Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2018 Launch Party

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Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2018 Launch Party

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DJs don't always eat well (those Golden Arches can be pretty tempting at 3am) but one of the perks of working special events is being able to sample some of the best grub in the industry.

You can imagine my stomach's delight when I was asked in April to DJ the launch party of this year's "Canada's 100 Best Restaurants" magazine. As its name would suggest, the publication ranks the best restaurants across the country, and their chefs, and is now in its 4th year. 

Hosted at Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village, the room was packed with food critics, restauranteurs, chefs and other lucky bon vivants. The food was of course on point, and the playlist was a mix of cool cocktail favourites and some low key vibes I've been feeling lately. 

A couple familiar faces in the crowd included Chopped Canada judge Michael Smith as well as Lynn Crawford, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.  

The top prize went to Toronto's Alo Restaurant and its chef Patrick Kriss.

For the full list of winners, visit canadas100best.com

Photos: Jesse Milns

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Nicole and Will's Wild Archeo Wedding

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Nicole and Will's Wild Archeo Wedding

 Wedding at Archeo, Distillery District, photo by Silverlight Photography

Wedding at Archeo, Distillery District, photo by Silverlight Photography

Last year I included Archeo as one of my favourite restaurant wedding venues in Toronto. For a DJ it's a space that works perfectly for getting people dancing for one key reason: guests have to go through the dancefloor to get to the bar! 

Nicole and Will were married this past November. They're an impossibly kind couple who were a dream to work with -- we met once to discuss music and aside from a few favourites, they left it wide open for me to play whatever I needed to keep the party going. I also stood in as MC through the night, helping with a few introductions and announcements. 

The playlist was a mix of classic hits through the decades, and later veered towards 2000s nostalgia . At one point there was a call for some throwback Euro dance hits, which culminated in a big "Sandstorm" dance circle!

Here's what Will and Nicole had to say following the wedding:

"Rich is an excellent and very talented DJ! He helped make our wedding an awesome and unforgettable party. Our musical tastes are broad so it was hard giving Rich any direction but he didn't need it. He was great at choosing the right genres and songs for the right times throughout the evening. He made sure the dance floor stayed lit and we got many many compliments about the music. Would definitely recommend!"

 

Photos: Silverlight Photography

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Join me at the "Stand Proud York Region" charity gala March 25th

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Join me at the "Stand Proud York Region" charity gala March 25th

I've once again been honoured with an invitation to DJ at the annual "Stand Proud York Region" Charity Gala,  taking place March 25th at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham. For a fourth year in a row I'll be providing entertainment for this very important community event, and this year I'll be sharing the stage with band Stereoflavour as well as drag performance by Sofonda Cox.

Check out the event description below, and click here for the Facebook event page for more info and link to purchase tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/493893580981707/

"This stylish event is the most colourful celebration of the year, benefiting the LGBTQ2 community.

Funds raised go right back to the community by helping pflag continue to provide vital peer-to-peer support services to those in need, educational materials to send to schools so kids never feel alone, and by allowing us to provide training and workshops to organizations who want to be more inclusive.

Come stand proud, stand loud and stand together with us for this exciting charity event!"

-PFLAG York Region

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Let Me DJ my way into your heart at the "Love (Actually)" opening night party

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Let Me DJ my way into your heart at the "Love (Actually)" opening night party

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Curated by Scarlet O'Neill, The Love (Actually) exhibit is a group photo-show showcasing the power of love & happiness in real moments during weddings. It’s returning for it’s second time and will be an annual show at the Gladstone Hotel. 

I'll be DJing the opening night reception, happening at the Gladstone Hotel February 8th, from 7-10pm. It's FREE!! Come check out the photography,  meet the artists and mingle with others in the local wedding community.

More info on the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1967228080206720/permalink/1967445243518337/

See you there! 

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Wrapping up 2017 with my "Best of the Year" Mix

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It's that time again!

Each year I put out an hour-long mix of the music from the year that was -- including tracks that got played a whole lot, and ones I think might've been overlooked.

As with every year, there was so much music to work with. This year's mix includes Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, Post Malone, Drake, Future, Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar to name a few...

Stream it on Mixcloud here.

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