Review: Pop! Goes the World! K-pop Party

So a few weeks ago I was contacted by a DJ who was planning – with another DJ – to put on a K-pop night at a club in Toronto. She asked if I would be interested in promoting, attending and then writing a review about it in exchange for free tickets. I, of course, jumped all over the offer! Come on! What’s not to like about the chance to dance to K-pop again? Oh, and did I mention they were going to play music videos too?!? The only thing I had to think about was what to wear!

First, some quick background information on the event.

Yesterday I was reading an New York Times article about how social media, especially YouTube, is being used to bring K-pop to the West. Now, I know I watch a lot of K-pop videos on YouTube but it turns out I’m not the only one as the idea for Pop! Goes the World! started with a group of one of the DJ’s (DJ JT) friends sitting around watching YouTube videos. She then contacted DJ Gee (who also loved K-pop) and a fantastic idea was born. DJ JT credits being introduced to Boa while in Japan three years ago for kick-starting her love of K-pop.

What did I think?

Other than the pouring rain around 10pm which meant I had to bring an umbrella to Andy Pool Hall, it was a fantastic night! By the time I arrived with my friends, it was already busy but no one was really on the dance floor yet. But that soon changed and the dance floor soon filled with dancers.

Before I tell you all about it though, I really want to thank the Life’s an Adventure 2 reader who came up to me and said “Hi”. That was the nicest and coolest thing that’s happened to me in a while!! I know that you, my lovely readers, read Life’s an Adventure 2 but it’s amazing meeting one of you! Totally made my night!! ^^ In fact, I’m still grinning about it.

The Venue

I’d never been to Andy Pool Hall before but liked the pictures on their website. The reality was a little different from what I had envisioned but still an interesting place. Huge bar in the main room and like the name says, there are pool tables. My only bitch with the venue was the dance floor was really small! Other than that, it’s an interesting place – a bit of a pool hall, a bit of a lounge, a bit of a club… all rolled into a bar.

The music/The VJs

I was so incredibly psyched to dance to K-pop all night that I kept resenting the old school (and some modern) hip hop and dance music that was mixed in. Which was crazy as I knew and loved almost all the songs they played – Western and K-pop. Once I got over myself, I had a wonderful time as did my friends. Plus it was super cool watching people dance and have a blast to K-pop in Toronto. And the lovely VJs played lots of Big Bang which always makes me happy!

The video mashes were cool and a great way to draw in the crowd. I’m definitely intrigued to see who and which videos they mash-up next! And it was fun watching different people – my friends included – with their eyes glued to the screens. Even those who weren’t dancing were paying attention. Okay, it probably helps that most K-pop stars are hot but hey, whatever it takes to make K-pop explode in Toronto!

The music rocked! The VJing was seamless and interesting enough, I couldn’t tell who was VJing unless I looked at the VJ booth. Perhaps their styles are similar? I also loved how they took requests and from talking to VJ JT afterwards, there were lots of requests. Damn, it was fun dancing to K-pop again!! I would love to know how many people in attendance were actually there for the K-pop though, as the crowd was a total mixed bag. Perhaps next time I’ll survey the crowd a bit. 🙂

The only issue I had was that the music was kinda quiet – for a club or a bar with a dance floor. Especially when standing/dancing on the other side of the video screen. My friends and I spend a lot of time in the area just behind the screen – it was hung kind of in the middle of the dance floor – and the music was too quiet there for most of the evening. I shouldn’t be able to hear the conversation of the group next to me clearly. Fortunately, the music did get louder as the night progressed but I definitely would have loved it louder from the start!

Did you miss the first Pop! Goes the World!?

Don’t worry, I just received word that it’s going to be a monthly event!! Super excited about the news! Check out their Facebook page (*new link*) for updates on the next Pop! Goes the World! K-pop night. Oh, and a special message from VJ JT: “We got SOOO many requests I felt bad we couldn’t get to all of them. And lots of them we couldn’t even hear anymore later in the night when the music got really loud ha ha!! So I’m hoping we’ll get to a lot of the requests in our next show. We’ll still mash-up a lot of new and old tunes but it’ll definitely still be mainly K-pop.” So come on out to the next one and get your requests in early!!

I would love to hear from anyone who also attended. And the VJs would love to hear your feedback too! Leave a comment  Did you like the first Pop! Goes the World!? Any feedback for the VJs? Did you try the Poptini special drink?

 

***Special Notice*** Pop! Goes the World!

will be a monthly K-pop dance party on the first Friday of the month!!

Stay tuned for more details!

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

6 thoughts on “Review: Pop! Goes the World! K-pop Party

  • March 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm
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    Hi Cindy,

    I love your blog! I’m learning more about Korean culture and Korean events I didn’t know exist in Toronto. Keep up the good work!

    I want to know more about the K-pop concert you mentioned in class.
    Could you please email me the details? Thanks.

    Jenn

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    • March 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm
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      Hi Jenn, thanks for stopping by! The post you are looking for is here and the contest is here.

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  • March 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm
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    Hi! As much as I would LOVE to go, I dunno if I have any friends who I could drag along. Judging by what you saw, did you see loners who showed up and were still able to join in? lol ^^

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    • March 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm
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      Hi Pakko 🙂 While most people came with friends, there were a few people that looked like they came solo and they seemed to have fun!

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  • June 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm
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    Hey there ..

    Was really psyched to hear about this party but I couldn’t find the facebook page you had linked here. Can you please let me know? Thanks

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    • June 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm
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      Ahh… thanks for letting me know the link no longer works – it was to their original event page. Here’s the link to their main Facebook page

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