Red and purple lights blinked as I entered the Danforth Music Hall which I had never been to before and was impressed with the elegance of the venue. It had this interesting theatre vibe that really complimented the upcoming styles of the acts. I went upstairs to the balcony to my seats up to the second floor of the auditorium to allow me the best view in the house.
The opening act played some deeper tunes to get the crowd prepared, dropping a particularly titillating remix to RUFUS’ Innerbloom. As it became apparent Bakermat would soon make his appearance the excitement in the crowd was palpable. The lights shut down and a dim blue beam signified the beginning of what would be an extremely memorable set. Bakermat was accompanied onstage by a live a saxophone player which added an almost unrealistic amount of flair and authenticity to the performance. He demonstrated his musical prowess when he dropped the sample of ‘Feelin’ Good’ from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s song, ‘New Day’, which had the crowd going wild, dancing and singing to the lyrics. Bakermat mixed the iconic tracks ‘Magic’ by Coldplay, ‘Imagination’ by Gorgon City and “this girl”’ by Kungs vs Cookin. He also peppered many of his classics like ‘Teach me” and Black Cat John Brown into the mix.
After Bakermat wrapped up his set and took his leave, the headliner of the night, Sam Feldt, joined Torontonians for some classics. His tropical flavour played off of Bakermat’s tunes, which created a clear, but effective musical transition for concert-goers. Feldt played some funky hits and mixes, including ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ by Galantis, ‘Shadows of Love’ and ‘Been a While’. His musical energy radiated throughout the entire theater, and the audience was continuously excited and enlivened during the entire set. He played his famous songs ‘Show Me Love’, ‘Right Now’ and ‘Feel the Love’ that had everyone exhilarated and dancing. As the show came to a close, fans got excited for the after party that was to take place at the Hoxton in Toronto.
Upon arriving at the Hoxton I was shocked to find out that both headliners would not only be making an appearance but would also be playing completely different sets. This type of energy and appreciation for their fans is rare and exciting. Finally when I thought it could not get any better the beloved saxophonist jumped onto the stage at the Hoxton to continue serenading a hungry crowd.
Overall I was blown away by both the performers’ ability to keep the crowd engaged across two completely different venues and atmospheres. They were able to keep you surprised and enthralled with their track selections.