HOT STEPPER PRODUCTIONS BIOGRAPHY

Hot Stepper Productions is one of Toronto's premier club event companies operating since 1995. Currently Hot Stepper organizes Toronto's deep, soulful house events "Garage 416" since 1998 and the soulful, funky "Bump N' Hustle" events since 1996 and our Hot Stepper Sunday afternoon patio parties since 2009. We also continue to collaborate with a kindred community of artists and promoters in Toronto and beyond.

BEGINNINGS
Hot Stepper Productions was founded by promoter Carlos. Drawing from a love of music and a devotion to attending the best clubs and events in Toronto, New York, his native London and beyond for over twenty years, Carlos began applying his intuitive knowledge of underground urban culture in the summer of 1995. After discovering several of his mix tapes Carlos was approached by the El Mocombo Club into creating a regular progressive soul night. With DJ Curtis Smith and brother Pedro, Carlos began Soul Sundays booking and promoting live bands and guest DJs. Soul Sunday nights included mixings of local live funk, dub, jazz, hip hop, soul and DJs with guests including K-OS, DJ Injex, Luke McKeehan (Mo' Funk), Jacksoul, Medeski Martin and Wood and others.

BUMP N' HUSTLE
In February 1996 Hot Stepper along with the Vibes N' Stuff DJ team of Paul E. Lopes and Mike Tull presented a live and DJed soul music showcase called Bump N' Hustle. From the first sell out night at the Rivoli Club, the Bump N' Hustle proved to be wildly successful and is still one of Canada's hottest ongoing soul parties. Bump N' Hustle is currently running as a super hot DJ night at the monthly Rivoli and after all this time was selected as the #2 party of the year 2003 by NOW magazine.
Vocalists, MCs, and spoken word artists were in the early years featured as guests at Bump N' Hustle in a cabaret style presentation including Glenn Lewis, K-OS, Divine Earth Essence, Alana Bridgewater, Wade O Brown, Naomi N'Sombi, Jully Black and a parade of others. The evening is capped by the Bump N' Hustle DJ roster which includes Paul E. Lopes and Mike Tull spinning funky jazz, Latin/Brazilian, rockas reggae, broken beats, underground/classic hip hop, rare groove and soulful house.



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The Bump N' Hustle has also been performed with special guests such as DJ Frankie Cutlass, dancefloor divas Gwen McCrae* (Gwen drew 900 people in -35C weather two weeks after New Years!), Taana Gardner* and Wunmi*, as well as DJs Gilles Peterson*, UFO* , Rich Medina* and Karl Injex. In April '98 we presented "The Ghetto Opera" musical urban drama performance to the sold out Opera House. Bump N' Hustle was also part of Harbourfront Centre's summer music programming between 1996 and 2002 as a soul weekender on three stages featuring such guest performers as Roy Ayers, Maceo Parker, The Mighty Sparrow, The Herbaliser Band*, N'Dea Davenport, Zapp and Roger Troutman, and Esthero.
For free downloads of Bump N' Hustle mixes, check out our Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/hot-stepper-productions

GARAGE 416
Currently we run Toronto's super hot event for garage, deep and otherwise organic house music called Garage 416. In September 1998 Hot Stepper's Pedro, recognizing the factional state of the soulful house scene, organized events which brought together the numerous players into a focused party. He spearheaded the first party which was held in the intimate Granite Lounge. Since the first sold-out party, Garage 416 has outgrown five different venues. The highly anticipated Garage 416 parties, which initially attracted 300 people per event, grew tremendously in size; the two-year anniversary attracted 1500! Garage 416 has played host to over 45 Toronto based DJs including the likes of Nick Holder, Dino & Terry, Kevin "KAJE" Johnson, Peter & Tyrone, Abacus, and Blueprint (Garage 416 residents), plus international artists such as "Little Louie" Vega, Norman Jay*, Joe Claussell*, Danny Krivit*, Francois K*, Timmy Regisford*, Tony Humphries, King Britt, Lenny Fontana, Teddy Douglas, Karizma, DJ Spen*, Robert Owens, Mateo & Matos*, Matthias Heilbronn*, Jerome Sydenham*, Steve "Silk" Hurley, Neil Aline*, Dennis Ferrer*, E-Man*, Lady Alma*, Michael Watford*, Marques Wyatt, Kaskade*, Phil Asher, Byron Stingily, Franck Roger*, Ame*, Miguel Migs, Master Kev, Osunlade, Dimitri From Paris, Lil' Louis, Josh Milan, and Monique Bingham*.

Hot Stepper Sundays
During the summer months June - August, we present our Sunday afternoon patio parties at The Cube Nightclub rooftop patio. When the weather permits, we invite you to lounge, dance, chow down, sip elixir and party with us in the open air of one of the best patios in the city. The event features Toronto veteran DJs Paul E Lopes and Mike Tull and special guests. The patio jams have been a major success and are a highly anticipated by those in the know, expect several hundred people on the deck sipping Red Stripe and Mojitos from 4:00 well into the evening.

