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    That was a tough winter. Seriously, it was cold, it lasted far too long, and quite frankly, we are glad it's over. Bring on the hot weather, the cold beers, the mini skirts and the parties!

    And 2014 is looking spectacular. We have hibernated all winter cooking up some marvelous nights for this season, and it starts very soon!

    May 23rd, join us as we invade The Hoxton with Ed Rush, Optical and Marky. A massive lineup in one of the most popular venues in the city. Joining them on hosting duties is the mighty Armanni Reign! Not to be missed.

    Sunday May 25th, something very special to us. We have wanted to revive the Sunday nights in the city for a long time, and it's finally happening. CHURCH brings together Toronto's finest for an unadulterated evening of Drum n Bass. We will have some more information on that very soon, in the meantime, click above and join the event on the book.

    Ofourse, no Summer is complete without Digital Dreams. A staple in the city for the past 3 years, this year's line up is absolutely monstrous. Check the forum for all the details and discussion.

    Hope you got plenty of rest this winter, there will be a few sleepless nights this Summer!
    Published on 04-12-2014 10:14 PM

    For a long time, Toronto was missing a key ingredient for growth. The ability for the younger, musically thirsty and inquiring generation to have a place to feel Drum n Bass.

    Listening at home or in your car is incredible, but few can argue the feeling of being in a room with a few thousand local minded people while DnB is delivered the way it's supposed to.
    With a strong soundsystem, infinite visual stimulation and a DJ who can command a dance floor at will.

    Enter DnB Federation. With a few events already under their relatively novice wings, they have proven the passion and desire to produce quality all ages drum n bass events are present.

    Dedicated and hard working, relentless even, their last event at The Opera House definitely proved that the younger generation is hungry for bass. The follow up is even bigger, and regardless of what age you are, we highly recommend checking out the cultivating grounds of Toronto's next batch of music fans and artists.

    With a stacked lineup of both local and international talent, all well deserved of a big stage, long weekend Sunday April 20th is the date, Opera House is the spot.

    Legendary Mickey Finn, alongside Shabba D, Skibbadee, Sicknote, Marcus Visionary, Gremlinz, NC-17, Lush, Code Red and many many more. A full night of relentless Drum n Bass served up proper.

    For the details, hit up DnB Federation on the book, see you on the dancefloor.
    Published on 04-05-2014 09:03 PM

    If you are from Toronto, and have been into "raving" or Jungle or Drum & Bass at any point over the last 23 years than you are no doubt at the very least aware of the name Marcus Visionary.
    Widely regarded as the "General" by his close friends for his long standing status as the ever present authority presiding over not just the Jungle, Drum & Bass scene but also many of the various "Bass Music" off shoots that have sprung from Jungle's sphere of influence over the years.

    Marcus's respect level from other artist's and DJ's across all of electronic music in this city is unprecedented, many often citing that although they may be known for House or Techno for example, their own personal histories and musical upbringing almost always involve stories of listening to Marcus spin at any of the innumerable raves he has appeared at or catching him on his radio show.

    Yet through it all Marcus has always maintained a humble, approachable manner to himself, which in a city notorious for overlooking It's own home spun talents does not always allow for ones accomplishments on a larger scale outside our locale to be fully recognized, or even properly appreciated. Take any number of the Toronto born producers and DJ's, across the electronic spectrum, currently residing or touring primarily abroad as an example of this. Arguing the causes or cures for this ongoing dilemma is not what we are here for today however because the first step in exposing the impact that any artist is making across music on a global scale is to first simply talk about it, and second to be proud of it.

    On April 7 Marcus Visionary will (quietly by EDM/talent agency/PR standards) be releasing his fourth full length artist album, this time of all original Ragga Jungle on UK Dancehall and Dub impresario Curtis Lynch's highly respected Necessary Bass label. No samples, all original legal artist collabs and remixes featuring a who's who of classic and modern dancehall and roots artist's featuring: Busy Signal & Million Styles, Cutty Ranks, Dready, Gregory Isaacs, Macka B, Mr. Williamz, NY & Sizzla, Tippa Irie and Papa Levy.

    We caught up with Marcus in between never ending studio sessions working on new material to touch base with him about the project.

