ARTIST: Gwen McCrae

SONG: All This Love That I’m Givin’

YEAR: 1979

LABEL: Cat

When ever I hear this song, it takes me back to an era in Toronto club history where you could play this for a room full of 500 people and it would instantly get the place rocking. Think back to places like Una Mas and Roxy Blu. What made these venues special were their approach to music and the clientele they attracted. You would never go these spots to hear any mainstream music, top 40 or even club rap tunes that were killing it every where else in Toronto. These clubs were a breath of fresh air at a time when the “jiggy” scene reigned supreme. This is where I really cut my teeth, my coming of age as a DJ. A way for me to expand my audience but not sacrifice the what, or how I wanted to play musically. This also offered me a way to build off of my success as an underground hip hop dj and play in front of new audiences. This era also opened up my ears to a whole array of musical genres, which ultimately lead me to finding Cratery. Or at the very least, lead me to understanding the ethos of what it means to be part of this movement and podcast.

— DAVE SERIOUS

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