Having already created quite the buzz in New York, designer, DJ, director and all around visionary, Vashtie Kola arrives in downtown Toronto to bring her epic 1992 Party to the masses as part of the launch of creative photographer Che Kothari’s new website.
Crowds pack downtown Toronto’s Queen Street venue, Tattoo, awaiting Kola and Kothari’s arrival. Staying true to the ’90s theme, not only are Toronto DJ Lissa Monet and DJ Mensa mixing throwback classics from artists such as Janet Jackson, Blaque and Heavy D, but also a projection screen has music videos from En Vogue, snippets from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, and some nostalgic shots taken by Kothari of Nas on display. Fans also pay homage to the era, decked out in head to toe ’90s apparel, from high top haircuts and big intertwined gold chains to multi coloured geometric jackets. Guests are all about setting the ’90s mood for the night, ready to rock and groove to music they grew up to.
“I’m looking forward to hopefully pleasing the crowd [tonight]. I’m a giver, so I want to please; I hope that everyone enjoys it and that they’re excited.” – Vashtie
“I was invited by Che to celebrate his artwork and the work that he’s been doing, explains Kola, who mentions she will be having a shoot with the talented photographer the next day. “I’m looking forward to hopefully pleasing the crowd [tonight]. I’m a giver, so I want to please; I hope that everyone enjoys it and that they’re excited.”
After a not so pleasant flight to the city, the elite DJ is able to enjoy the energy of the crowd, as everyone in attendance cheers and hollers as soon as the New York native steps on stage. With a quick prep of her laptop, and a welcoming hello to everyone for coming out for the night to celebrate, Kola does what she does best and takes to the turntables having the crowd sing and dance along to the classic tunes. She makes her job look easy, switching from track to track, and smiling to the crowd often.
With this being Vashtie Kola’s first trip to Toronto, fans likely hope that the creative artist brings her epic 1992 Party back to the city for another night of fun in the near future.
Words By. Aliecia Brissett + Photos By. Janelle Scott-Johnson