Photos thanks to THE SUPERMANIK
The start of the Mad Decent Block Party 2012 season launched with our first international stop ever in Toronto, Canada! With a one of the craziest locations we’ve every thrown a party at, Yonge Dundas Square (a mini Times Square), the Mad Decent Windy Guy ready to fly, and a stacked lineup featuring Grandtheft, Smalltown DJs, A Tribe Called Red, Riton, Jacques Greene, BADBADNOTGOOD, Nadastrom, and hometown heroes ZEDS DEAD, we kicked off the season with a bang.
A huge thanks to our sponsors Puma, Red Bull, PBR, 42 Below, Sony Playstation, WKD, SPIN, and Scion for letting us keep the festivities free and fun for all ages, and of course all the fans that showed up to make the day amazing.
(Official Mad Decent recap video coming soon!)
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Local DJ/Producer Grandtheft had the honor of starting off the 2012 season with a perfect opening set featuring everyones favorite moombahton and party starters.
Smalltown DJs were next and came out with the biggest surprise of the day, a team of amazing dancers that hyped the crowd into a frenzy and worked a sweat on stage all day!
Keeping it strictly Canadian producers at the beginning of the day next on was Ottawas own A Tribe Called Red! We were so stoked to finally get them on a Mad Decent party after Diplo brought them into the spotlight two years ago. They did not disappoint dropping their Aboriginal infused moombahton/electro/dubstep bangers to a crowd that was growing by the minute.
French producer Riton was next on the bill and whipped the crowd into a frenzy dropping french house and techno with ease.
As the heat of the afternoon hit critical levels, UK Bass producer Jacques Greene took the stage chilling out the crowd with his signature smooth RnB house music.
The wildcard and standout act of the day definitely went to BADBADNOTGOOD. With their jazz cover of Kanye’s Mercy and an out of nowhere rendition of TNGHT’s Bugg’n, BADBADNOTGOOD destroyed the stage and presented something new and refreshing to the EDM crowd. Also bonus points for the Lion Mascot running around and crowd surfing.
Things really started to get crazy once party starters Nadastrom took to the stage playing an extended set that covered what seemed like every genre of dance music imaginable. You can never go wrong with these two as they check off another unforgettable block party performance in Toronto.
As soon as the sun went down it was time for ZEDS DEAD to play to a roaring hometown crowd heard across Toronto. With Z’s in the air ZEDS DEAD stormed through their hits ending with a crowd chanting every word to Eyes On Fire.
Overall an amazing first stop in Toronto and start to the block party season! Look out for Philly and New York recaps soon followed by official Mad Decent recap videos. Best of crowd shots below.