The Danforth Music Hall was left shaking this past weekend when Tchami touched down on his Prophecy tour. February 25th was most anticipated by future house fans around the province, coming from all ends to see this legendary dance music pastor put on his service. With incredible visuals and his long-awaited cathedral, Tchami put on a show that left fans dancing all night.
With the late announcement of Oliver Heldens as INK’s headliner for their annual Family Day event, Toronto had a crazy week of thumping baselines in store. While Heldens has been a Toronto regular over the last few years, a visit from Tchami is always a treat. The future-house pastor last played in Toronto during the second day of Bestival 2016 (unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to witness that set), giving the city a taste of his cathedral walls. From the ringing of the church bells to the decked out priest outfit – Tchami came in full force ready to preach about dance music.
Not wanting to be the only star of the show, Tchami brought along his Parisian sidekick and fellow member of Pardon My French, Mercer, to the Toronto show to get the crowd warmed up for the rest of the night. With little visuals and pyrotechnics, Mercer was able to capture the crowd’s attention with infectious bouncy energy by dropping some of his largest hits like ‘Encore’, and nearly ending off with a bass-boosted version of ‘Wanted’. Repping his country in a jacket of white, blue and red, Mercer set the tone for the night.
Tchami’s set only went from 9pm-11pm, which is oddly early for a dance music event in Toronto however due to recent closures of concert venues in Toronto, Danforth must have been the best choice in terms of capacity and standing space. No complaints about Danforth as it is a lovely venue if you have GA tickets (I pity those who attempted to shuffle in balcony). The floor has a slight slant to it leaning towards the stage so whether you were sober or had a drink in your hand, your balance might’ve been slightly off.
Tchami came on stage to roaring sound of fans cheering, awaiting his entrance and eager for church to start. At this point was full enough so there was no empty space in the crowd, but spacious enough so you could find your own little circle to dance. Shout out to Toronto Rockers Union at the front-left side, respects to your crew for keeping the shuffling scene alive in Toronto! Keeping his set versatile with original tracks and remixes, one of my favourite moments was when the opening notes to ‘Move Your Body’ started playing; the crowd went nuts and no one was found to be standing still.
Besides playing his original songs and remixes, Tchami busted out some of my recent favourites like Joyryde’s ‘Hot Drum’, and Chris Lake’s ‘Operator (Ring Ring)’, two different tracks that have a chunky beat and a catchy hook.
For those who felt that the night ended too early, the official after party took place at Maison Mercer (tickets sold from $20-35, super cheap for a Tchami club set) and went until 3:00am. Tchami played over four hours in Toronto from the main event and after party, showing his fans how much he loves his career and the fans that come out to see him.