This spring has been an interesting one for Trance music in our city of Toronto, and for those of us who enjoy a more classic and uplifting sound, the name on everyone’s lips has got to be Trance Sessions. This spring alone they have brought several headliners to bless us with Trance’s more melodic subgenre, including an awesome triple header back in April. Fast forward to May and the anticipation for another uplifting maestro, Dan Stone, another Toronto debutante no less, was palpable.
On Saturday, May 13th, 2017, the day arrived and around 10PM, with the sky overcast and already dark, the doors of Populus opened once again for the uplifting crowd, like it had so many times before albeit formerly as Toika. We were treated to an unprecedented back-to-back set from local Trance prodigy Brian Longmire and his over-the-border amigo, M45.
For those fortunate few who made it in early enough to catch it, the dynamic duo opened with a slow sultry progressive number by Michael Gin & Dan Robinson called Running With Butterflies. An appropriate intro track title, since that’s what listening to these guys feels like. An early crowd favourite was definitely The Vision by Rise And Fall. Slowly but surely, Brian and Nick began to up the tempo with a very groovy progressive first hour during which we heard Dosem – Runnerpark (Jeremy Olander remix).
These two fresh-faced trance DJ’s continued their on-deck, off-deck bromance by relentlessly and seamlessly mixing in some melodic progressive goodness. Lucky for those who missed out, Brian and Nick’s B2B opening set was recorded and is featured on Trance Sessions new Radio show, Trance Sessions Radio (TSR) – listen to it now!
Around midnight Dan Stone entered the DJ booth to a very welcoming cheer from the crowd. The time had come to spread our wings while Dan Stone started us off on a four hour journey, diving straight into the Uplifting Trance genre. The atmosphere was electric. Dan was in fine form early on playing a mashup of a crowd favourite, Above and Beyond’s We’re All We Need with Roman Messer’s Closer made by Ben Gold.
What a night for Trance Sessions and the Toronto Trance Family! If you want to see more, go check out the photo album by our Manager Adele on our Facebook page. Summer is almost upon us; I can’t wait to see what Trance Sessions has planned next! See you on the dance floor very soon.
Rory Harrison – EDM TOR