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CONTEST: Win Tickets to Sander van Doorn at Dragonfly Nightclub in Niagara Falls

October 22, 2013 10 comments

Quick and dirty contest for my fans and lovers of electronic music. I was approached by the folks over at Fiction Productions to do a giveaway for a pair of tickets to the Sander van Doorn (SVD) show on Thursday, October 24 in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the beautiful and intimate Dragonfly Nightclub.

2013 Sander van Doorn at Dragonfly Niagara Falls poster

If you’ve never been to the Dragonfly it is a very nice club located inside the Fallsview Casino. The show is going to be super intimate because the place is pretty small and this is a pretty huge international DJ so if I were you I wouldn’t miss out on his set. In fact, SVD just got named Number 39 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs for 2013 and you’re going to get to see him up close and personal.

Here is SVD’s most recent of his weekly radio shows also available directly here:

In case you don’t win, you can still grab your tickets at

You can also get yourself a hotel package at


REMEMBER:  If you don’t follow the instructions on how to enter, you won’t have entered so read them carefully. (This line was originally only on the bottom of the post under Terms & Conditions but since people seem to have ignored it I am adding it here too.)

To enter the contest you MUST:

1. Like Fiction Productions on Facebook. Their page is at

2. Share this blog post. Share it on Twitter or Facebook (your call which but extra entry if you share it to both) and tell me the URL(s) of the post(s) in the comment section below. [NOTE: You can put both URLs in one comment. However, if you haven’t set the posts to PUBLIC and I cannot see them they do not count as entries.]

Here’s an example of a tweet you can use:

Hey @TheDanLevy & @FictionPro send us to @Dragonfly_Club to see @SandervanDoorn! Contest deets @

3. Tell me in the same comment as the one you’ve used for the URLs of your social media posts what your favorite Sander van Doorn track is (remixes of other artist’s music counts).


Contest is open from the time of this writing until 6pm Toronto time, October 23, 2013 at which point a winner will be chosen.

You are responsible for your own travel arrangements and accommodations (if necessary).

The winner will have 30 minutes to reply to their notification of winning which will be via the email you use with your comment. If you don’t reply, a new winner will be chosen. I don’t care how you reply as long as I receive the reply.

If you don’t follow the instructions on how to enter, you won’t have entered so read them carefully.




8 Ingredients For An Amazing Concert Experience

July 22, 2013 1 comment

Full On Ferry Toronto @ The Guvernment 2013

In a previous post I have already discussed with you my 12 tips for summer music festival survival but I have never talked about the makings of an amazing concert. I am now taking the opportunity to do just that since there’s a contest going on right now by the folks at Syzzle. Syzzle is a new app for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch which is in beta release and will be available for download in Canada from the iTunes App Store this month, July. You can sign up to be notified of when it is released on their website at

I love that they’re running this contest because it is giving me the opportunity to post about something cool (amazing concerts) and it totally fits with their brand since Syzzle is an app where you can find where top rated artists are playing, including hot up and coming bands. With Syzzle you can follow artists worldwide, receive tour alerts, buy tickets, locate the best music venues in town and a whole lot more. It is sort of like a Yelp for live bands and concerts and looks like it will be THE WAY to discover new bands when they come to the smaller venues in your city.

Now on to what the 8 ingredients to making for an amazing concert experience. However, one more thing before I continue on. For the purposes of this post we are going to assume that you at least enjoy the genre of music you are going to see if not the artist themselves. This is why I am not going to mention the band being one of the ingredients.

  1. Who You Go With.
    This, for me is definitely a huge one since if you don’t go with the right group of people or with the right person you may not have as good a time as you otherwise could. Personally, when I go to a concert I like to be as close as possible to the artist performing. I remember a bunch of years ago I had a friend who was buying tickets to go see a band. I asked if we’d be close enough to see from the lawns – where he planned on buying the tickets – and he said we would. When we got to the concert, we were able to see the band, yes, but they could have been a bunch of random people up on that stage. For me, I like to be close enough to be able to see into the singer’s eyes and the lawn seats just didn’t cut it.

    Beyond that, it is important to realize that everyone has a different way to appreciate their music and enjoy a concert. When I attended the October 2000 Anger Management Tour at the SkyDome in Toronto which was a concert of Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Eminem, and Xzibit I went last minute because I had just come into town unexpectedly from Israel, was by myself, and had to scalp a seat as opposed to going to the floors/pit where I would usually go for hard rock shows. I had never sat before at a metal/hard rock show and found that I really did not enjoy it as there was no room to really move (and obviously I couldn’t access the mosh pit or crowd surf). Since then, I have pretty much always refused to go to a show unless I knew I was going to be in the pit or on the floor because I know I just wouldn’t enjoy it as much. In fact, I can think of only two times since that October in 2000 when I have gone to a show and wasn’t in the pit/on the floor and one was the time my friend bought lawns. Much as I like hanging out with some people on a day-to-day basis, we don’t necessarily choose to enjoy everything the same way and with that guy, our ways of enjoying concerts are clearly very different.
  2. Artist Engagement With Audience.
    New York City Hammerstein Ballroom concert crowd

    Hammerstein Ballroom concert crowd on floor & balconies.

    When a DJ or band takes the time to say something to the audience or even come into the crowd to be a part of the action there is an extra electricity felt throughout. In March 2002, I saw Bush perform at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Midway through the show, I remember Gavin Rossdale jumped down from the stage and through the crowd and ran up the stairs on the side of the venue into the balconies (which you can see in the picture above). From there he made his way to the lower balcony at the back of the venue and stood on the front wall of the balcony leaning against the railings and still playing his guitar. He then performed the same feat on the upper balcony. Security guards were obviously present to keep the crowd of screaming fans from getting too close and personal with the lead singer of Bush. I still remember talking to my buddy, Ari, who was with me at the show and one of us (I think it was him) said discussing Gavin’s in crowd and balcony antics, “THAT’S a rock star!”

    This can also work in the opposite direction. I recall seeing an artist recently who doesn’t use English as their first language and they played a song which as the name of a city as its title. They got on the mic and said “What’s up (name of city that’s song title)!?!?!?” only the name of the city in the song title wasn’t Toronto. He then quickly “corrected” himself a few minutes later and said, “I mean Toronto! Of course I’m in Toronto!!!” Most of the people in the crowd had their own explanation for what had happened: he was super jet lagged from flying around the world, he wasn’t giving it his all, or was not entirely sober. I suppose we will never know but it his mistake definitely killed some of the vibe of that event. Read more…

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