In partnership with Identification of Music's (IOM) new podcast IOM Recommends, each week we'll be giving you a travel guide that you can't pick up at your local bookshop — as your favourite artists give us the lowdown on their hometowns.
To kick things off we've got Xi'an-born, Toronto-based producer and DJ Ciel. A powerhouse of technical prowess, Ciel regularly delights crowds on either side of the pond with her intricate mix of bass, jungle, techno and old skool trance classics. Despite boasting prime slots at the huge international stages of Berghain, De School, Love International and Movement Detroit — Ciel, real name Cindy Li, has remained a mainstay of her adopted home. Throwing parties such as Work in Progress, It's Not U it's Me and collective Parallel Minds, has given her a position as a forward-thinking vehicle for progressive electronic sounds in the Ontario capital.
To really give us a taste of Toronto, we asked Ciel to give us some tips on what we should do in her city — from a Friday night motive to the best mode of transport.
Where's the best place to head on a Friday night?
Where should we go to buy some records?
Where should we catch a bite to eat?
What about a place to grab a drink?
A place that tourists don't know about?
All the warehouse raves in Toronto. Because of all the strict liquor laws, a lot of raves are technically not legal so you'll need to ask an in-the-know local raver about it.
Somewhere to get lost?
What musicians should we check out?
Bambii, Obuxum, Casey MQ, E-Saggila, Dan Only, Emissive, Gremlinz, Jesta, Szaio, Phedre, New Chance, Èbony (and R, who's 1/2 of Ebony), City Dance Corporation, Roberto S, Pursuit Grooves, AADJA, Raf Reza, Comfort Zone, Marcus Visionary, Myst Milano, Joseph Shabason, Vibrant Matter, Ficilio, Acote, Cherriep, Cryogenetic, Siviyex, Nautiluss, Short Bloom, Korea Town Acid, Chippy Nonstop, Jacinth, Joel Eel, Yohei S and Daniel 58.
What's the best way to see Toronto?
On a bike.
What's a Toronto party we should check out?
What time of year should we visit?
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Can you give us a piece of advice for anyone new to your city?
Toronto people aren't the friendliest and we can come across as unapproachable. But actually, we are just shy and socially anxious so don't be afraid to introduce yourself and tag along to the afters. I've made so many friends with new Toronto people doing exactly that.
Sum up your city in five words?
Making the best of it. :)
You can listen to the first episode of IOM Recommends featuring Ciel below.
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