On Thursday, November 28, Hennessy Artistry celebrated music in style at Montreal’s New City Gas. Many of the evening’s artists came together for the first time, conjuring up different sounds and eras through their live performances. Nothing but today’s hottest talents to accompany the world’s most distinguished cognac. The Montreal-based KALMUNITY VIBE COLLECTIVE got the crowd on their feet with their eclectic mix of rhythms: funk, dub, soul, jazz, blues and rap.
“This was an amazing night of music and blending! We’re proud we were able to bring a new flavour to New City Gas. Like Hennessy, we enjoy a good mix of styles, genres and artists, and it’s even better when our music can support a cause: helping Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan,” said one of the members of the COLLECTIVE after their set.
All evening, $1 per drink went to L’Œuvre Léger, an organization providing assistance to victims of the devastation in the Philippines. By the end of the night, $1,000 had been collected for the cause. The crowd of nearly 500 people who packed New City Gas that night were also treated to the sounds of three Montreal DJs who took turns behind the turntables until midnight. Teddy Flores, who comes from a family of DJs, was the first one up and got the crowd on their feet within minutes. “The crowd was fantastic and their response was incredible,” he said. Just back from Thailand, the talented DJ Sandy Duperval also impressed Montreal’s elite with her soul and R&B grooves. “I feel like I’m coming home, and Hennessy is giving me this opportunity to re-energize myself here in Montreal before I head off to mix around the world again,” said the DJ, who has been spinning tunes since 2002.