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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Toronto's Top 5 Restaurant Wedding Venues

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Toronto's Top 5 Restaurant Wedding Venues

Photo: Frances Beatty Photography

Photo: Frances Beatty Photography

As couples get more creative planning weddings in unique downtown locations, foodies are looking to restaurants to host their big day. Although restaurant receptions sometimes means a limited guest count (which can be a good or bad thing depending on if you're looking to make some tough cuts) what's sacrificed in seating is made up for in impeccable food.  Meals are typically made to order, and the experienced in-house staff means flawless execution.

Here are some of my favourite restaurant venues I've had the pleasure to DJ weddings at... 

 

5. George Restaurant - Queen St. East

George Restaurant, photo by Studio2000

George Restaurant, photo by Studio2000

If you're on Queen Street East this hidden gem is easy to miss if you're not paying attention. Unassuming from the outside, George's beautiful private dining room can accommodate up to 110 for a wedding reception. The menu emphasizes local, seasonable and sustainable ingredients, with an in-house sommelier to offer wine pairings.  There's a central courtyard which can host ceremonies and cocktail hour and guest suites available upstairs. They've even got their own spa in the basement!

There's a few floorplan options for creating a dancefloor space, with sound and lighting being brought in by the DJ. 

website: George Weddings

 

4. Canoe - Financial District

Canoe Restaurant

Canoe Restaurant

If your guests aren't afraid of heights, check out Oliver Bonacini's Canoe. Perched above the Financial District on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, this power lunch locale can accommodate receptions of 140 seated guests or 250 standing. With stunning panoramic views of the city and an available ceremony space, it's one of Toronto's most unique wedding venues.

There's an elevated section in the middle of the room perfect for a dancefloor, with sound and lighting brought in by the DJ. 

website: Oliver & Bonacini Events

 

3. Rosewater - Downtown Core

Rosewater, photo by Jennifer Moher Photography

Rosewater, photo by Jennifer Moher Photography

Looking at Rosewater from the street it's hard to picture how big this venue actually is.  There's the elegant restaurant on the ground floor, but also supper club in the basement and a dedicated event space on the second floor. 

Upstairs, The Rosewater Room does the classic banquet hall motif with a modern feel. It can hold large ceremonies then be reset for a seated dinner accommodating up to 200 people. 

Lots of room for epic dance parties here, and the in-house A/V team offer support with sound and lighting design.

website: Rosewater Room

 

2. Archeo Trattoria - Distillery District

Archeo Trattoria, photo by Zsuzsipal Photography

Archeo Trattoria, photo by Zsuzsipal Photography

It's impossible to walk through Toronto's Distillery District on a weekend without photobombing a wedding party. Among the several heritage buildings turned event spaces, it's not uncommon to see 3 or 4 brides congregated on the main Trinity Street any given Saturday. But of the Distillery venues, Archeo remains my favourite.

Located in the Distillery's old carpentry shop, Archeo's brick and beam design is a perfect spot to host any cozy reception. The room can seat up to 118 guests, and has an adjacent courtyard for ceremony and cocktails. The food here is excellent -- with Chef Joshua Dyer crafting menus that focus on local and sustainable choices. 

The dancefloor finds a perfect home right in front of the bar, where the guests' next drink are just an arms reach away. The in-house A/V team can take care of any sound or video setup requirement.

website: Distillery Events

 

1. Mildred's Temple Kitchen - Liberty Village

Mildred's Temple Kitchen, photo by Frances Beatty Photography

Mildred's Temple Kitchen, photo by Frances Beatty Photography

In the heart of Liberty Village, Mildred's Temple Kitchen is a beautiful restaurant with great food, exceptional staff and has the perfect layout for an intimate wedding reception... in fact, I recently had my own wedding reception here! Personal bias aside, it's one of the best venues in the city. 

Typically known for their famous pancakes and epic brunch lineups (which can reach up to 2 hour waits), Mildred's is also quickly becoming one of Toronto's most popular restaurant wedding locations. The menu is fantastic and the food is made to order, skillfully executed right before your eyes in the open kitchen.

Mildred's can accommodate up to 100 seated guests, and up to 200 for a cocktail-style reception. There's a couple options for ceremony location if it's happening on site. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows and simple, modern design make it a bright space that looks great as-is, with or without added decor.

I've seen a lot of epic dance parties happen here; the elevated section next to the dining room makes for the perfect dancefloor, with the DJ bringing in all sound and lighting. 

website: Mildred's Temple Kitchen

 

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

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LISTEN to my latest mix: "Spring 2017"

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LISTEN to my latest mix: "Spring 2017"

Spring is here! Now, someone tell that to the weather...

Drake's More Life dropped a week ago, and it's permeated this mix as much as it has the Billboard charts. Definitely lots of laid back vibes here , including songs from Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Major Lazer and Ed Sheeran.

Enjoy!

For more exclusive mixes, visit www.djrichsweet.com/mixes

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