It is safe to assume that most people experienced a mild case of ADD entering Sunnyside Pavillion for the Keys N Krates birthday party. The grounds, lit by an intense summer sun, were decorated with all of the basic birthday decorations from balloons and party hats to cupcakes but KnK did not stop there: wandering amongst the party guests were a full troop of clowns and classic cartoon characters.
You’ve seen nothing until you’ve seen Elmo get low with a bunch of dudes in neon tanks and “Billionaire Boys Club” t-shits. Everyone was keeping it 100%, even Minnie Mouse got moves and the cotton candy sugar rush was only fueling the celebratory hype.
The stage was tucked away at the back of the yard under trees but you still had to find odd corners around to be able to see the DJ through the piercing sun. Every now and then you’d spot an occasional body facing the wrong way while hundreds of people are throwing shapes occasionally tossing vocal compliments towards the stage.
The day started off with Toronto’s local Harrison who has been making appearances around various major festivals across the city all summer. Though humble in appearance Harrison always delivers and upbeat set to get the party started. Tennyson, a brother-sister duo from Edmonton, are another two kids on the scene worth paying attention to. Making soft, glitchy electronic beats with a variety of drums, Luke Tennyson and Tess Pretty came together as a perfect soundtrack to melting crushed blue ice.
Ganz had trouble at the border and could not make his set but Tom Wrecks, one half of Thugli, stepped in for a respectable nearly hour and a half performance. Playing classics from the Thugli repertoire and club heavy hitters from Ludacris’ “Move Bitch” and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” to Jamie XX’s “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”, Wrecks got everyone moving.
Flat White was also delayed but was welcomed on stage with an epic introduction by Jr. Flo and David Matisse who then took off to wonder around talking to party guests. For the first little while Flat White seemed a bit out of his element but once he got going with the crowd’s favorites from Drake’s “Energy” to a James Blake throwback the set came together into a solid performance.
Just Blaze stepped in right after dropping faster, more energetic trap-heavy tracks getting the crowd worked up for the final performance of the day. The Keys N Krates chant happened earlier in the day but shit did not get real till the birthday crew took the stage. Light. Them. UP!
KnK clearly likes birthday parties. We like birthday parties. You definitely liked this birthday party. Let’s do another one next year, same time same place, same creepy Elmo.
See more photos from the KnK Birthday Party here.