabong

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by geminigirl
^awwww Marty that pic brings back so many memories.

Some of my fondest memories are:

*the dirty washrooms with the benches...all the action was in the washroom! I met so many people that I partied with for years later in that washroom.
*yellow jackets
*black licorice mdma
*Maxine:)

Pics do bring back a lot of memories for me, this is where it all started. I remember so many mornings hoping that I had saved a toonie for the street car. I can't count the many sketchy streetcar rides on those early Sat morinings
 
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tim patrick

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Originally posted by Klubmasta Will
the shitty real estate and commercial leasing market in the nineties was key to some of the best parties. commercial landlords were losing money and would rent to anyone - for anything - to help stop the bleeding.

Yes there were some spectacular deals for some promoters in that era.

I remember the first time 393 King St. W. was used the owner asked for $500.00 :eek: on the condition that he got to sell the water. I still remember how everyone that was in the room had to turn away from looking at each other when he named his price, so we wouldn't give away the fact that he was giving away his space.

Needless to say, after 3000 ppl showed up at 25-30 bucks a head, the owner decided to change his rates.
 

Taro

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by phunkymunky
i don't think i'd wanna party in a slaughterhouse haha. the risk of getting sick is a bit high. specially if it's still in use. :eek:


buddy, I work at a hospital, did so during SARS..........


I'm really not scared of germs, although it would be nice to have a 'clean' slaughterhouse...
 
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Variant

TRIBE Member
The larger space beside was pretty cool.. Destiny Classic Roots was held there. Ultra Sonic, The dentist, USOH, all the good local trance dj's, ambient dj's, about 4000 people I'd say doing it up big time. Feb 96 I believe it was.
 

basilisk

TRIBE Member
"Kinetix" was held there too... interesting event... garbage bags taped to every surface, all lights extinguished... just one red light by the decks, murat + techno in the dark. Lots of bumping into people and chilling in the tiny lit side room :)
 
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Dr Trance

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E Space re-dux

FYI-The E! Space that Marty is talking about and most of you are remembering here was actually where Len and Jeanine LIVED, which was not the actual area of the former slaughterhouse; that was next door (albeit part of the same building).

The first time I went to a party in the bigger space it was underground bliss: taking a freight elevator to the dance space on the 2nd floor, dancing in two back room warehouse spaces (one of which played host to Ultrasonic, one of the best live techno bands ever), enjoying decor that you knew was never again going to be used made especially for the party , being so far out of the "loop" and totally in an industrial area so that we KNEW the cops would never notice, seeing the same friendly folks that came out every week to a different space to enjoy the party and the music and not just take drugs and fall down.

And I didn't know until after the party that the building had been used as a slaughterhouse. There was certainly no indication of that to me or my friends that night. And at future parties I never noticed any smell or blood stains that would have indicated what the rooms had been used for at one time. I think some peoples' imaginations went into overdrive when they heard what that building had been. It was never as gross as has been suggested in this thread. And the subsequent E! Space was NEVER gross and dirty because people lived there. It was in fact one of the best (and cleanest) spaces that has ever been used in this city on a regular basis (imho).

The E! Team was also responsible for keeping the original vibe alive while the massive parties were changing the face of the scene (not an indictment of the massive parties, which were good in their own right-before they all moved to the two clubs that host them now). If you remember a night at 28 Gunns Rd, then you remember the last of the classic days of the rave scene in Toronto.
 

The Kid

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Bernnie Federko
Anyone remember the space Kinnetix used for the party with MURAT/Marshall/Milligen up in the area around 1998ish?


yessss.... yes I do!
 

basilisk

TRIBE Member
They were good times... that I can't really remember too well :)

Those were the days before I had some kind of music taste and just about everything sounded good. Too bad ya can't go back! (in some ways)
 
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