originally published March 2008

There are few places people can go and just be themselves. Somewhere they don’t worry about work or responsibilities. It’s the end of the week and time to let loose. Get all your frustrations, stress, and weight off your shoulders. For over seven years that place for hundreds has been Liquid Ice which will sadly groove and light its way into history for the last time on March 1, 2008. The party will surely carry over to March 2, so really, that will be the last day but either way, the place is going out with a bang.

Over the years there have been regular nights and massive nights. The club has been graced with some of the world’s biggest dj talents but also rocked by some of the best the Newfoundland dj scene has ever seen. I was a resident at Liquid for a little under two years and am already anxious for what I’m going to do with myself the first Saturday I don’t have the place to play in. In fact the same can be said for many of the people I work with, dj or not. It’s strange to even think of it in those terms; I work with these people. They’re all friends and although we all get paid to be there, there’s no question we all want to be there. There should be a year book or something.

Even beyond the co-workers, there are patrons of the club that we look forward to seeing every weekend. It’s like a hub. We all go gallivanting about the city Monday to Friday and then just instinctively go and meet up at the club, where everyone really does know your name – except it’s much cooler then Cheers (and Cheers was pretty cool). But what happens when that hive disappears?

The premier dj booth (that guests have even been blown away by), lights, and sounds create an absolutely amazing atmosphere and everything’s safe on the dance floor. One of the beauties of the club was in the clientele. It was completely irrelevant what you were – jocks, drag queens, suits, gym bunnies, average Joe’s, geeks, hip hop fans. There was something there for everyone. But something had to bring all these walks of people together. Some single common denominator.

Liquid Ice is a place that really connects the dj to the music, the music to the people, and the people to the dj. Music always actually seemed physical in that place (as Olivia Newton John pop’s into my head). And that’s the magic, making music real and creating that entire experience. I keep thinking that we’re loosing the closest thing to Club 54 this city has ever seen and wonder what will be the last song piped through the speakers.

Of course it will never really be over. Plans are already in the works to launch Liquid Promotions, aiming to recreate everything that Liquid Ice is, just every now ‘n then, instead of it being religious. It is religious in a sense. Initially many of my closest friends thought I was mental when the news hit. But once they understood how it is really a part of your life they got it and they’ll all be there to share the last night the lights go down on Liquid as the sun comes up.

The Liquid Ice Closing Party will feature the talents of residents m0xY, Leo van Ulden, Mike Taylor and Electro along side feature favorites Deko-ze (Toronto), Sydney Blu (Toronto), and Dayhota (Los Angeles).

Last Lines From Liquid

With too many wanting the last word, here’s some last will and testaments from past ‘n present staff, dj’s and hardcore peeps that have partied at Liquid Ice:

I survived Liquid Ice – from Start to Finish, and will miss all the fun times in between. From being a Candy Raver to being the first Light Jockey, I will forever have Liquid love for all the staff and friends made there.
– Freddy

I hereby leave one blue sharpie; clipboard and fanny pack fulla cash to Gina Johnson.
– Krissy