This past Saturday, Arty kept Toronto Up All Night, playing an extended 2.5 hours for his final set at The Guvernment.  With so much energy and seamless mixing, he really proved there is no party without Arty.

 

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We started our night off to the sounds of young Finnish producer Lenno, who was making his Canadian debut – and he did so with a bang.  He turned The Guvernment into a disco for the hour, spinning funky tunes amongst mixes of crowd favourites like Chromeo’s “Jealous” (Lenno Remix).  He even dropped the mood-lifting “Brand New” by Mystique, setting a bright tone for the night.  Lenno’s “Wake Up” is even better live, and had everyone dancing and grooving out.  Look out for this talent – we have a feeling he’s going to blow up in the coming months!

 

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Around 1:30 a.m. Arty joined the stage and jumped right into playing with our emotions – opening with his remix of London Grammar’s “Hey Now.”  His set was filled with a ton of uplifting progressive house tracks, some throwback favourites and big room sounds.  Dropping a mashup of Steve Angello vs. Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman’s “Payback” with Above & Beyond’s “Sun and Moon,” the crowd erupted in excitement (and maybe some tears).  Shortly after, Arty played Eric Prydz’s “Allein.”  And to our surprise, the man himself, Pryda – joined the booth on stage to say hi.  Whether or not the song choice was totally coincidental or planned, we’re not sure of.  But we do know the excitement levels rose at this point, as many reveled in Prydz’ presence and hoped for an impromptu set (which for full disclosure, did not take place).

 

Keeping the good vibes and energy levels high, Arty showed his love for Above & Beyond, Audien, Alesso, and Swedish House Mafia, playing out plenty of the artists’ hits – old and new.  We also heard a number of Porter Robinson’s older tracks, including the beautiful “Language,” and his first-ever released single, the filthy electro tune, “Say My Name.”

 

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With an upcoming album releasing in the New Year, we can speculate that these are names and tunes that have influenced his new productions in some way – and we agree with them all!  Arty treated us to a few songs off his new album, including the emotionally-driven “See You Again (working title)” with Joe Gil, and the power anthem “Up All Night,” featuring the amazing vocal range of Angel Taylor.  Both songs marked huge “jump, yell and catch the confetti!” moments for the crowd – also positive indicators for their approval of what’s to come with his new album.  I think they liked it.  Scratch that – they loved it (and so did we).

 

Arty has a gift for producing, selecting and mixing songs that keep the crowd dancing and wanting more, while providing an adequate amount of “oh my goodness, the feels” moments.  His closing tracks were high contributors to that statistic.  He mashed together “Rebound,” by Arty & Mat Zo – with Alesso’s “Calling,”  and brought everything to an end with his remix of OneRepublic’s “I Lived.”  While those 2.5 hours flew by like ten minutes, it goes without saying that he he shut The Guvernment down –  and clearly there was more than one “Sensation” in town that night.*

 

*Sensation White:  Into the Wild was taking place down the street at The Rogers Centre, featuring Afrojack, Eric Prydz, Baggi Begovic, Bingo Players, and Mr. White.

 

Need more Arty?  Be sure to check out his Essential Tracks for this month!

Photos by:  Visualbass

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