Cueball

    Unlike everyone else, who posts a bio to promote themselves for the next gig this is the very last time I will ever DJ so I thought I would just tell a few stories. When Jeff asked me if I could play at Connect this last year I couldn’t find the letters N-O in my alphabet so had to very quickly say YES. Connect to me is about friends and my friendship with Jeff is a 25 year journey through dark warehouses, night clubs, buses, vans, living rooms, big sound systems, marriages, kids, BBQ’s and love. I have been fortunate enough to play at many connects, I headlined a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, brought the concept of the sunrise house set to the festival by playing the closing set on all the nights at different points, I was fortunate to close the festival a few times in the early years, played afternoons, played in the garden, had my kids on stage with me as I played, babysat DJ’s, babysat Jeff and just plain hung out enjoying the music.

    I remember the first Connect like it was yesterday. 200 likeminded souls in a small campground spending a weekend immersed in the music. It was about friendship that very first year. You knew everyone at the party and if you didn’t you made new friends before you left. I played Friday night with Huggie from LA and Deko-ze. I was half way thru my set, and back them we got solid 2 hour sets to do it right, and Huggy comes up and says I didn’t know what to expect coming up here but you are fuckin killing it dude. We are talking as I play and we start swapping records right there. I am handing him a promo of the Rabbit in the Moon mix of Sarah McLachlan that he was searching for and he is handing me a promo of Speedy from Minneapolis. We connected musically and a friendship is made. I can still remember most of the set that night now 21 years later. I closed with Nitzer Ebb “Join in the Chant” and a bootleg of the Doors “Roadhouse Blues”. That weekend I met Monty, Misty, SFS, Orion, Fran, and others who stay friends with me and constant forces in my life.

    A few years later my favorite Connect happened. The last year at Oyama was my favorite year for so many reasons. That to me was the perfect year with the massive thunderstorm on the Friday night, we encased the stage in plastic tarps so the DJ’s could play. We didn’t have a DJ but played a Mark Farina mix CD as we worked on keeping things dry and safe, I told Mark in 2012 he had played in the early years but didn’t know it and he laughed. People still danced through the storm, and when it let up we cut open the plastic to let the crowd and the DJ connect. Tryptamine from Edm. was playing and the crowd cheered like mad. That is the first year I played the sunrise house set from 4:30 AM until we shut the system down sometime after 7:00. Deep, funky, disco, smiling house became a staple of a festival known for the best techno and trance. The Saturday turned into one the most amazing days and nights with astounding clear skies and the brightest stars imaginable. It was like 2 extremes on the same weekend. We had Freq Nasty and Tayo that year from London and they forever changed the sound of Saskatchewan I think that weekend. We got a taste of the world famous London club Fabric. Saturday night was magic and Jeff closed the festival I think for the first time that weekend. I also spent much of the Saturday night getting to know a girl who went on to become my wife in between MC’ing the night.

    Every year is memorable and full of stories of friends, music, and encounters. In fact when Jeff asked me to play we spent an entire evening recounting stories from all the Connect’s and other music trips we have shared. We talked about Ritchie dancing at sunrise to my set at Maclean and not stopping even though he had blown out his shoes and was bleeding on his heels. We talked about the year Peter Ward and we basically lost him, all the times Jeff dropped mad sets, the crazy DJ’s and stories of hotel shanghaies. We talked about going to Minneapolis for some of Woody McBride’s shows like Stairway to Headphones but mostly we laughed at how much fun we have had as friends over each of the last 21 years and how much we are looking forward to what this last special year will bring…..and that is my not-so bio Bio

Love to all
-W


Line-up 2017

2017 Performers

Dj Dan

     For over 2 decades, DJ Dan has been a leader in the Electronic Dance Music scene. It's tough to say more about DJ Dan than what is most likely known by just about an...

Eric Sneo

    From an early age, the now highly rated international DJ Eric Sneo, started learning to play many instruments, including drums, piano and accordion. As a result, he grew u...

Dj ESP aka Woody McBride

    American elektro-shaman, Woody McBride, aka DJ ESP, rocks the world with his unique style of tribal techno, acid house, breakbeats, elektro, ambidelics, hardtek and a...

Bebetta

    Bremen’s Bebetta is a playful, colourful and charming personality who likes to inject everything she does with a sense of fun. Her goal is to make people happy away ...

AFFKT

    Hailing from the Spanish mainland is a sound that’s resonating globally thanks to a choice select of tastemakers that are driving through the boundaries set out by t...

The Freestylers

     After a 15 year career the Freestylers have covered a full 360 degrees in the Bass music genre, having played all the biggest festivals and most talked about nightcl...

