What: SnowBash DJ series
When: Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24
Where: Garfinkel's, Moe Joe's, Savage Beagle, Tommy Africa's
Cost: $10 to $20, $40 for all shows
If there wasn't already enough on the partygoers' agenda with official Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival events, it looks like there's a whole host of opportunities to check out some amazing DJ talents at private clubs around town, as well.
Jordan Goodman is the owner/operator of Toronto-based Clear World Productions. They produce tours like the annual MTV Lovefest Tour, which takes place in September and October, and now, they're organizing a "world class" DJ series event just for Whistler, dubbed SnowBash.
"We organize concert tours and do events during those times where there are other high-profile events across the country," Goodman explained.
The series, which Goodman hopes will become an annual event, is being held during the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival, effectively piggybacking on the massive event and showcasing an international lineup of DJs, including Steve Aoki, who headlines at Garfinkel's on Monday, April 20, Dopey and Hedspin, who team up for a show at Moe Joe's the following evening, the Aussie mash-up master, Nick Thayer, who returns to the Savage Beagle on Wednesday, April 22, and Sydney Blu rounding off the lineup at Tommy Africa's on Friday, April 24.
"We wanted to bring a diverse lineup of artists that can cater to all of the skiers, snowboarders and festival goers," he explained. "...We wanted to have a diverse roster of artists so we could hit all of the genres of music that the younger generation like."
Tickets are $20 for the headlining show with Steve Aoki, and $10 for the remaining three performances, but you can score a pass to all four shows for just $40 at www.clubzone.com .
One of the artists on-board for SnowBash is Jon Ryan Santiago, though he's better known on the DJ circuit as Dopey.
He was introduced to the craft at the age of 13 while growing up in Toronto, after he started watching movies like " Juice " and hip hop documentaries with his older brother.
"I think really for me, I was always listening to a lot of the radio shows, like mastermind, out here, and there was a good little scene here in the early, mid-90s," he recalled. "...It kind of just really intrigued me on how these cats would be doing live remixes and even just the raw battle and the feeling that it had."
After going to see the DMC championships in 1996, he was inspired to get up on stage and join the battle scene.