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“The best Toronto DJ you don’t know about”

March 27th, 2017

Last month, First Thursday reminded art-goers to stay “Nasty”. In April, it’s time to “Mobilize.

On Thursday April 6, the AGO opens its doors to some of the most inspiring artists and thinkers in Toronto who bring people together for mind-blowing cultural experiences – whether that’s April Aliermo (Hooded Fang) discussing the disappearance of live music venues in Toronto or Geneviève Wallen (XSpace) talking about safe spaces for artists, or choreographer Zoja Smutny’s participatory contemporary dance/nightclub fusion project Rosé Porn. First Thursday: MOBILIZE is about getting bodies moving, and to get people thinking about what purpose their bodies are moving towards.

And what better way to get bodies moving than with the “Best Toronto DJ you don’t know about” (according to Vice), BAMBII. Known for her JERK dance parties, playlists that mix genres from electronica to dancehall, and her vocal opinions on social issues, BAMBII has emerged as not only one of the best DJs in the city, but in the world – she recently toured as Mykki Blanco’s concert DJ around the globe. For next week’s First Thursday, she’s partnering with members of the Yes Yes Y’All collective, who have produced one of the city’s most exciting, inclusive, and hottest (temperature-wise) queer dance parties for almost eight years.

We spoke with BAMBII to learn more about what she’s planning for First Thursday: MOBILIZE.

AGO: What does the theme “Mobilize” mean for you?
BAMBII: Mobilize can mean so many things. From a collective standpoint, it could mean bringing together a group of like-minded individuals, acknowledging each other’s differences and commonalities, and finding a way to work together towards a common goal. For an individual, it could be as significant as rallying your resources and preparing for a big push on a project you’ve been planning, or as simple as making sure your phone is at 100% before you hit the club.

AGO: What will the collaboration with Yes Yes Y’All look, feel, and sound like?
BAMBII: We’re going to try our best to bring the true vibe of a Yes Yes Y’All or BAMBII event to the AGO – the look, feel and sound of a club in harmony with its attendees. That means people feeling themselves and dancing while also remaining respectful of one another.

AGO: After the tour with Mykki Blanco, what’s next for you?
BAMBII: Writing music, more touring, more multimedia projects. Look out for me online 🙂

Don’t miss First Thursday: Mobilize. Tickets are on sale now – and don’t forget: they tend to sell out! Get a sneak peek at what’s to come on April 6 with this BAMBII DJ set.

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