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Amnesia Celebrates 15 Years With Huge Surprise All-Star Performances
AMNESIA, Toronto's legendary Old School event, will celebrate its 15 Year Anniversary on Saturday December 13, 2014 at The Sound Academy (11 Polson Piers, Toronto). Since 1999, Amnesia has treated the city to monthly signature ‘Old School' events showcasing forgotten music from old school & classic house to retro, rhythm & blues and golden era hip hop. Each year on its anniversary, some of music's most memorable names take the stage as surprise guests.
For this milestone, the team has enlisted a stunning roster of legendary artists, including the Hip Hop pioneer, Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five who, alongside The World Famous DJ Starting from Scratch, will lead "The Amnesia Hip Hop Ride", a segment featuring some of classic hip hop's most iconic. The remaining acts, including artists representing the R&B genre will remain a surprise until revealed on stage. The "Amnesia Video Dance Party" which debuted last year, will also add to the sense of euphoria.
The surprise performance element of The Anniversary is what truly sets the evening apart. The first ever anniversary performance in 2002 featured Canadian hip hop legend Maestro Fresh-Wes who whipped the crowd of 1500 patrons into a frenzy.  Since then, Amnesia has hosted an impressive, internationally known list of acts including freestyle, dance and house acts Cece Peniston, Lisa Lisa, Crystal Waters, Ten City and The Jets, R&B icons Bell Biv Devoe (BBD), SWV, Karyn White and Dru Hill, and Hip Hop heavyweights such as MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Rob Base and Naughty By Nature. Canadian Icons such as Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Dream Warriors and Michie Mee, and dance agencies Do Dat & Bag Of Trixx have been there every step of the way. Anticipation is high for the 15 year celebration, which expects to attract close to 3,000 patrons.
As part of the Amnesia 15 Year Anniversary festivities, for the first time ever, Amnesia will take place in New York, invading "the longest running Friday-Night Dance Party in NYC History, The Freedom Party® NYC, on Friday December 12th at Santos Party House. Amnesia consists of 3 individuals with a common love of music: Ian Andre Espinet, one of the city's leading event producers and respected graphic designer, is responsible in whole or part for some of the city's most unique and memorable nightclub events in years past. He is responsible for visually transforming concepts into tangible entities, and is the host of the event. DJ Starting from Scratch, is Canada's foremost urban club and radio DJ. He can be heard daily on VIRGIN Radio 99.9FM nationally, and seen at concert and club engagements throughout the country and worldwide in his role as tour DJ for artists Usher and Carlos Santana and comedians Russell Peters and George Lopez. DJ Jason Chambers is one of the country's greatest underground musical legends, and can be heard daily on Toronto's G98.7FM.
Amnesia: 15th Anniversary Celebration
The Sound Academy | 11 Polson Street
Saturday December 13th, 2014
Doors Open at 10PM
Tickets $30 in advance | More at the door
Advanced Tickets Available
Music by DJ Starting From Scratch & DJ Jason Chambers
Hosted by Ian Andre Espinet
An All-Star Line Up of 12 Surprise Performers Including the Legendary  Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
The inaugural Amnesia event took place in September 1999 in response to the fact that the certain musical genres were neglected in nightclubs - almost as though DJs and patrons had AMNESIA.  Armed with musical knowledge, Amnesia began with a mandate to play Classic House and Old School, and today has grown to encompass New Jack Swing, Classic Slow Jams, and Retro including 70s and 80s television themes and classics.
Since it's humble beginnings in Toronto's quaint Granite Lounge, where it played host to 150 friends, Amnesia has produced countless themed events including roller skating all-nighters, Old school dress up nights, city boat cruises  - all often while collecting food for those in need. Each year since 2002, the Legendary Amnesia Anniversary has hosted "Old School" surprise guest performances by musical legends to crowds of over 2500. In 2006, this trailblazing trio signed to Universal Music Canada to produce "Amnesia: Thee Old School Album", a compilation mixed CD, which was nationally distributed at retailers such as HMV and Music World.  The album which echoed the retro feeling the parties are known for, was a runaway success, taking retail by surprise.  
Over 35 special guests, 200 events, and over 100,000 guests and 15 years later, Amnesia is still The Soundtrack to Our Lives.
For More Information, please see and follow the team on Twitter @AmnesiaForever
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