IAN ANDRE ESPINET ENTERTAINMENT: AN OVERVIEW
Ian Andre Espinet Entertainment is a young dynamic company with a mandate to provide quality, theme oriented and safe entertainment to the Urban community. Now in its 9th year, the company has grown into Canada's leading urban nightclub and promotions entity. As such, it has produced or co-produced hundreds of events, playing host to tens of thousands of patrons and numerous celebrities from the GTA, the United States and worldwide during events such as the annual Caribana [TM] festivities.
Ian Andre Espinet began his journey in the Urban entertainment scene as founder of Black Star Graphic Design and Communications, Canada's Leading Urban Graphic Design Studio, and brings more than a 10 year proven marketing track record to the Urban entertainment scene. He has worked for virtually every significant promotional entity, DJ, community organization and event planner in Toronto, as well as many from across Canada and throughout the States.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS ~ AMNESIA
In 1999, he partnered with the country's number one urban club and radio DJ, Mark G, better known as DJ Starting from Scratch and underground sensation, Jason Chambers of the Attitude Soundcrew. They decided that the Urban entertainment scene in Toronto was lacking something - substance.
The inaugural Amnesia event took place in September 1999 in response to the fact that the club scene in Toronto failed to play music outside of the parameters of that which was current. As such, certain musical genres were found neglected – almost as though DJs and patrons had AMNESIA. Armed with musical knowledge, Amnesia began with a mandate to play Classic House and Old School, and today has grown to encompass New Jack Swing, Classic Slow Jams, and Retro which including 70s and 80s television themes packaged as Scratch’s Honky Hits. Since it’s humble beginnings in Toronto’s Granite Lounge, where it played host to a hundred and fifty friends Amnesia has gone on to produce over 100 unique events including boat cruises, roller skating all-nighters, old school dress up events and Pajama Jammy Jams - in the process playing host to over 100,000 patrons in dozens of venues, while often collecting food for the homeless.
Attaining legendary status and creating a phenomenonal resurgence of old school and retro nationwide, Amnesia celebrated its 8 year anniversary in September 2007 with a surprise guest performance by Canadian old school hip hop act The Dream Warriors, and the iconic 80's group Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam before yet another sold out crowd at Toronto's Koolhaus. Past surprise anniversary guests have included hip hop icons MC Lyte, Special Ed, Greg Nice, CL Smooth, and Chubb Rock, house and dance acts Ten City (featuring Byron Stingly), CeCe Peniston, and Canadian mainstays Maestro Fresh Wes, Michee Mee, and the T-Dot All-Stars featuring Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Choclair, Ro Dolla and Solitair as well as dance crews Bag-A-Trix and DoDat Dance Agency. Due to its euphoric music selection, theme based and costume parties, roller skating events, pajama jams, boat cruises and the such, almost 9 years after it's inception, Amnesia has achieved near legendary status to music enthusiasts nationwide, becoming the focus of print and internet articles and even the backdrop for Much Music's urban programming, appearing in episodes of RapCity and MuchVibe.
2005 marked yet another milestone, as the Amnesia team became the first ever EVENT to sign to a major recording label deal in Canada. In September 2006, they would release of Amnesia: The Old School Album (IN STORES NATIONWIDE at HMV, Music World, Sunrise) on Universal Records. Boasting over 70 minutes of Old School mixed by Canada's top DJs - Starting from Scratch and Attitude Sound Crew, the album was a runaway success taking retail by surprise.
This however, was simply the beginning. Since then, Ian Andre Espinet Entertainment has gone on to enter all facets of nightlife entertainment - weekly, long weekend, special events, and even niche areas such as the emerging Soca/Calypso market. In 2006, the company added concerts to its already massive roster of events.
Whether involved as a team member, individually, or in a combined role, Ian Andre Espinet has been involved in some capacity in many of the major successful club events presented in the Urban market over the past 9 years in the city's most beautiful clubs.
AT A GLANCE:
Founded in September 1999, IAN ANDRE ESPINET ENTERTAINMENT has grown into Toronto's leading and most trusted name in Urban nightclub and special event promotions servicing nightclub patrons in the 19-35 age demographic.
In the process, the company has produced over 400 unique nightclub events for specific age and musical demographics.
These events include the now legendary Amnesia Old School party; weekly parties such as Trilogy (a 2 year running Saturday night weekly at Toronto's Kajmere nightclub), "Soulful Fridays" at Lucid (One of Canada's largest ; Long Weekend parties such as X-Factor and ICON; monthly events such as Soul Kitchen, and niche market events such as Big People Fete and B-Boy Document in the emerging soca/calypso and hip hop markets respectively...
The company has played host to R&B/Soul Icons, Hip Hop Icons Amnesia's Annual Anniversary has boasted surprise guest performances for 5 years including:
Dwele ~ Full 8 Piece Band [3 Year Anniversary [Dec. 2006 ~ Level Nightclub]
Jon B . ~ Acoustic Set - 3 piece band [2007 - Docks]
Ray Robinson ~ Boat Cruise [2007 ~ Enterprise 2000]
Glenn Lewis ~ Full 8 Piece Band [4 Year Anniversary ~ Dec. 2007 ~ Tonic Nightclub] w/ special guest Kardinal
Tevin Campbell [February 2009 ~ Blvd Room]
Case ~ [June 19th 2009 ~ Level Nightclub]
Jon B. ~ Acoustic - 3 piece band [February 2010 - Docks]
Dru Hill - Jazz, Tao, Nokio, Sisqo ~ April 2010 ~ Home Theatre
Carl Thomas ~ [August 2010 ~ Home Theatre]
Boot Camp Clique featuring Buckshot [Blackmoon]
Smif and Wessun ~ The Berkeley Church
Slum Village [Baatin & T3] with full band & special guest Phat Kat ~ Tonic Nightclub
The 2007 Stylus DJ Awards 3 Turntable showcase with special guest performance by Greg Nice
Maestro Fresh Wes
~ 3 Year Anniversary: The Legendary Party Centre ~ Sept. 2002
Greg Nice [Nice & Smooth]
Michee Mee, Maestro
Do Dat Dance Troup
~ 4 Yr Anniversary: Koolhaus ~ Sept. 2003
Ten City [feat. Byron Stingley]
Tdot Allstars (Saukrates, Kardi, Choclair, Ro, Solitaire]
~ 5 Yr Anniversary: Koolhaus ~ Sept. 2004
Cl Smooth [Pete Rock & CL Smooth]
~ 6 Year Anniversary: Koolhaus Entertainment Complex ~ Sept. 2005
~ 7 Year Anniversary: Koolhaus Entertainment Complex ~ Sept. 2006
Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam
~ 8 Year Anniversary: Koolhaus Entertainment Complex ~ Sept. 2007
Naughty By Nature
~ 9 Year Anniversary: Koolhaus Entertainment Complex ~ Sept. 2008
Nice & Smooth
Belle Biv Devoe
~ 10 Year Anniversary: Koolhaus Entertainment Complex ~ Sept. 2009
Big People Fete: