Winter Solstice set

Quick Jam

Quick Jam recorded at Kawagma lake in headphones

Shelter325 – A collaborative NYE JAM

Kittens + Dirty Decibels + SUMA + 40hz Soundsystem + Hear Here:

Sad to see 2016 go?
Us neither…

As we kick 2016 to the curb five groups of friends join together in four rooms to welcome the arrival of 2017 and the promise a New Year brings. Let’s choose to celebrate battles won, lessons learned, old friends lost and new friends made.

In the spirit of Shelter, a percentage of all proceeds will be donated directly to Toronto food banks.

Extended bar license 10pm-3am
A huge new location, with easy, central access.
Friendly security.
Quality sound and lighting.
Reasonable ticket prices.

Room 1 :: House/Techno

Greg Gow (https://soundcloud.com/greg-gow)
Mike Gibbs (https://soundcloud.com/dirtypunk)
Jamie Kidd (https://soundcloud.com/jamie-kidd)
Dirty Decibels (https://soundcloud.com/dirtydecibels-to)
Jackie Spade (https://soundcloud.com/jackie-spade)
Shea Marie (https://soundcloud.com/shea-marie)

Room 2 :: Bass

Egoless (https://soundcloud.com/egoless)
Distinct Motive (https://soundcloud.com/distinctmotive)
Jonah K (https://soundcloud.com/teknotribes)
Kristian Sunflower (https://soundcloud.com/kristian-sunflower)
Rollin Cash (https://soundcloud.com/rollincash)
Zumone (https://soundcloud.com/zum_one)
Spyne (https://soundcloud.com/40hz)
Steinjah (https://soundcloud.com/steinjah)

Room 3 :: Live

Chameleon Project (https://soundcloud.com/chameleonproject)
Mikey Dorje (Loopsy Dazy) (https://soundcloud.com/mikeydorje)

Room 4 :: Disco/Funk

Denise Benson (https://soundcloud.com/denisebenson)
Ali Black (https://soundcloud.com/djaliblack)
Pooyan (https://soundcloud.com/heigher-heights)

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2hR6D64

Join the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/386672625002719/

Weird video!

Winter Solstice: Flurry


BILLY DALESSANDRO (Archipel, Soniculture, Siteholder – Chicago/Montreal) soundcloud.com/billydalessandro

BEN LODGE (Darkwalkers)





APHOTIK (Conscious Wave – Montreal)


MISS MOSS (Peterborough)

HANS OHM (Architextures)


JONAH K (Suma/Spectrum)


Elysha Poirier
Sound Advice
Jax A Muse
Zum One
Siren Sativa


40hz Soundsystem

Free vegan snacks!!

***Venue will be announced very soon… Thanks for your patience!!***


new service, old set…

Friday October 31st 2014: Suma Halloween Event in Toronto!




Candy Flip 

with Suma and Promise

One stage, one love and one stellar sound system wrapped in a gorgeous new warehouse space.

Join us this Halloween for deep and bouncy house, techno and bass!

Pinch (UK, Tectonic Recordings)

Droog (LA, Culprit Recordings)

Rollin’ Cash

Zum One (Zum1.com)


Photo booth by Anastasia

Visuals by lightsweetcrude, Siren Sativa & Safetydept.

Black Light Ping Pong by VanGrey

Comfy couches lounge

Heated patio

Onsite cafe


HangLoose Media Studios

28 Logan Ave (Queen St E and Carlaw)

10pm onwards, 19+


Advance tickets $35 (limited to 650)

online: ilovepromise.com now

In stores: Shanti Baba in Toronto


Join the FB event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/715461451878854/

Candy Flip illustration by Elysha Poirier @ Pear Tree Design http://peartreedesign.ca/


GIF museum

So i have decided that there are some GIF’s out there in the world that are so awesome…
I have saved some, bookmarked others, and just lol’d at others…
but now i have decided to just post them here:
and one i made

Derive online!

This is a film my friend Camille Budin made with some friends. She asked me to write some music for it and i went for it. It was done very quickly on fairly short notice and some edits were made afterwards to fit a slightly shorter cut of the film. I am extremely pleased with how it worked out and feel a real synergy between the set, the dancer and the sound. It was a vision for me to try and make the sound of the space and the movement and not so much focus on writing music. The beats came through unexpectedly as i did not real at first it would make sense in the piece. When i sent Camille the first edit i thought she would ask to cut them out and focus mor eon the ambient soundscape. However, they seemed to gel with the vibe. Hope you enjoy. Love to hear your thoughts.


Wow Winter Solstice has passed… New Years has passed.
Here we are in the midst of 2014. Seems to be odd to post video and photos from last year. Yet I feel I am constantly playing catch up with posting photos, videos and music…let alone actually sitting down to write something. “We” spend so much of our time trying to record and document the moment. But what is so great about a moment. What does a few seconds of video do for you? Why do we want to be able to listen to that set from that night over and over again? Even though we were not there, and we can only connect with a virtual copy of the recording of someone playing some records in a club. Nevertheless we do it because it is good. It is what we enjoy. Why – is hard to say. But the reality is looking at a photo connects us to a moment – to a feeling – and for some reason I am drawn to post these memories, as a way to have a record of the moments, and feelings and times and places. I hope someone out there is enjoying other than just me…

So in this fresh new year I will post a short video from our Nightgazing party… promise uploads of sets in the near future. and a couple pics from the ice storm! Hope you are staying warm!



