guys, i’ve been so MIA the past couple weeks. and you wanna know why? well, i blame igloofest. i blame igloofest for most of the problems in my life right now, such as: i don’t think i will ever actually be warm again, i have perma frostbite on all my extremities, i am more tired than i have ever been ever, and also, now i have this insatiable need for booty shakin techno and big big room sound. so fuck you igloofest. but also, i love you.
this was the 8th edition of igloofest, and this year boasted a record attendance. people came out in the thousands to shake a foot to a roster of epic proportions. everyone you could think of from adam beyer to scuba to skream, pete tong, TEED, hissy fit, basic soul unit, art department and so. many. more took to the stage in what could easily have been a snowglobe, that’s how fucked the weather was this year. i was over it, mostly, but it’s igloofest – it’s a novelty. you put on 84 layers, suck it up, and head down to the old port because…well, what else are you gonna do on the weekend in february? stay home? please.
let me preface this by saying that i am not a whiner when it comes to being cold. most of the time. but this year, the cold was wet, it gets into your bones and clings to your body from the second you step outside to wait for the bus, to the very minute you are dragging yourself home, drunk, stumbling through the slush. it’s not cute. regardless, i managed to make it out to a record breaking 7 igloofests (like i said, i was over it by the end) and i’ve compiled a list of my favourite moments for those of you freaks that didn’t make it out. in no particular order, here we go!
last week, i had the pleasure of being invited to the opening night of a new musical called to be: in concert, directed by montreal’s own trevor barrette. you might recognize his name – i reviewed his production of none of the above last month. trevor is the owner of kaleidoscope theatre, a new production company based here in montreal; the company has thus far put up four productions, and is well on its way to making a name for itself here.
i had no idea what to expect from to be: in concert. the book and lyrics were both written by barrette, with music by gabriel frank and stephan bradshaw. a true home grown production. if you know me at all, you know how much of a lady boner i have for musicals, so needless to say, i was excited. all i knew of the plotline was that the show was about a young guy, adam, whose estranged father had passed away. a year later, adam is coming to terms with his father’s death, helped along by his cousin benny (played by none of the above‘s scott humphrey). the two get a little tips and hit up a local drag show. i expected a “coming of age” story, a lesson about life and death. to be: in concert was much more than that. what surprised me most was the way the show dealt with adam’s new found sexuality. adam realizes part way through act one that he is gay, and the show builds an intensely deep relationship between adam and the supporting male, seb. what struck me most was how honest the show was – the love scenes in particular were something i’d never quite experienced in theatre before: raw, gritty, honest, nothing was held back. i think the grandmother sitting next to me actually had a stroke when seb and adam ripped off one another’s shirts in a fit of passion. that said, it never felt inappropriate, and that’s tough to make happen.
it’s 11 pm on january 14th 2014. in one hour, littlecity, the online platform for my personal, professional and altogether entirely obnoxious adventures, will turn two. sometime in 2011, i decided i wanted to start a blog. it was a simpler time. i had been an avid “blog reader” for some time – following those really irritating skinny girls with bad taste in music and great taste in clothes, who had a seemingly infinite breadth of knowledge about what and what was not ‘cool.’ “i could do that.” like i said, it was a simpler time.
this particular mix has been a long time coming. a certain fembot and i have been in talks about a mix since the inception of littlecity speaker sessions some time ago, so i’m thrilled to announce that we’ve finally gotten our shit together enough to deliver this banger, just in time to celebrate LC’s 2 year anniversary. consider this preface a fair warning that when you press play on jackie spade‘s mix for littlecity, you won’t be able to turn it off. infamous for a sound that will inevitably make your booty shake, jackie’s mix will infect you with the insatiable move’n'groove that she emanates with the turn of every dial and the push of every button.
with 2013 drawing to a close, i can’t help but think about what an absolutely batshit insane year it’s been for me, both personally and with littlecity. not that i’m complaining. in fact, 2013 has been, easily, one of the best years i can remember. i’ve met some psycho people, listened to some great tunes, been to more concerts than i can count, sang, jumped, walked, danced, bootyshaked, boogied, smoked, drank, eaten and been merry.
easily my most played mix this year