By Kaivan Adjedani, Senior Editor. When the sun has set and night has fallen over the Toronto Islands, the party moves to Coda Nightclub where the now notorious after party takes place. It is where artists from Electric Island have gone on to throw down some of the best sets ever heard in the city (ex. Tale Of Us after party), and has become a staple event associated with the summer concert series itself. This year’s special guest turned out to be none other than Toronto act Art Department, who had reunited with Toronto earlier for the first time as a solo entity. Not only did Jonny White meet and surpass all expectations performing as Art Department that night, but he also set a standard for Toronto that quite honestly speaking, may be impossible to ever meet again.
Under normal circumstances the night would have transpired as follows; Wonka playing an opening set, DJ Three following, and Art Department playing close. Jonny White had different plans however, instead flipping Coda upside down on it’s head and turning the revered Toronto nightclub into his own personal playground.
After both delivering flawless sets on their own, Art Department and DJ Three jumped on the decks together and decided to treat Toronto to the infamous “back to back” set. While it’s already rare enough for Toronto to experience two world renowned DJ’s playing at the same time, the cohesion in Art Department and DJ Three’s sounds made this night seem as if it were booked by a panel of the industry’s greatest minds. The performance was an example of what happens when you perfectly pair two brilliant minds to play beside one another. The two powerhouses delivered fluid musical transitions of some of the best tracks to ever play through a speaker system, spinning as if they had toured with one another their entire careers.
Yet even with such an iconic night in the making, White was still not finished with Toronto. A swarm of producers flooded the booth as the likes of Green Velvet, The Junkies, and Nathan Barato all joined in to throw tunes into the legendary mix taking place. It was as if the event were a closing party in Ibiza, but instead taking place for the intimate Coda nightclub. Surely, it was something Toronto will never experience again.
As the night came to a close, one thing became certain; Jonny White did not play Coda on August 3rd as Art Department, he left his mark on it. The Art Department set will be hanging over the head of every act to now enter the club, unfortunately being a heavy burden to carry as few will be able to put on the same caliber show. Ending the night dancing and singing to a remix of Chaka Khan‘s “Ain’t Nobody”, Art Department left on a metaphor – ain’t nobody going to make us feel this way any time soon Jonny.