Friday the 11th of July, Maison Mercer opened its doors to Toronto trance family and we were not disappointed. Vibrations threw another successful trance party to add to its ever growing collection.
The night started out well with Kris Morton on opening duties. Unfortunately I did not arrive early enough and missed this talented gentleman’s set. I was told that the set was progressive, melodic and groovy and was a great warmup for the madness that was to come.
After Kris finished it was Saad Ayub’s turn to show Toronto some of what he’s been working on lately. He had previously polled his supporters on Facebook, asking which trance genre they would like to see him play. The overwhelming majority chose psy trance, and so on this night Saad delivered the psy trance. About one and a half hours passed as 140 bpms of hard fast pulsating psy boomed around the club. The club was now filled and the energy had noticeably lifted to the roof. Some highlight tracks were Eminem – Lose Yourself (Eddie Bitar Psy Rework) and the ever popular Sneijder remix of Ben Gold’s classic, Fall with Me.
Mr. Van Deynhoven started off the night with possibly his most recognizable current track, none other than his winning ASOT 650 Anthem entry, New Horizons. The next few tracks were a few of the big room popular ones that have been getting a lot of airplay on ASOT and Armada, tracks like Marlo’s Visions, and Armin and Rayel’s EIFORYA. Then one of the tracks I had been dying to hear live for ages came on. Jorn Van Deynhoven’s 2012 hit Headliner. This track placed in the top 2012’s edition of the ASOT Top 20 countdown.
Progressively through the night JVD took things from a slower more proggy sound to a godly uplifting one. One of the best things about this set, was the recognisability of the tracks he played. It made for a lot of sing-alongs and collective crowd feels, as well as some time dancing. To many hits to name were dropped on the eager crowd, including Black Hole (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix), Concrete Angel (JOC Remix), Susana – Home (Daniel Kandi remix), as well as a cheeky mashup of Never Cry Again (Jorn Remix Melody) mashed with all time trance hit from Above & Beyond –Satellite. This one really did the damage and the crowd could not stop cheering. Around 2 a.m. Jorn dropped another classic, Cosmic Gate’s Expoloration of Space. He really did not let up and towards the end some true banging uplifting trance was played.
When Jorn finally finished with his encore track, possibly the biggest trance song of all time, Silence by Delirium and Tiësto, around 3:30, the crowd had truly been taken on a trance journey. I struggle to think of a set where I’d heard so many favourite tracks, and this made this set very special and unique in that way. This was Jorn Van Deynhoven’s debut in Toronto, and the Dutchman certainly set the bar incredibly high for himself. This truly was a special night and I know I speak for many when I say I can’t wait till the next installment by Vibrations.
Rory Harrison – EDM TOR