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Hailing from Serbia via Vancouver, Toronto-based DJ and singer-songwriter Martina Kiridzija is better known by her stage name, Gimmemar. With a penchant for style, fashion, and a love of music that spans genres and decades, Martina’s creative journey has naturally taken many turns. We ask for tips on the best places to dance and get her unique take on creative influences.

How did you become a performer?

I’ve explored many creative outlets over the years including wardrobe styling, DJ’ing, singing, writing, and dancing. I wouldn’t call myself a performer although being an artist and living life through a creative lens has always been a priority to me. DJ’ing was a natural choice of genuine interest and has helped me become comfortable in entertaining people through curating music and exchanging energy. It has also enhanced my knowledge and understanding of the type of music I desire to create.

What are your biggest influences, musical or otherwise?

I am influenced by many artists from a variety of genres, eras, cultures and occupations. I am a very visual person so films and images are a big source of influence to me. Hip Hop, soul, jazz, fashion magazines, and good conversations inspire me. I love the seventies and nineties particularly. Anything raw, authentic, and kinda weird is likely to influence me! A list of specific names would run too long…

Where are some of the best nights in Toronto that aren’t necessarily on the radar? 

My favorite venue would be The Drake Underground. Shows are intimate and they’ve recently renovated so it has beautiful lighting and a good sound system. My go-to venues for partying and dancing are Apt 200, The Shop 1566, Socialite, or SoSo Food Club for Kuruza-hosted nights. Sometimes the best nights to go out are Thursdays or Sundays.

What are your favorite things to do with visitors to the city?

Kensington Market is always a great place to take visitors. You can stroll around while getting food, shopping vintage or going for drinks. Cold Tea is a great (sort of hidden) spot for drinks and snacks, especially the day parties on Sundays during the summer. Visiting the AGO is always inspiring.

Do you have anything exciting on the radar in 2019 that you can tell us about?

No specific plans other than working on music (production, writing, singing), DJ’ing and hopefully some travel! I plan to have my second EP out in the next couple months along with some single releases before then. I have a monthly DJ residency at Apt 200 and Soho House which are always really fun but aside from that, it’s a random and spontaneous rotation of gigs every week!

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