Volume 96, Issue 55
Monday January 6, 2003

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Best of Arts
& Leisure

The Gazette's
Best of London

Best of Food
Best Chinese food at 3 a.m.
Best hangover breakfast
Best ice cream
Best lunch at a strip club
Best milkshake
Best mussels
Best pizza
Best place to get a sandwich
Best Portuguese chicken
Best selection of draft beer
Best sugar high
Best vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurant

Best of Arts & Leisure
Best arcade
Best DJ
Best driving range
Best live venue
Best local band
Best place to buy clothes someone may or may not have died in
Best place to do tobagganing
Best place to have a gay ol' time
Best place to light a spliff
Best place to pick up a cougar
Best place to see a Scottish man in leather pants
Best place to watch pigskin fly
Best street performer
Best Sunday hoedown
Best selection of magazines and vinyl
Best tattoo/piercing place
Best used book store
Best used CD store

Best of the Rest
Best all-purpose sex shop
Best cabbie for drunken conversation
Best gym
Best hair salon
Best place to buy a creative gift
Best place to buy house accessories
Best place to buy long, striped knee-socks
Best place to buy men's dressy clothes
Best place to drop dead
Best place to find a unicorn
Best place to get a pet
Best place to plot a revolution
Best place to pretend you're in London, England
Best place to pretend you're not in a city
Best place to rent costumes

Best on Campus
Best custodian in the UCC
Best female athlete
Best makeout/study spot on campus
Best male athlete of all time
Best on-campus meal
Best on campus meal for $5
Best on-campus napping site
Best on-campus Tim Hortons lady
Best place to cry
Best place to photocopy a textbook
Best place to spend the most money on the least amount of food
Best place to stand in line
Best residence to party, sleep, and study
Least worst student politician

Best DJ
DJ Andycapp

Jordan Poppenk /Gazette

Despite being named after a drunken, wife-beating cartoon character, Andy Hicks (aka DJ Andycapp) actually comes off as a pretty nice guy. He saves his aggression for his turntables, which he's been spinning for nearly a decade, and reveals that his love affair with vinyl began when he was about 14-years-old. "When I was younger, the only way to get certain music was on vinyl, so I had no other options and [eventually I] built up a huge collection and then I got my first gig when I was 19," he says. An enduring presence on London's fledging club scene, Hicks mixes everything from R&B to funk to trip-hop every Friday night at the Bacchus Lounge. He places emphasis on music he deems "soulful," but is hesitant to define this term. "It could be anything. It could be rock. Classical is [soulful], country is too. It's just [whatever's] meaningful to you," he explains. Hicks co-owns and co-manages Soul Choice, an urban clothing and record store downtown, and plays frequent club gigs at parties and fashion shows around London, while maintaining his Friday night residency called DOWN! at the Bacchus. Although he has earned quite a following as a DJ in London over the years, Hicks is quick to suggest the DJ scene is suffering in The Forest City. "It's pretty bad right now," he says, "Partly due to a lack of venues and also [because] the DJ thing has kind of played itself out a bit." He also points out that London has many overall drawbacks and limitations as a city. "It's really white and conservative and people do what they're told," he exclaims with great chagrin. Then why is he still here instead of moving to a larger metropolis? "If I went to Toronto, I would have to start all over again," he admits. "[In London], I'm surrounded by whatever the underground is, so that's why I feel comfortable - I surround myself with it." With his obvious intelligence and slick skills behind the turntables, DJ Andycapp is a beacon of hope that suggests London's conservative spirit can still be turned on its head after all.
-Maggie Wrobel