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The Real Team Canada

Posted by Goran / May 27, 2008

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I’d like to start by kindly asking the millions of readers to completely disregard my last Team Canada/Blue Dog post. That piece was totally bogus. It has taken me a while to assemble enough material to rectify my past inaccuracies. What I mean is: these Team Canada dudes are mad busy and can be tricky to catch up with. I finally had the pleasure of chatting with Aaron (a.k.a. DJ Grandtheft) and Raph (a.k.a. D.R. One) at one of their Banana Split Sundaes this past Sunday (obviously).

These guys have a pretty sweet gig going on; traveling the world and making people dance while running their own hoppin’ bar in Montreal. Things are going very well for Team Canada these days. I found them in high spirits on Sunday night. The two professionals are highly dedicated to their craft and they take their work pretty seriously. “I’ve been spinning since I was 13 years old. I consider it my job,” remarked Raph in a very positive tone as we chilled on Blue Dog’s bit of St. Laurent sidewalk space.

Their spirits are high for all good reasons. The Blue Dog is pumpin’. It’s pulling sizeable crowds of dancing party people on a nightly basis. The boys are capitalizing on the connections they’ve made through the DJ circuit. “Our LA manager has put together a team of some pretty sick DJ’s,” mentioned Aaron minutes before the Phoenix-based DJ Fashen popped out of a cab to join us on the St. Laurent sidewalk. He was happy to be spinning a party for his teammates in Montreal and proceeded to put on a solid set later on in the evening. The bar filled up and the crowd was bouncing.

“A DJ’s job is to make people dance and that means playing to the crowd,” replied Raph as I tried to guide him into revealing the next hot club sound. Team Canada DJ’s refuse to label themselves. They just want to play good music that gets feet moving and hips swaying. Raph brought up that, “everyone expected us to do mash-ups all night after we put out a couple of good mash-up discs, but that’s not what we’re all about.”

Although they design some of the dopest mash-ups out there, Team Canada regularly spews a tightly mixed mélange of hip-hop, house, techo, electro, 80’s, 90’s, club hits and just about any other dancy styles one can imagine. Their versatility is reflected in the diversity of sound that can be heard at the Blue Dog these days: “every night brings a different DJ and a different crowd,” observed Aaron. The spot is definitely worth checking out.

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They were in town only for a few nights having just returned from their first European tour that took them through Scandinavia, the UK, France and Poland. And they're already set to take off on their regular North American circuit of US and Canadian clubs. This trip will provide the Team with their first opportunity to get some booties shaking in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Both DJ's admitted to having a blast with their regular Banana Split parties at Hollywood's LAX Nigh Club. “It’s great the way they treat you in LA” was Aaron’s description of the California-style amenities, such as limos, five-star hotels, and fancy restaurants that routinely await them on the west coast. But he also had to admit that, “the parties are better in Canada. Hollywood is all about fashion, flossin’, and bottle services. In Canada, people come out just to have a good time.” Team Canada finds Canadian club goers to be more open to various styles of music. “In the US they need to hear songs they know, that they can sing along to,” added Raph.

Their first European tour also turned out to be a great success. Both DJ’s seemed particularly fond of their performances in Helsinki and London. Each party attracted a packed house of Euro club kids that, according to the Team’s promoter Jesper, “started asking for autographs, pictures and of course wanted to hear ‘Ring Of Fire’” (one of the duo’s more well-known mash-ups). Team Canada is seriously attracting attention around the globe. They even take frequent trips to Asia spinning parties in Shanghai and Taipei. .

But the Team is always happy to be back in Canada. Raph finds Montreal to be an ideal place to develop and refine one’s art. “The cost of living here is still very low so artists have more time with their art without having to worry as much about paying the bills.” Although I'm very grateful for our town's relative cheapness, I do suspect that there's more to Team Canada's success than just Montreal's unnaturally low consumer price index.

Photos from Flickr user Jazmin$Million

Discussion

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O / May 29, 2008 at 04:43 pm
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So who were those imposters we saw the first time around? Great review, G...we'll have to hit them up in the fall.
G / June 1, 2008 at 04:01 pm
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I think they were the dudes that got fired from the weekly gig at the Lodge for playing too much 50 cent.
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