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SOUND SEEKERS: Taco tunes — hipster hangout gets hipper and hipper with this week’s guest chef Joe Juarez from Canvas

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Trevor Walker, Joe Juarez, and Martin Villeneuve will be reliving the Atomic Nightclub days at this Sunday's Chefs Playground at TacoLot.

TacoLot is not just a converted West Wellie shack offering quick eats; it’s practically a movement. It’s the place where trendy folks congregate as it perfectly mixes high and low culture to create a sense of unintentional irony. Hipsters love that.

Want food snobbery? You’ll find it here when guest chefs come to prepare a special taco every Sunday in support of their favourite charity. Want reference to the hip ‘hood of yore (as in Hintonburg B.G. — before gentrification)? You are in the right spot when you’re at TacoLot — it’s located on the site of an old car lot and serves as a visual reminder of pre-trendy ‘hood zoning rules.

That big old lot is just begging for a block-party-style bash and Joe Juarez, who cooks at Canvas on Holland Avenue and has been a floor-filling DJ since the days of Atomic Nightclub (’97-’01), has the right idea. This Sunday, he’s the guest cook at Chefs Playground at TacoLot from noon to 3 p.m. Juarez will prepare a panko’d white fish taco with napa cabbage and daikon radish slaw. He’ll top his dishes with a coriander-based tartar sauce and a ginger chipotle maple chili sauce. The dish will be available for around 10 bucks with proceeds going to CHEO. Juarez’s DJ pals Trevor Walker and Martin Villeneuve will set up their decks on site playing some “uplifting, happy, groovy, Sunday-afternoon house music,” Juarez says. The trio of DJs are original Atomic Nightclub residents. The old rave club on Besserer Street brought together a group of people in the glow-stick era. While many of those people stopped clubbing, Juarez hopes they’ll come back to reunite with their old pals on Sunday afternoon.

Juarez deftly mixes his two careers: cooking and DJing. Last year, me and Craig Conoley of Partus Films prepared a piece on his work called Mad Platters, which you can check out here.

Find details on this week’s Chefs Playground here.

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