DJ Rich Sweet @ The Yorkville Village Arts Festival Opening Gala

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DJ Rich Sweet @ The Yorkville Village Arts Festival Opening Gala

I've got a lot of eclectic songs and remixes that I don't get the chance to play a lot. These are tracks that are maybe just a little too laid back to get a dance party started, or are by up-and-coming artists that haven't reached mainstream success yet. So when I was asked to DJ the opening gala of the Yorkville Village Arts Festival, I knew it'd be the perfect opportunity to dust of some of these artsier selections. 

DJ Rich Sweet at The Yorkville Village Arts Festival Opening Gala

DJ Rich Sweet at The Yorkville Village Arts Festival Opening Gala

Now in its fourth year, the festival is a joint initiative between First Capital Realty and the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. This cultural event showcases over 60 original contemporary art pieces created by 28 OCAD students and recent graduates. 

The gala was hosted by iHeartRadio's Andrea Collins, and featured live painting, a virtual reality art experience and opportunity to chat with the artists themselves.

Some of the more off-beat songs I mixed in were:

  • Jessie Ware - Alone (Toddla T Remix)
  • Sade - Nothing Can Come Between Us (Pomo Remix)
  • Jared Jackson - Loyal to the Dancefloor
  • Solange - Cranes in the Sky (Kaytranada Remix)
  • Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Love Like This

The pop up gallery is open to the public November 3rd to 8th. More info here: http://yorkvillevillage.com/event/yorkville-village-arts-festival

 

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Matt & Tasha's Prince Edward County Wedding

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Matt & Tasha's Prince Edward County Wedding

Matt & Tasha's Prince Edward County Wedding, Photo by Cait Lavoie

Matt & Tasha's Prince Edward County Wedding, Photo by Cait Lavoie

Matt and Tasha are the life of the party. I'd first met them while I was DJing another wedding, where they were firmly anchored on the dancefloor all night. They were wild, funny, and always looked like they were having the time of their lives. When they asked me to DJ their wedding I knew it would be an epic night!

The wedding took place at Fields on West Lake, August 2016. A large barn set in the middle of a lush sprawling property, this venue has become one of Prince Edward County's most popular spots for weddings over the past several years. PEC is quickly losing its "hidden gem" status (if it hasn't already) with more and more city slickers making the 2 hour drive east of Toronto to discover fantastic restaurants, wineries and picturesque settings ideal for weddings.  

I shared DJ duties with good friend and turntablist extraordinaire DJ Timfamous, who was also a groomsmen in the wedding party. We took turns trading off sets, starting off with some Motown, Top40 and classic rock hits then moving into some hip-hop throwbacks and dancehall later in the night. 

Here's some sweet feedback the couple gave after the night ended:

"Rich was amazing to work with! The music was amazing and the dance floor was packed the whole night. I highly recommend DJ Rich Sweet to anyone who wants a great dance party inclusive of all ages. If I could give more than 5 stars I would!"

Congratulations again Matt & Tasha!

 

Photos: Cait Lavoie 

 

To find out more about Rich Sweet visit www.djrichsweet.com

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DJ Rich Sweet @ Eatertainment's "Beats + Eats" Summer Party

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DJ Rich Sweet @ Eatertainment's "Beats + Eats" Summer Party

This month premier Toronto caterer Eatertainment moved their HQ to a beautiful new space on the east end and wanted to throw a huge bash to break it in. Clients, friends and bon vivants were there to drink, dance and sample the epic spread of food that Eatertainment is known for. 

I was invited by Spectrum Agency to play a short set, along with a few other talented DJs from around the city. 

Photo via @spectrum_to

Photo via @spectrum_to

I was vibin on a French theme for this set, peep the playlist:

  • The Avener - "Fade Out Lines (Marcapasos Remix)"
  • Daft Punk - "Fresh (Justin Faust Remix)"
  • Friendly Fires - "Paris (Aeroplane Remix)"
  • Phoenix - "Trying To Be Cool (Breakbot Remix)"
  • C2C - "Down the Road"
  • M83 - "Midnight City"
  • Sebastian - "Love in Motion"
  • Polo & Pan - "Canopee"
  • Cerrone - "Hooked on You (Kon Edit)"
  • MGMT - "Electric Feel (Justice Remix)"
  • Yuksek - "Truth feat Juveniles"
  • Daft Punk - "Face to Face"
  • Lykki Li - "I Follow Rivers (Magician Remix)"
  • Fakear - "La Lune Rousse"
  • Stevie Wonder - "Superstition (C2C Remix)"
  • Busy P - "Genie feat Mayer Hawthorne"
  • Louis Armstrong - "La Vie En Rose (DNZL Remix)"
  • Phoenix - "Goodbye Soleil"

Guests grooved along while enjoying ping pong, a rose room, live art installations and later in the night some drumming and firedance performances. Steamwhistle was the beer sponsor and rolled up in a cool vintage van, complete with draft tap built right into the side. 

Thanks again to Spectrum and Eatertainment for a great party.

Be sure to check out the event video below.

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Hear my new mix: "Summer 2017"

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Hear my new mix: "Summer 2017"

I was recently surprised to find out Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" (more specifically, the remix with Justin Bieber) is the first Spanish song to reach no. 1 on the US charts since Macarena in 1996. MACARENA! 1996!! I feel like there should have been a couple more hits like this in the twenty year gap, but it seems North America's been slow to adopt the Reggaeton sound that's currently having a huge influence on Top40 radio. 

This mix is meant to capture those warms sounds of summer, with lots of Reggaeton and dancehall vibes, as well as some house and EDM party tracks for poolside listening. 

Enjoy that sunshine!

For more exclusive DJ mixes visit: www.djrichsweet.com/mixes

 

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3 Tips For Couples Hiring a Wedding DJ

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3 Tips For Couples Hiring a Wedding DJ

Photo: Niv Shimshon Photography

Photo: Niv Shimshon Photography

The following is an excerpt from an interview I recently did with Niv Shimshon Photography. To read the full interview & see more pictures, click here: http://www.nivshimshon.com/toronto-wedding-dj/

When asked about what to consider when hiring a DJ for your wedding, here's the advice I offer...

1. Ask to meet your DJ. Some companies will book clients who won’t meet the DJ until the day of their wedding. The DJ they send might be fine, but a wedding is a very personal event! I pick up a lot of information just chatting and corresponding with clients along the way.

2. Ask family and friends about their own experiences hiring a DJ. Although I use social media and various wedding vendor sites to get leads, word of mouth is still my most powerful form of marketing. Online reviews are also key.

3. When it comes to the budget, consider how important music is to your event. Booking a DJ doesn’t need to break the bank, but this is an area where couples sometimes try to save money by getting a friend to do it or by hiring a company advertising cheap DJ services. Price is usually linked to experience, and a DJ who puts a real value on their own time and services will take pride in making your wedding the best it can be!

Photo: Niv Shimshon Photography

Photo: Niv Shimshon Photography

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