About Amnesiapicture

In 1999, Ian Andre Espinet [promoter], DJ Starting from Scratch [the country's top Urban club and radio DJ - Flow 93.5.fm] and Jason Chambers of the Attitude Soundcrew [underground sensation - G 98.7fm] to create the blueprint for all old school parties that would follow.

 

A chance conversation unearthed a fundamental agreement that the Urban entertainment scene in Toronto lacked substance and failed to play music outside of the parameters of that which was current. Certain musical genres were found neglected – almost as though DJs and patrons had forsaken them. In response, they created “AMNESIA”, a monthly old school event.

 

Armed with musical knowledge, Amnesia began with a mandate to play Classic House and Old School, and has grown to encompass other “forgotten genres” such as New Jack Swing, Classic Slow Jams, and Retro including 70s and 80s television themes packaged as “Scratch’s onky its.

 

Since it’s humble beginnings in Toronto’s Granite Lounge, where it played host to a 150 friends, Amnesia has gone on to produce over 100 unique events including boat cruises, roller skating all-nighters, old school dress up events and Pajama Jammy Jams - in the process playing host to tens of thousands of patrons in dozens of venues, while often collecting food for the homeless.

 

Its euphoric music selection, theme based and costume parties, have garnered the event near legendary status to music enthusiasts nationwide, becoming the focus of print and internet articles and even the backdrop for Much Music’s urban programming appearing in episodes of RapCity and MuchVibe.

 

A major catalyst in the phenomenal resurgence of old school and retro nationwide, Amnesia celebrated its 7 year anniversary with yet another milestone, as the Amnesia team became the first ever EVENT to sign to a major recording label deal in Canada. In September 2006, Universal Music Canada rewarded the trio’s hard work with the release of “Amnesia: Thee Old School Album” (nationwide at HMV, Music World, Sunrise location). Boasting over 70 minutes of Old School mixed by Canada's top duo - Starting from Scratch and Attitude Sound Crew, the album was a runaway success taking retail by surprise.

 

The event has also played host to Old School musical legends at Amnesia's Annual Anniversary with surprise guest performances since the 3 year anniversary.

 

Past Surprise Performers... at a glance.

MAESTRO FRESH WES & BAG-A-TRIX
GREG NICE [NICE & SMOOTH]
MICHEE MEE & MAESTRO
DO DAT DANCE AGENCY
TEN CITY [BYRON STINGLEY]
SPECIAL ED
T'DOT ALLSTARS
(SAUKRATES, KARDI, CHOCLAIR, RO DOLLA, SOLITAIRE]
CECE PENISTON & CL SMOOTH
MC LYTE & CHUBB ROCK
GREG NICE & SPECIAL ED
LISA LISA & THE CULT JAM
DREAM WARRIORS
NAUGHTY BY NATURE
SHANNON
BELL BIV DEVOE
THE JETS
NICE & SMOOTH
DAS EFX
ZHANE
KOOL MOE DEE
CRYSTAL WATERS

MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE

S.W.V. [SISTERS WITH VOICES]
ROB BASE

PEACEFUL JOURNEY ~ A TRIBUTE TO HEAVY D.

DRU HILL

MR. CHEEKS OF THE LOST BOYZ

DRES OF BLACK SHEEP

BIG DADDY KANE

BAG OF TRIX FEATURING BENZO

KARYN WHITE

15 YEAR HOP RIDE FEATURING...

GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL

MONIE LOVE

DIGITAL UNDERGROUND

LORDS OF THE UNDERGROUND

SCRATCH FROM THE ROOTS

THE MIGHTY CHIP FU FROM THE FU-SCHNIKENS

GREG NICE

SPECIAL ED

KARDINAL OFFISHALL

MAESTRO FRESH WES

SNOW

EVELYN CHAMPAGNE KING


p.s. THE REST IS HISTORY.

 

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Bottle Service Requests

Bottle Service is available is available and encouraged for most Amnesia events. Details as available.

Contact

416.293.4812
ian@amnesia.ca

Where The Streets Have No Name
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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