    First off much respect on the album, four albums deep for any artist is a major achievement. The fact that this project is being released via Necessary Mayhem makes it all the more special. The imprint is a behemoth in British Dancehall and Reggae, sort of like the contemporary version of Greensleaves. How did the hook up with Curtis Lynch and his brand come about?

    Thanks. Although I feel like I haven't achieved anything close to where I want to be production wise. There's always so much to learn! I'm excited about this LP as I have so much respect for Curtis Lynch and what he has achieved with Necessary Mayhem.
    I met Curtis through Benny Page (Digital Soundboy, High Culture) When I was on tour in the U.K. Benny had already completed two remixes for Curtis so I was aware of Necessary Mayhem from that work. Knowing how much I love remixing reggae and dancehall Benny put in a call for me and made the introduction. I familiarized myself with the Necessary Mayhem website and realized how massive the catalogue actually is. Since then Curtis and I have linked up on my last two tours to the U.K and he's made me feel like family.

    What's most impressive about this release is the artists that you are working with. There is no sampling at all on this album, all the vocals are 100 percent legal artist collaborations all voiced specifically for the project. Tell us about the features.

    That's definitely the highlight for me. In 94 when Greensleeves was releasing legal Jungle material I knew that I wanted to go in that direction. It's much more gratifying knowing that the artists are being paid for their work as well as getting the right exposure. That was the highlight with my first full length LP 'Humble'(Liondub International). Liondub and I had made the conscious decision to work, feature and pay the artists for their material. This might sound like common sense to most people but Jungle like hip hop has always been known for cheeky sampling. I was spoiled on this LP. Definitely an honor to have an opportunity to remix; Mr. Williamz, Cutty Ranks, Macka B, Ny & Sizla, Busy Signal, Million Stylz, Gregory Isaacs, Shola Ama, Tippa Irie, Dready and Papa Levy.

    You have worked with a veritable "who's who" of Dancehall, Roots and Reggae artist's thus far in your career. Who have been some of the highlights for you and who would you love to work with that you haven't had the opportunity to work with yet?

    Some of my favorites so far: Johnny Osbourne, Mr. Williamz, Sugar Minott, Jah Cure, Bunny General, Jah Dan, Freddie McGregor, Ranking Joe, Chino McGregor, Mighty Diamonds, Mykol Rose, Luciano, Tippa Irie, Top Cat, David Boomah, Tenor Fly, Gregory Isaacs.. I could go on all day! As for people that I would love to remix or work with: Sanchez, Beres Hammond, Stylo G, Flow Dan, Bitty Mclean & on the soul side one of my living idols Bobby Womack.

    For people in Toronto anyway your career as a DJ has been widely documented and recognized, but as a producer now your discography spans well over ten years and is in excess of over 100 releases deep. Any specific tracks or labels that you have released on that stand out in your mind as highlights or turning points in either your growth as an artist or in how they impacted your overall career?

    When I think of highlights I would definitely have to say 'Gimme your Love' on DSB. Also 'Ruling Sound' which was the flip to Shy FX & T Powers 'Feelings'. After that 'Number 9 Dub' on Marcus Intalex's Revolvr , and I'm really proud to have had a single on Doc Scotts 31 imprint. Those singles marked the real start of my production career.

    After that I would say the 'Humble' LP and also my 'Carib' double album which stayed at #1 on Juno for 6 weeks. "Humble" really let people know that I was taking the reggae/ragga jungle sound seriously and "Carib" let people know that I was capable of producing something other than Jungle. I honestly feel that my best work is still to come. Health prevail

    You still essentially live in the studio, constantly making music. After all these years what keeps you motivated?

    Love for music keeps me in the studio. Making music is also my therapy. I don't have kids yet so making music is the legacy that I'm going to leave behind. I'm still on a journey to create music that I can be proud of.