OTHER PARTIES
As part of our independent concert/show presentations Hot Stepper presented the first two Bebel Gilberto Toronto dates, shows for several Ninja Tune Records artists such as Amon Tobin (four times)*, Bear + Task* (Up Bustle + Out), The Herbaliser and Roots Manuva*, DJ Vadim* with Mr. Thing* (Scratch Perverts) Blurum 13 and Killer Kela* We presented two sold out United Future Organization parties, the "Deep Concentration" tour featuring top turntablists Cut Chemist* (Jurassic 5), Peanut Butter Wolf*, Kid Koala, and world DMC champ A-Track*. Other guests have included Cup Of Tea Record's DJ Louis*, New York's DJ Chillfreeze* and The Enforcers* featuring Dego from 4Hero, Stretch, Rebel and MC M.A.D.
In August '98 Hot Stepper co-produced the JVC Urban Rhythm Festival, a four day event featuring King Britt's Sylk 130*, Gilles Peterson, DJ Ease* (Nightmares On Wax), J-Dub, Fred Everything, Pucho and The Latin Soul Brothers* and others. We continued our relationship with JVC Jazz until the festival was discontinued after 2002.
In June 2003 Hot Stepper Productions ventured into the club business by launching Tangerine Bar & Lounge on the emerging entertainment strip of King Street West and also launching Tangier in May 2004. We have since returned to our primary focus of independent events throughout the city.
Hot Stepper has also been retained to provide services for various other companies and events including: JVC Jazz, UP! Festival, Ontario Science Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Blues Society, Air Canada Centre, The Guvernment nightclub, and the Art Gallery Of Ontario for an Andy Warhol retrospective party featuring Grace Jones.
Our past weekly dance nights have included "567" in 1996 at The Left Bank featuring live music, DJ's, fashion shows and art exhibits. 567 events included the CD launch party for America Is Dying Slowly on behalf of Warner Records for The Red Hot Organization which was also a fund raiser for the Black Coalition for Aids Prevention, an after party for the Chanel show, the Hoax Couture summer fashion show, a show for Babylon Clothing, and photo art exhibits by Michael Chambers, Christoph Strube and others. Other nights included "Funktion" Saturdays at Granite Lounge, "Overproof" Friday's at Bauhaus, "Pleasures' Friday's" at the Guvernment's V.I.P lounge, "The Real" Fridays at Satellite Lounge and "Groove On" Saturdays at Void.
With 5 million people, Toronto is the centre of media and the music scene in Canada. It's one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and this diversity is found in the crowds Hot Stepper attracts. We have some of the most mixed crowds in this country and most others (a major boast-but it's the straight truth). Hot Stepper events are always greatly anticipated for their excellent entertainment quality, professionalism and mature urban clientele. All events are legal and licensed (no kiddie parties or raves).

VISITING TALENT
Being active for over 18 years, Hot Stepper has presented the likes of: A-Trak*, Abacus, Ann Nesby, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Ame*, Amon Tobin*, Barbara Mendes*, Bear + Task (Up Bustle + Out)*, Bebel Gilberto*, Byron Stingily, Carlton Rosebure*, Caron Wheeler*, DJ Chillfreeze* (Giant Step), Choclair, Cut Chemist*, Danny Krivit*, Dego (4Hero), Dennis Ferrer*, Dimitri From Paris, Dino & Terry, Dominique Keegan, DJ Cam*, DJ Ease* (Nightmares On Wax), DJ Food*, Karl Injex, DJ Louis* (Statik Sound System), DJ Spen*, DJ Spinna, DJ Vadim*, E-Man*, Esthero, Franck Roger*, Francois K*, Frankie Cutlass, Fred Everything, Gilles Peterson*, Gwen McCrae*, Heavyweight Art Installation*, Herbaliser*, J-Dub, J. Sinister*, Jacksoul, Jason Palma, Jay Dee*, Jenifa Mayanja*, Jerome Sydenham*, Joe Claussell*, Jojoflores, K-os, Karizma, Kaskade*, Kid Koala, Killer Kela*, King Britt & Sylk 130*, Lady Alma*, Lenny Fontana, "Little Louie" Vega, Luke McKeehan, Mark Andrus*, Marques Wyatt, Maseo (De La Soul), Mateo & Matos*, Matthias Heilbronn*, Medeski Martin and Wood, Michael Lange*, Michael Watford*, Michie Mee, Miguel Graça, MKL*, Monique Bingham*, Mr. Thing*, N'Dea Davenport, Nick Holder, Nicky Siano, Neil Aline*, Norman Jay*, One Step Beyond, Patrick Dream, Paul E. Lopes, Peanut Butter Wolf*, Peter & Tyrone, Peven Everett w/ Séance Divine, Phil Asher, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers*, ?uestlove*, Rich Medina*, Robert Owens, Roots Manuva*, Roy Ayers, Slam Mode*, Stacy Kidd*, Steve "Silk" Hurley, Taana Gardner*, Teddy Douglas, Timmy Regisford*, Tony Humphries, Turnstylz, United Future Organization*, Vikter Duplaix, Wunmi*, Zapp and Roger Troutman, and of course local artists too numerous to mention here.

* - denotes premier Toronto performance

For a quick peek into what the events look like, check the following Youtube links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G258FNrQ-20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgig5b1A4G4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXY8lYEFjKg

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