Deko-ze

    Deko-ze is the co-owner of Jungle Funk Records with Jerome Robins and has tracks and remixes out on Hotfingers, Milk & Sugar, Deported, Pacha, KULT, Housesession, Vamo...

Kytami

     Having been trained as a classical violinist from the age of four, there is no doubt Kytami has mastered her skills on the instrument. Known for creating a musical s...

JFB

    JFB is definitely an artist to regularly look out for. His successes have mainly been obtained from his technical ability to smash lots of differently styled events, cross...

Neon Steve

    There are not many Canadians that can claim they’ve held down top spots on Juno; Hypema- chine, DJCity, Soundcloud, and Beatport charts, had exclusive premiers on taste m...

Father Funk

     Lost in Michael Jackson’s woodland estate young Will Williamson was a happy soul, breast fed and reared by a family of disco Llamas, he’d canter hither a...

WBBL

    Little is known about new artist WBBL – some say he was brought up on a diet of misunderstood folk music and balearic basslines, others say he is the first true star...

Jon Delerious

    Calgary's own Jon Delerious has been a staple in the West coast House music scene since his first 'big' gig in 1992. Since then his production talents have seen him grow into a...

Kloves

    Krystle Brieger, a.k.a “Kloves”, is a Canadian techno producer, currently working from Calgary, AB. Kloves heritage is a blend of Hungarian and Filipino decent...

The Gaff

    The Gaff is a soulful brother on the wheels of steel, a lifelong DJ with tight skills & cuts, a lengthy
list of accomplishments, tonnes of records, heart & cl...

Monkey Twerk

    MonkeyTwerk is all about the sounds that dance between the genres, the high energy that runs between the BPMs, the excitement that keeps people moving, and the happy vibes...

Senseless Live

    Hailing from Canada, Senseless Live started out as a team-up between seasoned DJ and producer John Glassey and talented songstress Kim Sykes. Joining Kim’s song writ...

Chris Komus

    Traversing the world of psychedelic bass music, Chris Komus’s self-titled project is sculpted from the sounds of psydub, psybient, glitch hop, and world bass. Dubby vibes...

Nathan Zahn

    Nathan Zahn is a long time veteran of the Canadian electronic music scene starting as a promoter & DJ with Winnipeg's Symptom Technologies in 1996. Since the mid-ninet...

Jeff Galaxy

        Jeff Galaxy is the Curator and Director of the Connect Festival. Humble roots and an undying love of music have provided the people of the prairies...

    Cueball

        Unlike everyone else, who posts a bio to promote themselves for the next gig this is the very last time I will ever DJ so I thought I would just tell a few stories. When J...

      Danger Bay

           Dane Hanson has always had an extreme love for electronic music. Growing up on Boards of Canada, Plaid, U-Ziq and "IDM" he was an avid collector of all things spacey...

      Dj HMSLF

          DJ McMoil AKA DJ HMSLF, a humble guy who has always loved electronic music. An animated man who loves rocking out on the dance floor as much as he loves rocking out on the...

      Dj US Marshall

           Marshall is one of the Production and Talent managers of The Connect Festival, Canada's longest running electronic music festival and has been playing electronic mus...

      elle fast

          elle fast (Leslie Fast) has been loitering around an electronic music show/festival/dance floor near you for the better part of two decades.  Although she's always had a d...

      Gavin Crawford

          Gavin Crawford had his first taste of House Music in the late 90’s while visiting Scotland. At that time he was in his early 20’s and he instantly loved the club cu...

      J.A.Dj

          J.A.DJ is an artist whose drive and talent have placed him among the top tier of underground techno music artists. He maintains this position with innovative new releases,...

      Jeff Prankev

          Jeff Prankev (Formerly known as “Dislexik”) has been playing with electronic music in various forms since 1994. What started as a hobby, producing music slowly...

      Kinder

          DJ Kinder (aka Ryan Mayer) is definitely one of the favorited local artists to play Connect. Playing for crowds in the prairies for over twenty years. His vast experience ...

      Klen

          DJ Klēn is no stranger to the Saskatoon electronic music scene.  He has been rocking shows for well over a decade he has been a key figurehead in bringing quality pa...

        Nick James

            I perform at two distinct event types, clubs and parties/festivals, and the way I approach programming and the style of music varies between the two. I never plan my sets ...

        Paul Who?

            Certified Audio Engineer, DJ and Producer all make Paul the perfect candidate for any situation demanding a talented electronic DJ. With over 13 years of DJ'ing under his ...

        Shael

            Shael has been a DJ and purveyor of underground house music in Winnipeg for around 15 years. In her early days as a young “disco kitty” she was known for playi...

        Shawn Jobin

            Western Canadian Music Awards nominee, Shawn Jobin has been making a name for himself by touring his eclectic electro infused rap project all around the country and in Eur...

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