    You are best known as a producer for your Ragga Jungle output, and obviously this album project only furthers that body of work, But just as you are known as a DJ to play all styles of Drum & Bass and other tempos of Bass music your production also follows this eclectic mix. Tracks like "Cold Sound- Blue Note mix" and "Dubwizer" off of your latest Inner City Dance EP, or your remix of Gremlinz & Friske's "Your Luv" are perfect examples of your varied production within Jungle. Your Carib LP on Lion Dub was widely regarded as a landmark body of work with in the 140 bpm realm a few years ago also. Tell us about your influences and motivations for making different styles.

    I've grown up experiencing the birth of hip hop and before that my Dad was heavily into Funk & Soul. My family is West Indian so Soca, Reggae & Dancehall is like food. Growing up in the 80's I simply progressed with all of the current trends. From Funk/Electro/Hip hop to House to Techno to Hardcore & Jungle. A lot of people seem to think that you can only dedicate yourself to one form of music. I wouldn't be able to function without exploring multiple genres of music. It's the Soul, Funk, Dub, Techno and House that influence all of the music that I make.

    Word on the street is that you also operate under a variety of aliases both in Drum & Bass and at other tempos. Care to elaborate on some of your more shadowy guise's?

    I do have quite a few alias that help me create other genres without judgment from my fan base/peers. That's about as much as you're going to get!

    LOL, Ok we understand, top secret! What's next on the table for you over the months to come release wise, DJ wise, Label wise ect?

    Release wise I have 4 singles forthcoming on Liondub International; Ranking Joe, Jah Cure, Daddy Freddy & a Humble Remix E.P. I have a DnB single on Inner City Dance: Cosmic Force & Feel this Way. I've completed a remix project with Canada's reggae ambassador; Dubmatix feat. Mykol Rose, Tenor Fly, Mighty Diamonds & Tippa Irie forthcoming on Inner City. I also have a remix for MC Fox on Irish Moss. Some remixes for Benny Pages 'High Culture' imprint as well as a Mr. Williamz remix for the Chopstick family. As for DJing in addition to regular Toronto shows I'll be going on a US tour in May and I will be spending all of August and September doing dates in Europe and the UK.

    Look forward! Any last words? Shouts? Rants? ect, The soap box is open.

    Watch out for 'Bump' 004 coming on Friday April 18th inside Tota if your into U.K Garage, Deep House, Afro Beat. I'm also planning a 22 year anniversary since I threw my first Jungle event 'Lost in the Jungle'(92). It will be called 'Return to the Jungle' featuring some of my favorite Toronto Dj's and MC's.. Big thanks to everyone that continues to support me from the scene!

    Marcus Visionary's "Computer LP" arrives today, April 7th via Necessary Bass.
    Published on 02-24-2014 11:15 PM

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The days begin to get a bit longer, and the weather a little warmer. It is still -6 degrees outside but for us Canadians we might as well be in shorts.

    The months between November to March seem to be dedicated to raver hibernation. We all stay locked in our condo’s through the cold winter, listening to mixes, downloading all the new tracks that our favourite producers have been working during their own studio hibernation, and we eagerly begin to look forward to the spring when the touring kicks off and we get to hear our new favourites live!

    The Destiny family has been laying low through the winter not out of fear of the cold but in preparation for what is easily on the greatest weeks of the year… BASS WEEK. Heading into our 4th consecutive year, Bass Week has become the destination for all the bass heads in Toronto and beyond.

    With revelers traveling across the country and even from the US, Bass Week has become one of the biggest parties of the year in terms of Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Breaks and beyond. Past guests to Bass Week have included High Contrast, Netsky, Delta Heavy, Toddla T, Mystical Influence, Ed Rush and Optical, Grooverider and many many more, including a stacked group of local talent.

    One of the aspects most loved about Bass Week is that we have been able to maintain a set group of nights, that way you all have at least some idea of what to expect. Since the first year we have always offered Projek: Hospitality one night and Projek: Ram on another – bringing two of the most powerful record labels in Drum and Bass to two separate parties. These two events have become THE parties of Bass Week and are easily the most anticipated and attended. We have always offered other events throughout the week as well.

    Once upon a time we used to pair with the late Bassmentality *RIP* and throw down hard inside Wrong Bar and we have also thrown events with our partners in crime, Embrace, to throw events at The Hoxton such as Dillon Francis last year. This year we are sticking to our roots and are of course bringing back the Hospitality and Ram nights. However to change things up a bit, instead of having the nights back to back they are spread out on separate weekends with a week full of events in between.

