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SOUND SEEKERS: Timekode dance party finds new home

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DJ Zattar spins at Timekode, a monthly dance party, which recently found its new home for 2014 at Café Nostalgia

Timekode, the long-running monthly rec-room style dance party, moves to a new location starting this Friday. DJs Zattar, Memetic, and Eric Roberts will spin retro-soul, house and dance music at the recently renovated Café Nostalgica (601 Cumberland St.) on March 21.

That’s where Timekode originally launched nine years ago. The DJ trio later moved the party over to the Eri Café on Somerset Street West, which operated as an Eritrean restaurant. The cafe turned into a late-night dance club on the third Friday of each month when it became Timekode’s clubhouse. The party attracted a long lineup of revelers looking for a sweaty dance floor bash.

Earlier this year, the Timekode DJs got word that the café owners would not be renewing their lease, so Zattar and Memetic went looking for a new location. Timekode went on hiatus for two months until they could sort out the paperwork.

DJ Zattar (Alexandre Mattar) says Nostalgica, a café run by the University of Ottawa’s graduate students association, is comparable in size to the Eri Café with a large dance area and a good sound system. It has a large patio close to the dance floor for spillover crowds looking for fresh air. The open-concept space has a bar that runs the length of the room.

DJ Memetic (Kwende Kefentse) says Timekode has a cast of regulars that have been coming since the event started in 2005. “People come for the music and not for our personal reputations, but for the reputation of the event.”

The DJs are calling tomorrow’s event Timekode 3.0 and telling regulars to come “back to the future” on their Facebook page. Retro-futuristic sounds make up much of the playlist at Timekode; it’s the push and pull of old and new sounds that gives the evening its unexpected pace. You can hear a sampling of those sounds on this EP that DJs Zattar and Memetic released a while back in celebration of their eighth anniversary of Timekode.

Timekode: New location (Café Nostalgica), same date (third Friday of the month), same time (10 p.m.), same deal ($5 cover). timekode.com

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