RED BULL THRE3STYLE WEST REGIONAL QUALIFERwith HEDSPIN, FOUR COLOR ZACK & SMALLTOWN DJs
The world's largest DJ competition will return to Canada this summer, with Calgary playing host to the Red Bull Thre3style West Regional Qualifier on July 20, 2014 at Commonwealth. 8 DJ's from Western Canada will be squaring-off, with the top 3 heading to Vancouver for the National Finals on July 26, 2014. Featuring headlining performances from 2012 Thre3style World Champion Hedspin (Canada) and 2013 Thre3style Champion Four Color Zack (USA).
Competitors: Charly Hustle, DJ C-Sik, Heebz, Ivan Rankic, Jamil the DJ, Kato, Nick Bike, DJ Quartz
WELCOME TO DILLAVILLE W/ BIZARRE RIDE LIVE FEAT: SLIMKID3 & FATLIP (OF PHARCYDE) & SLUM VILLAGEPRESENTED BY 10@10 CALGARY
Bizarre Ride Live: Founding and former Pharcyde members Fatlip and Slimkid3 along with Bizarre Ride Producers J-Sw!ft & LA Jay.
Delicious Vinyl co-founder Michael Ross, who signed the Pharcyde and executive produced Bizarre Ride come together. Legendary west coast graffiti artist SLICK, who designed the rollercoaster-themed album cover and iconic logo, is art-directing the stage design.
Says Michael Ross, "I have always wanted the band to perform this record in its entirety, but heads have never been on the same page. Finally, me and J-Swift decided to take matters into our own hands and put the celebratory performance into motion. We got Fatlip and SlimKid3, plus J-Sw!ft will be on the piano and LA Jay on the tables. I'm sure Quinton will make an appearance, and who knows who else! What better way to celebrate the album than performing it live for the fans. It's gonna be Bizarre for sure. 4 Better or 4 Worse."
Slum Village: Chances are, if you are anywhere near the Detroit music scene, you have heard of the influential hip hop trio that makes up Slum Village. The group was founded in the early 90′s by 3 childhood friends: Baatin, T3, rapper and producer J Dilla, who all grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI. After leaving Pershing High School, the trio began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally went by the name Ssenepod.
With a growing momentum now cemented in the underground, the group took on a forward trajectory toward bigger and better things, and in 1991 changed their name to Slum Village. J Dilla joined the production team known as The Ummah, which produced the two last A Tribe Called Quest studio albums, as well as hits for a number of R&B and hip hop musicians, and in 1996, they recorded their first album Vol. 1″ , recorded in Dillas basement and RJ Rice Studios, it was critically acclaimed in the Detroit underground scene. It later found its way into the hands of A Tribe Called Quest’s own Q-Tip, who played it for some of hip hop’s elite, such as Busta Rhymes, Questlove, and D’angelo. This fruitful alliance led to an opening gig for A Tribe Called Quest on their Farewell tour in 1998.
HIP-HOP KARAOKEHOSTED BY APEFACE & ILL MOVEMENTS
We're going to be doing it up big once a month with hosts APEFACE and ILL MOVEMENTS.
The format for HHK is straightforward, and designed to create a positive environment for guests and performers alike. Starting at 10 pm, we run 'sets' of 4-5 people every 15-20 minutes with the DJ spinning in between to keep things poppin off. We want this to be an inclusive and un-intimidating event, that embraces more than the usual freestyle backpacker open mic type cats. We hope to get lots of these proper emcees out, but more importantly draw all the closet hip hop heads out to share that track they kill in the shower every morning. So rally your crew, get your shit together and come to a unique and super bumpin party.
Email HHK@commonwealthbar.ca for more info or to sign up.
TACOS + BOURBON + CHOKE HOLDS ROUND 3NATIVE TONGUES POP-UP GRAND FINALE
Tacos and luchadores are hitting the club again!
Native Tongues is closing up their pop-up at Commonwealth and to say goodbye they're throwing a weird and wild grand finale party on July 31st and you want won’t to miss out. Just like their grand opening, Commonwealth will be hosting a stadium style event and the dance floor will be cleared to make room for an epic-wrestling match. The night will feature high-flying, death dropping entertainment as a rowdy bunch of Calgary Stampede wrestlers do battle with some loco luchadores. Plan to arrive early to get your fill of tacos and to grab a good spot ringside. Doors will be open at 7 pm and the matches will start at 8 pm sharp so no lollygagging!
The last events sold out weeks in advance so don’t wait to purchase your tickets this time.
The Native Tongues Taqueria is slated to open later this year in Victoria Park neighborhood and is one of the most anticipated new restaurants to hit the food scene in 2014. The taqueria will be serving the same great menu items and will feature a wicked selection of brown liquor and old-school hip-hop every day of the week.
Follow @nativetonguesyyc on Twitter to stay in the know.
