DJ Skate Nights

A January filled with jams at DJ Skate Nights

With 2014 coming to a close, the DJ Skate Nights series is officially in full effect. Kicking the season off this December was New York house music legend Jellybean Benitez and Toronto’s own Groove Institute. They were followed by 1LoveTO’s annual Holiday Skating Party, which saw over 600 of you take to the ice making it a party to remember. …

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Celebrate a legacy of dance music – on the ice

Through the curatorial lens of ‘seven generations’ we look at the DJs and parties that have pioneered dance music. We look to the legendary DJs who have blazed trails as well as the emerging generation of DJs now rocking Toronto’s dance floors. On December 13, NYC’s Jellybean Benitez – a house music legend — will play a set for skaters celebrating 30 years of house …

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DJ Skate Nights 2014/15 season is officially here

Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights will once again drop the beat on the winter blahs for 11 straight weeks, inviting a stellar lineup of local party-starters and legendary international DJs to ramp up the scene on the Natrel Rink. No cover charge. No line-ups. Just beats, blades and good times from December 13–February 21 at Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights. …

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DJ Skate Nights draw to a close

Now it’s time, to say goodbye to all our company. This weekend marks the final DJ Skate Night of the 2013/2014 season. Up to now, we’ve hosted some of Toronto’s premier DJs who’ve turned the Natrel Rink into a dance party on ice every Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. What can we say, it’s been an incredible season.

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Never Forgive Action with DJs Numeric and Dalia

We’re drawing ever so close to end of our DJ Skate Nights season. This week, we’re doing something special and enlisting Never Forgive Action (NFA) to rock the Natrel Rink — and trust us, they take the term “hip hop you don’t stop” very seriously. NFA, the good folks behind Hip Hop Karaoke (HHK), is an organization that’s been involved in a variety of shows in Toronto including: DJ Cash Money, Prince Paul, Jazzy Jay, DJ Evil Dee (Black Moon), Killa-Jewel, P-Love, Skratch Bastid and many more. DJ Numeric and DJ Dalia will be holding it down as you and your  crew skate the scenic Natrel Rink to the sounds of hip hop’s golden era.

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Skating is love: Yes Yes Valentines on the Natrel Rink

Having trouble deciding what to do with your valentine this year? Here’s a hot tip: nothing says I like and/or love you like a romantic skate on the scenic Natrel Rink. This Saturday night, we’re bringing YES YES Y’ALL, a queer hip hop/dancehall/rnb jam to our rink. The five person outfit will set your hearts  aflame with awesome love day tunes.

Want a taste of what to look forward to? The YES YES Y’ALL team shared a few of their fave love anthems with us.

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Dwight Drummond’s top ten soca songs

Harbourfront Centre is gearing up for Kuumba. For three days (Feb. 7-9), we celebrate Black History Month with music, comedy, dance, film, family activities and of course Soca on Ice.

Nobody is more exited for a night of skating to calypso and soca chunes than CBC Toronto anchor, Dwight Drummond. He teams up with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince to get our annual carnival-themed party started.

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Cherry Bomb returns to rock DJ Skate Nights

Toronto’s favourite monthly women’s/queer party returns to Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink on Saturday, Feb. 1 after a one-year hiatus from our red-hot DJ Skate Nights series. From 8-11pm., Cherry Bomb – a.k.a. Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson – will bring their talents to the tables with high-voltage sets of house, funk, hip hop, UK funky, reggae, electro, tech and other dance floor burners all mixed, mashed and played with love.

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K-Pop takes over the Natrel Rink

Dubbed “South Korea’s greatest export” by Time Magazine, there’s no denying the cultural impact and extreme growth of the K-Pop movement. A musical guilty pleasure for many people, including Snoop Doggy Dogg (seriously, he said so) — acts like PSY and BIGBANG (the only K-Pop act in 2013 to enter the Billboard 200),  have solidified the genre’s poularity in North America. Canada’s #1 K-Pop event promoters, Pop! Goes the World, are bringing an audio/visual K-Pop extravaganza to the Natrel Rink this Saturday night at LunarSkate.

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Footprints: an unpretentious marriage of musical flavors

You can’t know your future until you know your past. This is the musical mantra of Footprints, a three man wrecking crew who happen to host one of mega-city’s longest-running parties. Jason Palma, part owner of the Toronto vinyl mecca Play De Record, rare record junky General Eclectic and DJ Stuart (a.k.a. Basic Soul Unit) are bringing their unique mix of funk, soul, afrobeat, latin, hip hop and everything in between to the Natrel Rink this weekend. Open-minded listeners and music aficionados alike will find out why this party is still going strong after eleven years.

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