For the second iteration of the 'After Dark' party series, cabaret bar Vol de Nuit set the stage for a night of transition and cultural exchange

Last Thursday, Document traveled to Montreal to celebrate the start of spring with Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, with a slate of DJ talents that are veterans of the city’s creative scene: Martyn Bootyspoon, Esther Côté, and duo Blue Hawaii. Staged in the Plateau, a neighborhood at the nexus of Quebecois history and McGill University-powered nightlife, the event marked the second iteration of the After Dark party series, which premiered in February during New York Fashion Week.

It was a unifying event for the city’s nightlife, fashion, and media scenes. NYC-based lighting designers Nitemind transformed cabaret bar Vol de Nuit into a ravey iteration of the Red Room from Twin Peaks. A smart cocktail list and food provided by the cult-hit pizza shop Fuggazi accompanied sets by the DJs, who played until well past 2 a.m.

“We dropped two hours of fast-paced bangers while Ra [Raphaelle Standell-Preston] sang,” reflects Alex Kirby, one half of Blue Hawaii. “We got to put on YSL lipstick, eat poutine, and meet all the fabulous folks of Montreal to celebrate the new edition of Document Journal. Best night of the year so far!”

The crowd answered the fashion call with a resounding yes, appropriate for a party conceived in collaboration with Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, Montreal’s most prominent name in luxury retailing. Beyond the glamor, the event marked a moment of transition—perhaps the last opportunity for the rare kind of connection that comes with the end of cold weather, underpinned by the promise of spring to come.

The complete stream from all performers will be live on Shift Radio shortly.