UN­USUAL VENUE HAS FES­TIVE HIS­TORY

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Mile Ex End Musique Mon­tréal is not the first event to re­pur­pose the Van Horne over­pass. The roots of the lo­ca­tion’s iden­tity as a site for cel­e­bra­tion go back to 2007, to a lit­tle party thrown with no per­mits, no advertising and lit­tle-to-no ad­vance warn­ing by Me­ga­soid, a hip-hop/elec­tro duo con­sist­ing of DJ Six­too, a.k.a. Speaker­bruiser, and Hadji Bakara of Wolf Pa­rade.

The pair played music out of a van one night for a few hours, draw­ing 200 to 300 peo­ple.

“They did it on the Mile End side (of the train tracks that run be­neath the over­pass),” said Mon­treal pro­ducer Poirier, who joined Six­too and DJ Khi­asma on the north side of the tracks a few weeks later for a stri­dently al­ter­na­tive St-Jean-Bap­tiste shake­down dubbed the Bridge Burner.

This writer had the plea­sure of be­ing on hand to wit­ness a wildly fun, bor­der­line chaotic, but ul­ti­mately ex­u­ber­ant event that even the Mon­treal po­lice al­lowed to take its course.

“We gave the ren­dezvous at mid­night,” Poirier re­called. “We told peo­ple, ‘Don’t get there be­fore 12.’ By 12:15, there were 500 peo­ple, at least. By the end, there were 1,500. We played from mid­night to 2 a.m. The po­lice came, but their goal was not to shut down the party, but to see what was hap­pen­ing.”

Not want­ing to push their luck, the trio brought in POP Mon­treal for two sub­se­quent par­ties at the same lo­ca­tion over the next two years. While per­mits were ac­quired for those later in­car­na­tions, the feel­ing of DJing in such an un­likely set­ting re­mains im­printed on Poirier’s mind.

“It was among the best gigs in my life,” he said. “It was to­tally un­ex­pected, mega-urban. It was kind of a sym­bol, for the peo­ple who were there, of what Mon­treal can be.”

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