DJ Gury Gury (Gary Verrinder) discovered Salsa music while living and studying Spanish in la Habana Cuba. “I lived on the same street as the legendary el Tosco of NG la Banda and would wake up every afternoon listening to the sounds of their rehearsal" says Gury Gury. This inspired him to become involved in the world of Latin music.
He discovered his passion as a DJ, in his basement in the early 80's mixing Duran Duran songs on a 2 track. In 1986 after forming the legendary Toronto Punk Rock label X Records, Gary began an internship on CHRY 105.5 FM out of York University. After numerous shows and promotions Gary X, as he was known then, became the music director in 1989. He remained in that position until 1994 when he also gave up his show and other club DJing duties to travel the world.
Upon returning to Canada in 2001 the Salsa bug had bitten Gury. On May 1st 2003 he started a radio program on CFRU 93.3 FM called Viejoteca.
Viejoteca is Canada’s number one Salsa radio program and is listened to around the globe via the internet by more than 100 000 people a week. Since then Gury Gury has been asked to be the resident DJ at the E-Bar in Guelph Ontario Canada. The Latin Fiesta at the E-Bar has been recognized as the premier Salsa night in the area by Echo Magazine and at 9 years is the longest running Salsa night in the area.
He is the founder of the Salsa Ethica movement, as well as the popular local festival the Northern Salsa Experience. In 2009 he also founded Salsa Clandestina. In September of 2006 Gury Gury launched his 24 hour online radio station at Live365.com network. Gury Gury has also been responsible for bringing some great live music to the Guelph region; acts such as Bio Ritmo, Bryan Vargas, Cache, Salsatika, Son Ache, Cassava and many more. He was the music director for the Guelph Multicultural Festival in 2004-2006 and has been a performer for the Guelph Jazz Festival since 2004.
DJ Gury Gury has also DJ'ed at various other events in Colombia (Nuestra Herencia-Cali, Tin Tin Deo-Cali), England (Salsology-Manchester, 1st Guest DJ for Café Mambo Project-Nottingham, Wharf-Birmingham at the longest running Salsa night in the UK), Spain (Opened for band La Sucursal S.A. at Fiesta La Alegria del Barrio-Barcelona), Toronto (S & M Expo, Toronto Salsa Festival, Opened for Alfredo De La Fe, Opened for Bio Ritmo Canadian Tour among many other events) Montreal, Washington DC (Mambo Scene.com Opening Party)Hamilton, Rochester, New York (Special Guest DJ for Orquesta Dee Jay for their 30 year Anniversary Party), Chicago (Chicago Salsa Festival 2008-2010), Cleveland (Baila Duro), Kitchener and London.
Gury Gury has become an internationally recognized Dj and continues to travel and play special events around the globe.
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