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Danny Howells @ Stereo/Montreal Review 5-19 to 5-21 2007
So my weekend in Montreal exceeded my expectations. I am so glad I went (I was indecisive and almost backed out to do the potential hassle returning home on Monday, since everyone else was coming back on Tuesday). But I am so glad I manned up and just went.
I left work a bit early on Friday and took the 3pm bus to Boston. My thought was I would arrive in Boston early, and have a nice evening with Mike, then get up on Saturday and head to Montreal. But, since the bus took 7 hours (we had a moron bus driver – he took 95 in horrendous traffic, then go lost, had to pull over, had no idea where to go and I had to direct him – that was interesting) I pretty much just got a bite to eat and went to bed. We got up early Saturday and were on the road to Montreal by around 9:30am with two other friends. Probably would have been easier and less time for me to just take the bus to Albany on Saturday and have meet Mike me there, but oh well, lol.
Made it up to Montreal from Boston in record time. Although it was cold and rainy in the states, as soon as we got into Canada it was 70-75 degrees and sunny (seriously!) What a nice surprise! It was absolutely beautiful. We got settled in our hotel (great 4 star hotel we scored for $66/night. We had about 6 rooms there!) and immediately went outside to enjoy the day. Mike and I stopped and each got a bottle of wine then took a nice, long walk to an Italian restaurant on Saint-Denis. I could not believe HOW nice out it was. We walked through all this beautiful little neighborhoods in Montreal, though a park, people-watched, it was awesome. Finally, we arrived at the restaurant. The street was lined with restaurants with people eating outside enjoying the nice day. I was so hungry (was saving myself all day for this meal). Mike had raved about this place for months, so I know it must be good. It was also nice because the area it was in was not really full of tourists. However, we sat down at 5pm and by 6pm there was a line wrapped around the block waiting for tables! I guess word travels and since it was a great, reasonably priced place that was BYOB. We were sat right away though at a great table facing the street with a cool breeze. It was BYOB so the waiter opened up our wine. Mike had a red and I had a white. Delicious! I ordered a Caesar salad and Mike ordered an appetizer that was some type of lightly fried breaded cheese – it was so good it melted in your mouth! For my entrée I got penne with vodka cause and Mike got this gnocchi gorgonzola dish. It was AMAZING. It was literally the BEST thing I had EVER tasted. I was in HEAVEN. It was in this rich crème sauce with the sense of gorgonzola and the gnocchi was very light and it just melted in your mouth. IT was the best meal I may have ever had. I am still thinking about it. Now, I finished my entire salad, had bread, at my entire dish, and ate half of Mike’s. I almost finished my entire bottle of wine. Obviously, food coma! I couldn’t help it though. Mike did well and didn’t overdue it. We had a really nice walk back and started our night.
We hung out with our crew and then headed to Main Hall for the diskho party with Tanner and Dimond from Boston, Mossa, and Jesse Rose. The venue was cool but it took a while for the party to get filled up. We saw more friends from Boston and Montreal. Matt and Tanner opened the night up well with solid beatz. Mossa went on and I just didn’t care for his hard style of techy music. I was so tired at that point, but wanted to say for Jesse Rose. Jesse played a solid set but nothing special. Finally got back around 3 but I couldn’t sleep even though I was so tired. That was SO ANNOYING. Didn’t sleep well at all.
Sunday – unfortunately, it wasn’t a nice day which sucked so we skipped pic nique. We just hung out all day with friends and walked around a bit. Drank some wine, ate at Celine Dion’s restaurant on St Catherine and just rested up for Howells. Met up with a few other friends from Boston staying at a different hotel then went over to Stereobar to see our friends warm up for Danny Howells. Was pretty beat, so left and then came back for the main event.
I insisted we get to Stereo right when it opens so I could avoid an issues getting in. I brought my bag to the club and checked it, as it seemed I needed to take the bus back, which left at 9;15am from two blocks from Stereo. So, I was ready and prepared. There was a long line when we arrived and Mike and I were able to get in first when they opened, on Danny’s list and walked right in which was nice. Danny was warming up well. We chatted with him for a bit then headed to the floor to listen to the opening tracks. The sound was awesome. It was just so crystal clear. Danny was in good spirits and played some really pretty tracks at first, then a bit of more melodic slower house beatz but then go right into it in his typical Montreal type set. It took some of our friends a while to get in but I was very impressed with how Stereo was run. Everyone was pleasant, it never got too crowded (they enforced a limited capacity rule) and there were no issues at all with anyone. It was a pleasant experience from start to finish. Danny went on at 2:30am and by around 4, he was banging it out. Hard, relentless house and some techno, a few classics and the crowd was dancing. There was only one time with a bit of a lull that picked up quickly. We saw a bunch of friends from Toronto, DC, and tons of Montreal peeps. It was a great time.
Around 7:00am I realized I would need to leave at 7:45am to get situated for the bus home to NY. I also realized that just wasn’t going to happen. I could NOT leave the party. It was too good. So….I sweet talked a two of my friends from Boston, Kristi and Matt, to drive me back to Albany on Monday. After a while, they agreed. I mean, how could you say no to me?! LOL! I was SO appreciative….it was so nice of them to go out of their way to do that for me. I was SO happy. So, I got to stay! I just knew that I was supposed to be there, at that party, and there was no way I could leave and miss the last several hours. From 8am-close was just absolutely fantastic music. Danny kept switching it up. The sound was perfect. The crowed was into it. I hadn’t heard music like that in a while, and it was something I needed to remind me why I loved it in the first place. I had almost forgotten. I was just genuinely happy. Everyone around was smiling. I danced my a$$ off. Around 11am or so, most of our friends left but it was a few of us in for the long haul. Danny went until 1pm when I could not move anymore. I was exhausted. I just stood there at the end taking it all in. He worked that room, he worked that system, and he worked that crowd. Very solid set. I was impressed. I definitely needed that. Danny delivered. The night ended on a very high note. I felt so lucky to be able to stay and experience it from start to finish. It was EPICAL, lol!
Left with our crew, back to the hotel, much needed shower, and headed back to the states on a beautiful day. Got to Albany (shadiness bus station EVER) and was back in my apt by 9:30pm.
PS: I am NOT sick. I feel FINE! It was great! And, I made it to work early on Tuesday, to Ben Watt at Cielo, was on a train at 6:30am on Wednesday, AND went to the the Yankee/Sox game last night as I planned. Whew! Kevin is proud!
So, that was my weekend! I am just so glad I went, go to eat a great meal, hang out with my friends, see Danny, and experience Montreal again. What an amazing city. It has a European flare with a unique edge and a vibe that can’t be touched. And the clubs… it was so good to be in Stereo – a place so different than any other club which I think really encompasses the true vibe of the music and how it’s supposed to be. Looking around at all the dancing people and smiling faces at 1pm on Monday was priceless. And of course, all the gay shirtless men make Stereo what it is. I hoped Danny enjoyed it and is planning to be there regularly. Until next time!
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