    Friday March 21st: Projek Hospitality

    Saturday March 22nd: Projek: Circus

    Friday March 28th: Projek: World of Drum and Bass

    Saturday March 29th: Projek: Ram

    Projek Hospitality:

    Hospitality. Always a personal favourite of mine. This night will be happening on March 21st at Toronto’s Sound Academy. This year the Hospitality tour is featuring: S.P.Y, Danny Byrd and Fred V & Grafix with the support from Dynamite MC as well as Toronto’s own Marcus Visionary and DJ Lush. Riding high on the release of the compilation ‘We Are 18′ from Hospital Records in celebration of their 18th Birthday, the Hospital fam has a huge collection of new releases and remixes that they are going to unleash on us inside Sound Academy. Fred V & Grafix are preparing to launch their new album so we can expect heaps of new goodies from this talented duo.

    Projek: Circus

    Making a stop in Toronto as part of their ‘Grand Central Tour’ Circus Records are going to bring the grime with the labels main man, Doctor P alongside the crude and talented Cookie Monsta and the newly acquired Mizuki. Toronto’s Hydee will also be there to support. Doctor P has played as part of Bass Week before (2012) and Cookie Monsta was in the city last fall, but could this tour bring the united revival of Dubstep to Toronto? We can hope. This night is going to be a sweaty, grimey, wobbly night and will be happening Saturday March 22nd at one of Toronto’s newest concert venues, Adelaide Hall.

    Projek: World of Drum and Bass

    One of the worlds most notorious Drum and Bass tours will be touching down at Product Nightclub on Friday March 28th as part of the World of Drum and Bass’ North American Tour. The line up this year is absolutely ridiculous and is guaranteed to be an absolute roadblock. DJ SS, Bailey, Mampi Swift and Greenlaw will be bringing the skills that only true veterans of the scene have and with local talent such as Mr. Brown, Everfresh and Rick Toxic there as support we know this night will be one for the books.

    Projek: Ram

    Ah, Ram Records. Always THE BEST night of Bass Week. This year this magnificent night will the finale to what is sure to be a week to remember. This year the Ram Records tour will be coming to Sound Academy on March 29th. With it? Toronto’s own contribution to the Ram Records camp, Rene LaVice. Wilkinson will be making his return to Toronto and following on the heat from his recently released debut album: Lazers Not Included. This man is on absolute fire and his single ‘Afterglow’ has skyrocketed this dude to international mainstream fame. An all time favourite to Toronto Loadstar is back after their appearance at last years Bass Week and with the success of their debut album, Future Perfect, we can be certain to hear all their famous anthems and a kick ass selection of new dubs. Last but not least we have that dude, that is kind of like.. the greatest DJ in all of Drum and Bass. The Executioner himself, Andy C. After keeping us waiting for far too long, he finally released his latest Nightlife installment, Nightlife Six where he showcases his favourite tracks and debuts three new mixes. Andy C is no stranger to Destiny Events and we always love having him out so we can expect nothing but the best when he throws down inside Sound Academy on the 29th of March.


    The BEST way to attend Bass Week is by purchasing a wristband which are available online HERE. The current cost for a Bass Week Wrist Band is $116 incl. service fees. This cost if you go to each of the four shows brings the total cost to under $30 a show. This is HIGHLY recommended as once individual tickets become available they will be more than this cost and are also subject to availability. Meaning, if we sell enough wrist bands that will make an event sold out, individual tickets will not be available so act fast before they sell out or the price goes up.

    All BASS WEEK info is available through our Facebook Page as well as through each events embedded links above.

    All events are 19+.

    - See more at: http://destinyevents.ca/blog/bass-we....NztglJAS.dpuf
    Published on 02-16-2014 08:21 PM

    Toronto's hardest working tune hustler and all around nice guy steps into the DJ mag offices to chat about Toronto, music, food and a few other bits (we approve of the million dollar answer)

    Check out the full article here from our friends at DJ Mag, and keep an ear to the ground for some events in the Spring and Summer featuring Mr. Brown as the DJ and Curator.