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Growing up in the sleeper town of Cambridge, Ontario, Eric Downer was introduced to electronic music at a young age by his uncle. Early sonic excursions were comprised of mix edits on his dad’s dual cassette deck and CD hi-fi, focusing on tiny bits of sound using a combo pause button/jog wheel stutter approach. Access to late night radio and a few well stocked record stores saw that he was collecting music as soon as his first paycheck was in hand.

Moving to London, Ontario, Eric found work in a record shop being paid exclusively in vinyl. London, at the time, was booming with the right mix of people (Caulfield, Pete Grove, Repair- to name a few). Gigs with peers and well-known headliners both from the vicinity and abroad took place in a variety of locations from galleries to clubs, to people’s basements. The influence of his peers at the time buttressed his creative inspiration and ensured forward momentum.

The mid 1990’s saw Downer make the move to Toronto and partake in large-scale underground events hosted by Transcendance, Alien Visitation, Ritual & Industry Nightclub among others. This opened him up to many venues across the whole of the city from gritty, decrepit slaughterhouses, to derelict warehouses, out to the forests and beaches, onto tall sailing ships and back to the nightclubs and more intimate nightspots. Gigging alongside many of the peers he met in London, he was also billed with many other luminaries of the techno, ambient and house spheres while holding down various residencies and hosting his own events as Sensor.

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