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Vertigo has steadily become a fixture in Toronto's dance music scene over the past year, providing an afterhours home for local talent, internationally-known bookings and lovers of house and techno. It's Vertigo's One Year Anniversary this weekend and I caught up with Vertigo maestro (and manager) Rudee Nik to learn more about him, the club, his philosophy on bookings, underground culture and more. Check out our catch up here!

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With dozens of releases, Daniel Lera’s irresistible, abyss-like groove has found a home on labels like Dennis Cruz’ Lemon-Aid, Stefano Noferini’s Deeperfect and Nicole Moudaber’s MOOD. Born in San Sebastien, Spain, Lera’s love for electronic music led to buying turntables ten years ago, ultimately laying the groundwork for an exploration of music composition, rhythm and groove through DJing and production. If there’s one word that consistently defines his sound, it’s groove. He’s given us an exclusive mix, an exciting first for MJD! Join us on a dark yet light, rhythmic journey with scintillating percussion and a tribal twist. We caught...

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There is power when people of similar creative intentions connect, and the magic is evident and compelling with this prolific deep house/tech house production duo. Hailing from London, England, Eli & Fur have been growing steadily since 2013 with well-received releases on Anjunadeep, Defected and Toolroom, including collaborations with Santé, Erick Morillo and Dantiez Saunderson. Their sound is imbued by captivating melodies and sensual vocals, enchanting dance floors with mesmerizing vibes. Recently, the DJs played the last season of Music is Revolution, Carl Cox’s legendary weekly party at Space Ibiza, including the epic Closing party. The pair are showing no...

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To describe Spaniard Dennis Cruz’ sound is to enter a refined, deep-tech and techno groove with a hint of dub that moves you. Known for his deft productions that frequently chart in Beatport’s Top 100, and with releases on acclaimed labels Snatch!, Saved, Stereo Productions, Deeperfect and Material, he’s been steadily making his mark among noted industry veterans. We sat down ahead of his Canadian debut at Captive Audience’s Equinox party this past weekend in Toronto for a light-hearted conversation punctuated with laughs and a few stories. He touches on his production background and process, challenges, influences and advice to...

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With great content from formidable talent, I thought it'd be valuable to take a look back at quotes and ideas that stood out. The intention for the series is to connect with fascinating, creative artists and thought-leaders who have carved out an authentic path in a field they're passionate about, and to reflect their experience, vision and thoughts to you. Here's a glance at four compelling interviews with links to the full version.  There's power in sharing our stories - they call us to our truth, stir us to action and remind us of our common humanity. These conversations abound with insight,...

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