SMALLTOWN SUNDAY BEST with DJ MARVELCARL CASSIDY & FOOD BY NATIVE TONGUES EARLY IN THE LOUNGE
Michael Henry, better known as DJ Marvel, began deejaying as a hobby just after high school. Drawing inspiration from the movie Juice and it's depiction of hip-hop culture, he knew he wanted to be involved with this movement in any way possible. “I tried my hand in all the elements, but deejaying seemed to develop naturally. Watching crowds react to the music I loved to play solidified for me that this was wanted I wanted to do for a living.”
Marvel’s broad tastes are evident at his trendsetting nightclub residencies where you’ll hear everything from Hip Hop to Dance to Motown. He’s also been billed alongside artists such as Lil Jon, Slum Village, South Rakkas Crew, Cosmo Baker, Z-Trip, Nas, Drake and the late DJ AM. When Marvel isn’t performing he stays busy doing various guest mixes & creating original tracks. He has recently been featured on Mick Boogie and Terry Urban’s Press Play Show on Shade 45 (Sirius/XM), Straight Goods on The Beat 94.5 (Vancouver), and the Truth Mix Show on Flow 93.5 (Toronto). In addition, Marvel's DJ-edits & remixes can often be heard in other DJ's sets around the world.
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BADBADNOTGOOD with GUESTS ***EARLY SHOW***PRESENTED BY UNION EVENTS
BADBADNOTGOOD is a formally trained trio of young musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since first meeting at music school in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken a fresh look at the jazz tradition by setting their sights on the future.
With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator, the band released their first EP BBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a new take on the traditional "standard" applied to the hip hop songbook; writing inspired arrangements for golden era classics instead of one-dimensional covers.
The band hit a landmark when introducing original material into their compositions with BBNG2 in 2012. New songs like "Rotten Decay", "Vices" or "UWM" carried on the proud heritage of musical juxtaposition by bringing together jazz, hip hop, punk, and dance music into vigorous balance. Since then, they've won praise from the four corners of the globe and collaborated with Bootsy Collins, RZA, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, MF Doom, and Danny Brown among many. Their notorious live performances have brought fans across the whole musical spectrum together, taking the band around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury.
COMMONWEALTH COLLECTORS CLUB
Commonwealth Collectors Club, is happening again featuring vintage clothing, local art, handmade jewelry, records and other interesting knick-knacks, our curated market has something for everyone; including most of the original vendors from previous editions as well as some new great talent. DJs will be spinning records and the bar will be serving up mimosa’s, so there's no better way to start off your Sunday! And with a portion of proceeds going to charity, it’s guilt free for your conscience.
10 at 10A HIP HOP SHOWCASE OF BEATS AND RHYMES
At its root, 10 at 10 is a monthly hip-hop music showcase where 10 artists perform 10 minute sets starting at 10 PM. However, in the 3 years since its inception it has become the leading platform for building the hip-hop community in Calgary through Events, Promotion and Philanthropy. Their motto is #letsBuild, and that's exactly what they aim to do.
CALGARY DROP-IN CENTRE SILENT AUCTION & CLUB NIGHTwith DJ HEEBZ || DJ C-SIK || DJ REECE
On August 14th 2014 Commonwealth is hosting a fundraiser that will support The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society- The DI. 100% of tickets sales and funds raised at the event will go towards The DI’s Meal Program. Each dollar raised ensures a delicious and nutritious meal is served. The goal is $3,000 ensuring 3000 hot meals served to homeless Calgarians.
The DI, is the compassionate voice for the marginalized, disenfranchised and homeless population of our city. Regardless of the circumstances leading to their current situation, we want to be of service, without judgment, and to provide programs and support for individuals to move forward with their lives. Here are a few of our life saving programs and services: medical services, shelter beds, affordable housing, hygiene services, hot meals, counselling, Computers for Low-Income Calgarians, clothing services, training and certifications, computer learning, employment opportunities, 2/47 security, storage, furniture program and volunteer programs.
eMC CANADIAN TOURMASTA ACE, WORDSWORTH, STRICKLIN AND PUNCHLINE
Great rhymes plus great beats equals great music! This is the formula that any hip-hop artist truly dedicated to their craft should choose to live by. The hip-hop world is constantly looking for a breath of fresh air. Well hip-hop fans need to look no further. Take a deep breath, inhale and become intoxicated by the sounds of the super-group eMC!
Formed in 2007, eMC is comprised of four spectacular lyricists: the Milwaukee born phenom Stricklin, the widely respected NYC duo and “Lyricist Lounge” emcees Punchline & Wordsworth and the legendary Brooklyn-bred, former Juice Crew member Masta Ace.
From the Blog
Thursday 2/2 at 7:00PM
w/ DJ HEEBZ & APEFACE
Friday 2/3 at 7:00PM
w/ DISORIENTAL (upstairs) & TEDDY CELEBRATION (downstairs)
Saturday 2/4 at 7:00PM
w/ IVAN RANKIC & DJ HEEBZ (upstairs) & ROY LT (downstairs)
Sunday 11/3 at 7:00PM
with CARL CASSIDY