Listen to My New DJ Mix "Summer 2016"

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Listen to My New DJ Mix "Summer 2016"

It feels like we wait so long for summer and when it's here it's never for long enough.

To welcome this heatwave I put together a thirty minute mix of some Top40, dancehall and house tracks I'm feeling right now.

Enjoy!

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

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Danielle & Kevin's Rustic Niagara Wedding

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Danielle & Kevin's Rustic Niagara Wedding

Ball's Falls is as beautiful as it is fun to say. Somewhere in the Niagara region outside of Jordan, the aptly named Big Barn was the setting for ceremony and reception, with catering and event coordination by Feastivities.

Months earlier I had met with the couple in Toronto near their Annex apartment to talk music. Kevin, a huge Beatles fan, made sure there was plenty of Fab Four on the playlist. The rest would be a healthy amount of classic rock mixed with some current hits.

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DJ Rich Sweet @ The Craft's One Year Anniversary Party

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DJ Rich Sweet @ The Craft's One Year Anniversary Party

Since opening its doors in Liberty Village last year, The Craft has quickly become my local watering hole. This could be because of its genuinely inviting neighbourhood vibe, helped by the fact I immediately recognized half the staff from my own years in the hospitality industry.

The only thing that could make the beer and the food even better was great music!

After a year of success -- and me repeatedly asking "when are we throwing a party in here?" -- I got the call that the anniversary jam would be happening May 12th.

The party started around 7 and as people trickled in were given complimentary food samples from Chef Adrian Andaya's kitchen, and local craft beer samples poured by Side Launch, Steam Whistle and Collingwood Breweries.

The photos above show some of the action but to hear the crafty cuts I was playing check out the upload of the first hour of my set below.

I'm looking forward to doing more at The Craft in the form of a weekly Thursday night starting in June!

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4 Tips For Modern Wedding Ceremony Music

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4 Tips For Modern Wedding Ceremony Music

You’ve got your entrance music and dancefloor must-plays picked out but realize you’ve overlooked music for your ceremony! “Here Comes the Bride” is ancient history, and modern wedding ceremonies need modern music. I often get asked for suggestions, so here are some tips I give clients:

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DJ Rich Sweet @ the Stand Proud York Region Gala

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DJ Rich Sweet @ the Stand Proud York Region Gala

The Stand Proud York Region charity gala took place on Feb. 19th at the Thornhill Golf & Country Club. Funds raised support PFLAG Canada York Region, an education, resource and support network helping those with questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity.

This was my 2nd year supporting this sold-out event, and fellow sponsors included Porter Airlines, Interac and Via Rail.

Notable attendees included Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, York Region Police Chief Eric Jolliffe and Liberal MP Kyle Peterson.

Dinner was followed by an electric dancefloor and drag performance by Robyn DeCradle.

These events only get better each year, looking forward to the next one!

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Chad & Philip's Distillery District Wedding

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Chad & Philip's Distillery District Wedding

When one of your clients is a professional choreographer, you know the music's gotta be on point! This wedding took place at Archeo, in Toronto's Historic Distillery District, August 2015. Dinner was barely over when the dancefloor started and didn't let up for a second. Nevermind a beautifully choreographed first dance, everyone seemed to have just the right moves!

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DJ Rich Sweet Featured in Eatertainment's "Best Weddings of 2015"

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DJ Rich Sweet Featured in Eatertainment's "Best Weddings of 2015"

Toronto caterer Eatertainment has recently published their top weddings of 2015. Included was this fun Parkdale wedding I did for Danielle and Garth at 5 Brock Events early last year.

This was a cocktail party style wedding and I kept the playlist upbeat from the start: motown and funk early in the evening, Top40 and 90s hip-hop later on.

Check out more of Eatertainment's top picks of 2015 here.

Photos: Shelbie Vermette

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Amy & George's Liberty Grand Wedding

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Amy & George's Liberty Grand Wedding

To call Amy & George's wedding "elegant" would be akin to calling the Taj Mahal "a pretty nice building".

Taking place at Liberty Grand July 2015, everything was the definition of glamorous: from the bride's one-of-a-kind dress to the groom's bespoke suit.

Portuguese and Greek families joined together on the dance floor for a mix of traditional music and Top40 favourites. Money was thrown across the dancefloor to bless the newlyweds and the dancing (and shots of Ouzo!) continued well past midnight.

Photos: Flofoto

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