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

Danielle & Kevin's Wedding at Ball's Falls, Photo by Afterglow Images

Danielle & Kevin's Wedding at Ball's Falls, Photo by Afterglow Images

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.

The dancefloor never let up.

Later in the night guests were treated to an exclusive performance by the groom, a musician himself. He first serenaded his new bride before being joined by his bandmates for a jam session.

Here's what the couple had to say about this fun night:

"We booked DJ Rich Sweet for our wedding in April 2016. When we met before the wedding we said we wanted an all night dance party, his response was "I can do that." He did. He mixed classic rock 'n soul with current hits and requests flawlessly, not just playing song after song, but blending tracks and thoughtfully weaving tunes together. We had live music (acoustic guitars and vocals) that he handled through his PA, and mixed it wonderfully. I cannot say enough great things about DJ Rich Sweet, I would not hesitate to book him again."

Thanks to Afterglow Images for the great shots!

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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

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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:

 

1.FIND AN INSTRUMENTAL VERSION OF YOUR FAVOURITE SONG

Got a song in mind but not sure if it’s “wedding appropriate”? Try finding an instrumental version with a softer touch.

Groups like Vitamin Strings and The Piano Guys have built a huge catalog of instrumental covers of popular music. They’ve got everything from U2 to the Beatles to even Metallica!

suggested picks: Vitamin Strings “All I Want is You (U2 Cover)”, The Piano Guys “Over the Rainbow (Isreal Kamamawiwo’ole Cover)”

 

2. FIND A CONTEMPORARY COVER OF A CLASSIC SONG

Maybe you’ve got a song in mind but want a modern twist. Try finding a recent cover by a contemporary artist, this is a great way to pay homage to a classic while finding a ceremony-friendly version of a recognizable song.

suggested picks: Obadiah Parker “Hey Ya (Outkast Cover)”, Ellie Goulding “Your Song (Elton John Cover)

 

3.HAVE FUN WITH YOUR RECESSIONAL SONG

Rings have been exchanged, the vows have been said, now this is the part of the ceremony where you throw formality out the window and have some fun! Your recessional song is all about saying “we did it, let’s party!”

suggested picks: Serena Ryder “What I Wouldn’t Do”, American Authors “Best Day of my Life”

 

4.ONE MORE THING TO CONSIDER

If you’re taking a few minutes to sign a registry, you’ll want some music playing to avoid awkward silence. Go with something instrumental again to provide some background music while the officiant’s going over the paperwork.

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Justin & JD's Thompson Landry Gallery Wedding

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Justin & JD's Thompson Landry Gallery Wedding

Justin & JD's Thompson Landry Gallery Wedding, Photo by Frances Beatty

Justin & JD's Thompson Landry Gallery Wedding, Photo by Frances Beatty

While setting up my equipment inside Thompson Landry Gallery, I was admiring the wall-sized painting of a bull behind me. I noticed a price tag on the wall next to it: $20,000. Maybe I won't be bringing this one home to my shoebox condo anytime soon, I thought...

Beautiful art decorates the walls inside this Distillery District gallery. A cool and cozy space, it was the perfect setting for Justin & JD's hip cocktail party-style wedding.

The grooms entered to a custom fake-out remix which started with a traditional wedding march then abruptly flipped into Beyonce's "Single Ladies". This set the tone for the rest of the night: formal but fun. The non-stop dance floor was an upbeat mix of Top40, 90s dance and pop anthems.

Photos: Frances Beatty Photography

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