Girl Talk

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Friday, July 16, 2010

I heard Girl Talk was sick, so I knew I had to see him live eventually.  He mixes famous songs of different genres to make awesome pump up dance songs.  He is a normal guy who lives in Pittsburgh and went to school for engineering.  On his own time, he mixed songs on his computer, and eventually, he got famous.  Since he is never allowed back at Penn State because the venue that he played in got completely trashed the night of his performance, I would have to road trip somewhere to see him.  Where better than Toronto?  Mark was the only person who could go down friday night to see him.  We headed down around 6:00 PM and made it there in about 2 1/2 hours.  We parked our car, grabbed a bite to eat at Subway, and looked for our hostel for an hour.  The street was very difficult to navigate for some reason, but we eventually found it.  We checked in, dropped our stuff off in our room, and headed out.  We thought we would walk to the club and take a cab back.  We walked towards the lake and then along side it.  

We passed a sick club on the way to Sound Academy called The Guvernment.  We thought that would be cool to go to sometime.  Little did we know that it was the 5th biggest and 8th best club in the entire world.  (I came back a week later for Canada Day at the Guvernment, and it was absolutely insane... Next blog entry).  We walked for about an hour, and we finally got there.  It was on a pier, pretty far from the rest of Toronto's nightlife.  We get through security and walk inside.  It is huge!  This place is a renovated warehouse.  They had 5 bars on the ground floor alone, and then a V.I.P. area up top with its own bars and sitting areas.  It was one of the biggest club I have ever been to.  It was the biggest room in a club that I have ever been to.

Before Girl Talk came on, there were three openers who each played for about 30 minutes.  They were all really good.  Everyone was getting into it; I couldn't even imagine what Girl Talk would be like.  We talked to some people before he came on, and we found out about an after party that takes place after every show at Sound Academy.  We thought that would be fun for after.  

 Girl Talk came on and the entire place went wild.  Everyone was jumping all over the place, having a great time.  You could do whatever you wanted and no one would look at you funny; It was so much fun.  Mark crowd surfed at one point and got dropped after like 5 seconds.  I crowd surfed a little after, and equally distributed my body-weight as best I could, but still got dropped.  Right before I hit the ground, some guy caught my arm and saved me.  Everyone shot me back up and I eventually made it to the front.  Some guy launched me, and I landed on some girl in the front row, crushing her against the barrier.  A security guy brought me over the gate and then I tried to get on stage.  Girl Talk allows people to go on stage with him for as long as they want while he is up there.  The security guys told me to wait in a line.  I waited for a little bit, but worked my way back to the dance floor for the rest of the show.  It ended around 2 or so, and we were so pumped up.  It was such an amazing party.

 There was a bus that took a bunch of people to the after party at The Mod.  The Mod was an underground techno club that hosted up and coming DJs.  On the bus, Mark and I met these local guys who work in the t-shirt business and clubbing industry, so they were interesting to talk to.  They told us about the party of the year that was the week after this during Canada Day.  It was at The Guvernment (5th biggest club in the world) and tons of famous DJs were going to be there, like Deadmau5 and Benny Benassi.  I got my ticket for that the next day. 
We got to the club, and it was so hardcore.  The bass hurt my eardrums and the techno was so intense.  It was awesome.  I took some videos of it.  

 At 4:00 AM we left and headed back to our hostel.  It was like 2 miles away, but we just walked.  It was a nice night, and we were in a safe area.  The club was right neat University of Toronto, so that was cool to see on the way to our hostel.  I could see myself at that school.  It seemed like the type of school that I would enjoy.  Tons of people were out all night.  The city was still alive at 5:00 AM with people of all ages.  It was pretty shocking.  

 We got back to our room and fell asleep by 6:00 AM.  We woke up at 9:00 AM, got some breakfast for free, then walked to the Eaton Center a few blocks away.  After that, we got in my car, and headed home.  It took forever to figure out how to get on the highway from any street.   Overall, this really made me realize how cool Toronto is.  It is such a legitimate city with so much life.  I want to go there so much more!
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