Suma Solstice 2013

As night follows day and the seasons pass, we gather under moonlit clouds to dance the dark away. Keep your eyes on the skies and spend the longest night of the year with us in a celebration of community, music and art

Featuring music by:

/// AUTHOR live – UK – Black Box, Tectonic ///

SAFETY DEPT. – Darkwalkers
JONAH K – Permanent Damage
ZUM ONE – zum1.com


Live visual mixing by:

PETER METTLER  petermettler.com

Deco by: quARTz Creatures & SUMA

Sound by: 40hz

Online at:

The Grind House – 281 Augusta Ave (no service fee!)
Play De Record – 357A Yonge St, Toronto
Shanti Baba – 546 Queen W, Toronto
Fairies Pyjamas – 29 Kensington Ave, Toronto





Costa Rica part 1.

So last February and March we decided to take a trip to Costa Rica with our daughter Zoe who was about 6 months at the time.
Travelling has been a long time passion for both of us and we really wanted to spend some time away from home while Zoe was still young and it was cheap/free to travel with her.

So i have been meaning to post photos and blog about my trip to Costa Rica and have been way to slack in my writing and going through the photos and all of that. In reality there are just WAY too many photos to choose from and so many of them are really good.

SO I think i will just try and post some every week…. and just keeping adding more and more to the story as i GO.

End of TIme – Timelapse Video

Our amazingly awesome friend Brendan Fernandes (http://intransit.to/) shot a timelapse of Suma’s last party, .
Music by Anthologic….

40hz presents Goth Trad

A few months back I went to see at a party at a small church in Regent Park. Great fresh new venue. Blistering sweet and heavy sound from the mostly hand built soundsystem byt the 40 hz crew. was on visuals and things were looking sharp.

and I took photos…

Holy wow wow!

So holy cow – i am playing at MUTEK. With Dan Browne and Dan Driscoll creating a live remix of Dan Browne’s film Memento Mori. Click here to go to the MUTEK site for more details. See you in Montreal!!


Peter Mettler @ hot docs

My good friend Peter Mettler (the End of Time, gambling gods and LSD, picture of light) is performing with the ambient gurus Biosphere at hot docs this year. Should be a spectacular audio and visual performance. See you there!


The Clock

Last day for The Clock saw some of this last night and really liked it a lot!!! You should check it out!!!


The Clock (2010) is a unique and compelling work created by world-renowned sound and video artist Christian Marclay. The work is an ode to time and cinema, and is comprised of thousands of fragments from a vast range of films that create a 24-hour, looped, single-channel video. Marclay compiled thousands of film clips of wristwatches, clock towers, sundials, alarm clocks, and countdowns, each of which illustrate every minute in a 24-hour period.

Years in the making, The Clock examines how time, plot, and duration are depicted in cinema. Although the audience can use the piece to tell the local time, viewers can experience a vast range of cinematic settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, making time unravel in countless directions and rupturing any sense of linear, narrative sequence. The work is both an homage to film history and an affirmation of our present time.

Marclay’s fascination with the collage of sound and image dates back to the late 1970s. Marclay played music with bands in underground club scenes, often using homemade instruments such as a record turntable converted into a portable electric guitar-like device. His innovative artistic practice continues to combine aural and visual sources with a keen sensibility toward complex editing, sampling and looping techniques. Marclay’s experimental work with sound, video and film has been extremely influential on a younger generation of artists for whom the idea of digital sampling and mixing recordings is now a given.”

A film my friend Dan made….

Memento Mori – Film by Dan Browne
Dan used some of my music off the Ambi-ants album for the soundtrack to this film…

Memento Mori – Film by Dan Browne :: ABOUT.


Inspiring Sculpture

Kinetic Sculpture by David C. Roy – All Sculptures | Wood That Works | Kinetic Art – Shimmer

Kinetic Sculpture by David C. Roy – All Sculptures | Wood That Works | Kinetic Art – Shimmer.

The 10 Best Soundsystems in America – via Beatport News

Why is Toronto so behind the times! Time to catch up? Who wants to partner in opening a proper club in Toronto?

The 10 Best Soundsystems in America – Beatport News.

Happy Halloween

Just as I started writing this post, my cat decided to jump up on my desk,


which she almost never does as it is usually covered in gear. Since Halloween is the gateway between world and black cats the gate keeper maybe it would be appropriate to share a photo of scratch at her best.

I heard the internet like cat pics….



OK Now onto more excited and interesting developments from the land of PARTY

Suma worked with Promise and through a big ol stinky Halloween Rave…. yes a Rave, two giant 12 bass-bin sound systems slammed into a big ol’ warehouse. People were dressed up all crazy like in the classic Halloweeny style… and it was tons of fun… and loads of work!

We built a geodesic 16′ foot dome, covered it with an orange parachute and built two other “jack-o-lantern” screens, to create the ultimate in Halloween themed video projection madness… check out the photos…



I had 5 pumpkin’s wired up to my makeymakey and they were triggering different clips i created in modul8. The loops were mapped on the big dome and people could “PLAY” the pumpkins to change the video on the dome… each of the clips i created was a different colour and shape so people could see the results clearly, the only issues was a 1/2 second time delay in the response making it a bit goofy feeling as there was an obvious lag… well more experiments to come…

And then there was the amazing CREW!
(sorry I do not have pictures of Jax or Aspa or better pics of everyone else…in costume!
but ya know I am knew to this bloggin thing… but i think i like it!)


Also very soon i will post my dj set and some video…. but ya know bit by bit….

i finally got my makey makey

so i did some experiments with a makeymakey and ableton live!

check it out


Suma & Promise ::: Halloween Party ::: dreamfactory

Hello Friends…. this is going to be an amazing super fun halloween jam! Lots of great music, visual artists, installations, photo booth, and the best costumes ever … courtesy of YOU!

I am DJing a deep and dubby set at the end of the night (3am), and VJing before that….. all in the SUMA room…. looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor!!