Toronto’s Decentralized Dance Party

Decentralized Dance Party

Combining both old and new tech for revolutionary ideas with a simple premise, long-time friends and dynamic-duo Tom and Gary held Toronto’s first Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) in the downtown core.  Following was a party where many carried ghetto-blasters tuned to a single station transmitted by Tom via FM  leading the course through Bay St to Nathan Phillip Square up Yonge St. onto Dundas Square to the after-party at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.  Regular stops included dance-offs in the Financial District, a jumping-jack competition at GoodLife and a contest for the ‘Stephen Harper’ Dance.  DDP has already been featured in many major cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Chicago, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Washington in the US and Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Fredericton and Vancouver in Canada and they wish to take the DDP worldwide.


The DDP is a portable, battery-powered Party System.

It consists of hundreds of Party People, carrying boomboxes, and a DJ who wears a backpack, containing an FM radio transmitter.

All the boomboxes are tuned into the DJ’s master FM broadcast, resulting in a mobile, synchronized sound system.  This Portable Dance Party roams the night, generating complete awesomeness, street by street and block by block, onto buses and subways, into public fountains and beyond. Inevitably interfacing with the public, together we create an infectious epidemic of fun. A Roaming Party Adventure that lasts all night long!

Contributions by Jared D. Khan and Kris Harrison


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