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.
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