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Club and Event Previews and Reviews

Boa Redux – Saturday July 23, 2005 – R.I.P

270 Spadina Avenue (now relocated to 360 Adelaide West)I have just one thing to say – LOUD!!!! Boa’s main room has an extremely loud beast of a sound system pumping out tribal and progressive house in all it’s variations. Entry is strict and involves an acceptable level of patting down for drug, contraband and God knows what. Then one must pay at another flight of stairs, and then finally scale some more stairs to get to the main room, whereupon the thunderous assault on one’s ears takes place. The place is basically a beautifully renovated theatre made for dancing, with a stage on the left and several levels of dance plateaus on the right. Hundreds, if not thousands of people can fit into the main room, because it extends back as far as the eye can see.

On the other side of the theatre layout there lies another downstairs room with chairs and tables and it’s own DJ spinning soulful house with lyrics on the night we were there. What keeps Boa fresh is that although there are resident DJ’s, there are also invited guest DJ’s that spin there as well. The DJ on the ones and twos in the main room was one such guest DJ, his name being Sandy Rivera (Kings of Tomorrow, Defected). My three friends and I spent the night going between the two rooms and dancing to whatever came on.

Overall people are going to Boa to hear appealing music on a sound system that is only rivaled by System Sound Bar. Some people are also going to dance off their Ecstasy or similar drug haze, so we were very aware of the occasional stoned and off-balance humans maneuvering on the dance floor and throughout the club. In light of this, one can appreciate the no alcohol served rule at Boa. Not to worry water, power drinks, and Red Bull are all available at the bar for about three times what you would pay in a grocery store… heh, heh, heh.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 7 Ambiance – 8 1/2 Love factor – 6

July 23, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SCHMOOZE – Friday July 22, 2005

www.schmooze.ca

15 Mercer Street (south of King St. and west of John St.)

I’ve been to this place on a Friday several times with my girlfriends, and I must say it is a unique experience each time. Essential to getting your Friday evening party started right, is showing up at Schmooze before 8:00pm. Before this time entry to the club is easy, the bouncers are cordial and let you right in.

As well, you will be able to get your hot little hands on as many drinks as you can buy. At $2.50 for martini’s and $1.50 for beer and mixed drinks, you will want to keep those hands full. Schmooze, the entity is well laid out with two large bars on the main floor, and whole lot of mingling room on the multileveled floor. The ceilings are loft like, with pillars and rich wood accent throughout. Also on the first level are the main washrooms. The wash areas are co-ed so expect to share a sink and some small talk with the opposite sex. The women’s individual stalls offer a freaky surprise that I won’t give up here, you’ll just have to go and find out for yourself. Ascending the grand staircase to the second floor, you’ll find another set of non-coed washrooms. Finally, on the third level a spacious rooftop cedar patio with a bar offers up a space to smoke, or just sit and chill.

Schmooze on a Friday is a place where the faster you get liquored up the more fun you have. The eye candy factor is not bad either, just make sure you’ve assessed the candidates before you get sloshed. Everyone of the hundreds of bodies in the place is feeling good by the time 9 pm rolls around. You’ll likely meet people you would never meet anywhere else. The music starts getting louder and more up to date as the night goes on until it reaches club mode. You and your peeps will effortlessly move from schmoozing, to dancing to r&b, salsa, house, and old school with other fellow schmoozers. In the end it’s all love and good times.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 71/2 People – 8 Ambiance – 9 Love factor – 9

July 23, 2005 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment