Toronto Loud is a Toronto based platform that curates unique showcase experiances to exhibit the city’s aspiring talent. For their debut, they hosted Loud Waffle House, an intimate cannabis friendly brunch and hip hop concert in the private patio of the Amsterdam-themed Yongesterdam Lounge at 529 Yonge Street.
Mother Nature seemed to be involved in the planning of this private patio event as the temperature and weather was beautiful for what was supposed to be a wintery, grey Sunday afternoon.
We were fortunate and privileged to be invited to this intimate gathering that was promoted only to friends and smaller circles, and we were excited to see the Yongesterdam Lounge reinvented as a music spot and waffle house!
Music performers for the afternoon featured DJ Absvnd (@abscvnd) and rapper Scott Ramirez (@imscottramirez) performing from his new release “Art Dealer”, and with your ticket you not only got a front row seat to the performance, but also free waffles being served with side of some cannabis buds for you to enjoy with your meal and entertainment. A lovely pairing indeed.
Walking into Yongesterdam Lounge was refreshing. Usually Sundays are quiet, but upon arriving I could hear amazing chilled out hip hop vibes blasting loud from their patio while plates of fresh waffles were whizzing by me as they were being taken outside. Even though I arrived early, there were already groups of people enjoying the music and weather while the organizer was setting up his “waffle station” staged with bowls of fresh fruit and Nutella.
Within the hour, the patio began to pack and the vibes were great. Music, weed and waffles is certainly a great combo, and when people weren’t munching they were smoking or chatting. The organizer then came on the mic to introduce the theme of the show and began to kick things off with a couple surprise rap songs he performed with his sister, Hafswa. Their final song tied everything together when they chanted the catchy chorus “It’s like waffles and pancakes on a Sunday morning.”…genius. This got everyone pumped up for Scott Ramirez (@imscottramirez) who followed up next with some great performances from his latest release, “Art Dealer”.
Standing there, I was pleased to see what a legal landscape for cannabis could really look like, with hopefully more groups and businesses incorporating cannabis access into their services to cater to a massive and still unappreciated demographic. Just as many are able to enjoy their alcohol at sporting events, concerts, nightclubs, and other establishments, it would be nice just to see a fraction of those establishments cater to the many cannabis users out there. Sadly, Canada’s proposed legal framework is placing severe restrictions on cannabis use, which is why support for these communities and events is so important.
Unlike typical hip hop events, the vibe here was much more chilled out and friendly. I have personally known the event organizer for years and every time he puts on an event, the crowd is always great, and I always end up leaving with more friends than I entered. This event was no different.
Cheers to the successful launch of Toronto Loud, and I can’t wait for the next one!