Kassandra Mitchell, Contributor Ω
Electronic dance music (EDM) producers Torro Torro took to Cactus Jacks this past Valentine’s Day, romancing the crowd with their unique version of house, contemporary and hip-hop infused party music.
Special guests Nouveau and The Hunter opened the evening for the Toronto-based headliners, priming the crowd with well-known EDM favorites. The dance floor was crammed with holiday couples and excitable singles, all eager to hear the music that makes Torro Torro so distinct.
Cactus Jacks, a favourite amongst Kamloops party-goers, is always guaranteed to have ramped-up dance music shaking the speakers. This night was no exception. But when Torro Torro finally took to the decks, the grooves doing the speaker shaking were of a particularly fresh variety.
The highlight of the evening was when the pair dropped their new remix of Zedd’s “Clarity” which was released on Beatport just days before the performance. A track that’s already been remixed by dozens of DJ’s, including the likes of Funkagenda, Vicetone and house legend Tiesto, Torro Torro’s version ramped up the familiar bass line with their own techy twist.
The pair’s distinctive sound gives credit to their home city’s musical heritage. Not only has Ontario’s capital city manufactured one of the most successful rappers currently in the hip-hop scene (Drake), it’s also given rise to two of EDM’s top players, techno favorites Crystal Castles and the notoriously outspoken dance master himself, Deadmau5.
With originals like “Knockin Boots” and their timely remix of Diplo and Dillon Francis’s “Que Que,” Torro Torro’s originality speaks to their Toronto origins, hopefully bringing them further success.
Overall the evening appeared to be enjoyed by all in attendance. Whether it was couples getting low on the dance floor or singles joining singles in rhythmic dance moves, the energy was felt. And it wasn’t just the night’s entertainment feeling the adoration either.
Founded in Kamloops, B.C., Cactus Jacks in-house booking agent and promoter, C N Lynch Productions, celebrated its two-year operating anniversary with the evening’s performance.
Chris Lynch, a TRU alumni, has been responsible for bringing a variety of talent through the doors of Cactus Jacks, helping to cultivate Kamloops’s developing dance and hip-hop music scene. In the past few months, C N Lynch Productions has helped organize a number of shows, including performances by the likes of Dada Life, Dragonette and Xzibit.
In the end, whether it was Torro Torro fanatics, singles looking for love on the romance-infused day or friends and fans celebrating C N Lynch’s second anniversary, the duos bass-riddled tracks and funky fresh vibes left everyone happy.