The rain has washed the snow away and sunny days are coming soon, but festival season is still a long way away, so you'll be stuck dancing indoors at the clubs and warehouses for a little while longer. March's Foundry festival continues into the first weekend of April with highly anticipated appearances by Shed and Skudge on April 4 and by Carl Craig on April 5, but here's some other ideas for springtime partying this month.
DJ Spinna / April 5 / Revival / 10 pm / $15
Brooklyn's DJ Spinna has a long history rocking Toronto crowds with his wildly eclectic sets, which can span everything from underground hip-hop to vintage funk to deep house. Expect his approach to be even more freewheeling and unpredictable for this party, as the theme for the night is "Anything Goes."
Promise Garden Party / April 11 / The Lithuanian House / 10 pm / $40
It's not quite warm enough for real outdoor parties yet, but the annual Promise Garden Party helps you pretend that it is, as they turn a banquet hall into a whimsical indoor garden. DJs on hand for the night are Montreal's Seychelle, Ottawa's Brink, and locals Richard Brooks and Ben Cormier. Pastel suits and wispy dresses encouraged.
Mickey Finn / April 20 / Opera House / 9 pm / $40
Dance music has made a huge comeback in recent years thanks to the mainstream EDM boom, but that doesn't mean that the old school rave scene has disappeared. If anything drum'n'bass seems on the verge of a comeback. See for yourself when UK jungle pioneer Mickey Finn headlines this all-ages Easter Long Weekend party
Magda and James Holden / April 24 / Hoxton / 10 pm / $15
The Toronto stop of the Apex Tour brings Detroit techno star Magda and influential UK DJ/producer James Holden to the Hoxton for a night of sleek tech house and melodic bangers. Either DJ could headline this room on their own, so getting both on one night is a special treat.
Duke Dumont and Jimmy Edgar / April 26 / Coda / 10 pm / $25
Duke Dumont's Need U (100%) was easily one of the biggest pop-house crossover hits of 2013, which helped propel him to big room headliner status in the UK. If you're planning on checking him out though, make sure you get there early enough to catch Detroit rising star Jimmy Edgar opening up.
Photo of DJ Spinna
by Benjamin Boles via blogTO