A chat with Arlo about raves, identity and of course their favorite Montreal spots!


We sat with our gentle rave-loving apprentice to chat about who they are outside of work. What they love about dancing through the night and how they've changed in the last few years.

Tell us a fun fact about you...

I was born in Russia, but adopted here in Quebec!

How did you fall so in love with raves?

When I discovered techno, I started going to Datcha a lot to dance and I fell in love with the crowd. Eventually going to raves and loving the variety of people I met there. A lot of people in the rave scene are also activists, and the history of nightlife is very queer which really helped me come into myself. The dance floor is a safe space to express whoever you are or want to be without judgment.

How has being in a rave scene affected your self-expression?

It’s helped me understand more about human connection and become more comfortable in my skin. It moved me to accept myself as a non-binary trans person, and going clubbing alone helped me develop a self-confidence I never had.

How would you describe who you were before raves and after?

Growing up, I always felt like the black sheep; I went to a private school and grew up around a strict, upper-class heteronormative family. That made me very existential. But now I’m much more introspective and have a much more positive outlook on life.

After Berlin, I learned to love myself for who I am, I stopped giving a fuck, and thanks to my chosen family, I feel accepted for who I am.”

What's a common misconception people have about you?

That I'm tough!! But really it’s just my aesthetic. I’m a Sagittarius but all I want to do is make people laugh!

"With clients, I think my softness reassures people. They often open up to me and it becomes like a therapy session.  I love sharing books, movies, playlists, and anything really. I love letting people express themselves freely.”

Have you always been a people person?

Yeah, I love getting to know clients and building a relationship. I'm one of those weird people who actually like saying hi to people I know on the street!

Where do you like to go out in Montreal?

Champs, I love since it’s been queer-ified.

I’m often at Darling, lots of time spent there over the years.

Nouvelle Establishment is fun at night!

And lately, I’ve been shopping at Common Sort.

Meet Arlo by booking at appointment with them here, or check out our full Google Map list of suggestions to discover Montreal.