SebastiAn (Live) @ The Hoxton – September 8, 2011
Toronto has waited a long time for Sebastian to come. Thanks to the wonderful promoters over at Embrace and Hoxton, they brought this Parisian producer over to give Toronto a chance to experience his punchy beats & electro sounds live and in person.
Upon my arrival to The Hoxton at 11PM, the doors had not opened and a crowd was anxiously forming outside. It seems things were a bit delayed due to TIFF and someone had told me that Sebastian had only arrived into Toronto hours early. Finally when the doors finally opened and I got the chance to go inside the club, I was pleasently surprised with the decor. I loved the Circa Nightclub-esque vibe. The sounds quality was crisp. The Hoxton seemed to be the perfect venue to showcase SebastiAn.
The club slowly filled up with Milano opening with deep house and techno. It wasn’t until close to 1AM when SebastiAn finally took the stage. The stage, which was raised above everyone, made it seem as if SebastiAn was an electro-preacher of some sort. His face, while spinning, was very serious. He stood in front of carefully placed video screens that depicted a story, which went along with all the beats he spun. Very banging. Very hard. Very SebastiAn.
As for the crowd, well they loved every single minute of it. As the beat was rising, the crowd was having a mind melt. SebastiAn played dance music suited for the dance floor. The crowd (a mix of hipsters and the King Street crowd) couldn’t stop eating it up and it all suited his fans quite well. SebastiAn nearly started a riot on the dance floor and it was well worth the wait. All hail the Church of SebastiAn.
Photos by Visualbass