Visiting my friend Eddie for the weekend in Toronto, I thought it would be fun to check out an EDM show too. It turned out Krewella was playing on the Friday night – at a small but well-known Toronto venue, the Horseshoe Tavern, which features mainly rock acts.
I didn’t know much about Krewella, but learned that the group consists of two 20-something sisters (Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf) who are half-Pakistani and half-Lithuanian/German, an ethnic mix similar to my own. There had also been a third member (an ex-boyfriend) who had split from the group acrimoniously a few years before.
The date was part of their Sweatbox Tour, billed as a “rock n’ rave show in tiny, grimy venues.” That was a pretty accurate description. The Buffalo-based DJ and composer Grabbitz opened for them.
Once Krewella hit the stage, it was obvious what set them apart from most other EDM acts. Not only did they sing and dance their hearts out throughout the show, but they were backed up by “real” instruments – a drummer and electric guitarist.
I loved the fact that they showcased all of their talents, and that they had written many of their own songs – such a rarity in the EDM world. The combination of live and electronic music was really refreshing.
Their performance style was closer to that of a rock act, with lots of choreographed bopping and headbanging.
And some high-energy interaction with the audience.
It was a really good, sweaty show, and it was obvious Krewella had a following in Toronto. But I wondered why they hadn’t been able to sell out a larger venue, having already played large festivals like Ultra Music Festival and EDC.
All the same, I’m hoping their unique mix of electronic and live performance catches on with other DJs.
Who: Krewella, Grabbitz (part of the Sweatbox Tour)
Where: Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
When: Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Cost: $30 USD for 2 tickets off StubHub
Danceclubgirl Rating: 8.5