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Boogie and blade on Toronto’s favorite outdoor rink

Harbourfront Centre's DJ Skate Nights return for the 2009/2010 winter season!

TORONTO, ON (Nov. 24, 2009) – Winter nights just got a lot cooler with the return of the popular DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel® Rink. Voted by the Toronto Star as one of 175 Reasons to Love Toronto, DJ Skate Nights run every Saturday night from Dec. 5 to Feb. 13 (except Boxing Day) and feature a new set of mix-masters spinning hip hop, reggae and dub, disco, swing, deep house and more.

The first of 10 DJ Skate Nights kicks off with the Gang of Two: DJ Andycapp and Rod Skimmins (Bang the Party) presenting a night of electronic, disco-house and dub. The fun continues throughout December and January with more of Toronto’s most dynamic turntablists including Goin’ Steady DJs, Promise DJs, Nocturnal DJs and a unique live-set with mini-piano, synth and computer from John Kameel Farah.

February features a special celebration of Black History Month at Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba festival. On Feb. 6, as DJs Carl Allen and Kwame Younge spin soul, funk, house and reggae to entice your ears and get your feet moving. DJ Skate Nights sessions end with a bang on Feb.13, when the Cherry Bomb DJsCozmic Cat and Denise Benson drop the bomb on the Natrel® Rink with their high-energy mash-up of house and electro mixes.

DJ Skate Nights are from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
All ages are welcome to participate in these FREE events!

The Natrel® Rink is located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto and will remain open through March Break (weather permitting). Hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Skate and helmet rentals, sharpening, change rooms and locker services are available. For information the public can call 416-973-4866 or visit

DJ Skate Nights Listings

Disco Ain’t Dead Yet
DJ Andrew Allsgood & Gang of Two: Andycapp & (Todd) Rod Skimmins
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
The ice rink becomes your dance floor with a sizzling mix of electronica, disco-house and dub, spun by three of Toronto’s best body-rocking, beat-dropping DJs.

Panda’s Skating Party
DJ Ulysses Castellanos
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
Boogie down to the captivating beats of house and funk spun exclusively by Panda, one of DJ Ulysses’ many alter-egos.

Shuffle, Bump and Glide
DJ Adam Marshall & DJ Terence Kissner
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
DJ Adam Marshall arrives from Berlin, Germany to bring you a night of fine-tuned house grooves. Later that evening, Terence Kissner, one of Toronto’s most renowned DJs, has participants spinning figure-eights on the ice to an electrifying blend of dance music.

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John Kameel Farah & DJ Eric Downer
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
New to the DJ Skate Nights series is a live-set performed by John Kameel Farah with mini-piano, synth and computer, followed by DJ Eric Downer bringing his distinctive mix of techno, ambient and experimental music to the ice.

Goin’ Steady
DJ Matt Cully & DJ Louis Calabro
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
The Goin’ Steady dance party hits the ice! Toronto’s crowd-pleasing ‘50s and ‘60s-themed dance craze will have you doo-woppin’, jumpin’ and jivin’ to the music of the “good ol’ days.”

DJ Andy Reid, DJ Simon Jain & DJ YUG. Co-presented by 44th and Filth.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
Your skates are your newest dancing attire at this unforgettable night of house music. Venture outside and experience a luxurious mix of house music from some of Toronto’s best DJs.

DJ Irving Shaw & DJ David McLeod
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
A night of diverse, urban grooves featuring DJs Irving Shaw and David McLeod playing the finest in trip hop, dub reggae, house, retro, deep house and techno.

Hip Hop Ya’ Don’t Stop
DJ L’oqenz & The 2 Swift Household
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
Celebrated Toronto DJs L’oqenz and The 2 Swift Household will have you skillfully gliding across the ice and busting out your best moves to an incredible selection of hip hop and soul music.

(The Real) Soul on Ice – part of Kuumba
DJ Carl Allen & DJ Kwame Younge
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
DJs Carl Allen and Kwame Younge play the finest mix of high-energy soul, funk, house and reggae, transforming The Natrel® Rink into the coolest skating rink in Toronto.

Cherry Bomb – part of Kuumba
DJ Cozmic Cat & DJ Denise Benson
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Natrel® Rink- York Quay Centre
Back by popular demand, the dynamic Cherry Bomb DJs mix and mash-up an incredible selection of house, techno and electro party bangers that are guaranteed to heat up the winter night.


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