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  • HIP-HOP KARAOKE  
    July 28

    HIP-HOP KARAOKE

    HOSTED 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 3  
    July 31

    TACOS + BOURBON + CHOKE HOLDS ROUND 3

    NATIVE 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 MARVEL  
    August 3

    SMALLTOWN SUNDAY BEST with DJ MARVEL

    CARL 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***  
    August 9

    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  
    August 10

    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.

    Time: 1pm-6pm
    Admission: $3

  • 10 at 10  
    August 13

    10 at 10

    A 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 NIGHT  
    August 14

    CALGARY DROP-IN CENTRE SILENT AUCTION & CLUB NIGHT

    with 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 TOUR  
    September 14

    eMC CANADIAN TOUR

    MASTA 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.

     

  • CONSTANTINES with GUESTS  
    October 9

    CONSTANTINES with GUESTS

    A deluxe 11th anniversary reissue of the Constantines' Shine A Light LP was released by You’ve Changed Records (Canada) and Sub Pop Records (World-wide) on Tuesday, June 10th. A new vinyl master was cut for the reissue. The original gatefold artwork from the 2003 release was re-photographed to reflect its age and the past 11 years of neglect in dank basements.

    Named one of the top 200 records of the 2000s by Pitchfork and often cited as one of the best Canadian records ever, this legendary album has been out of print since 2007. The deluxe LP is packaged with a bonus 7” containing three Shine A Light era B-sides. For more information, visit: http://youvechangedrecords.com/

    These are the Constantines' first live shows since 2009.

  • BUCK 65 with GUESTS ***EARLY SHOW***  
    November 13

    BUCK 65 with GUESTS ***EARLY SHOW***

    TOOTH BLACKNER PRESENTS

    Ricardo Terfry is Buck 65. He’s from Mt. Uniacke, Nova Scotia, which qualifies technically as the middle of nowhere. When he started making music, he was terrified that his friends would find out about it and kick his ass. That was a long time ago. In the last 20 years, he has released and given away more than 20 albums and countless other stray songs.

    Buck 65 travels the world alone and collects books and movies and stories that haven’t been told yet. What he has seen has depressed and inspired him.

    Buck 65′s music started out as hip hop. There’s still a strong whiff of that tradition, but it has evolved into something else. Sometimes it sounds rural. Sometimes it sounds like something fished out of a drain pipe. He wishes it sounded like a Terrence Malick film or a Max Ernst painting. Now no one knows what to call it.

    Buck 65 has kissed Pamela Anderson, danced with Feist, recorded with Tortoise and played air hockey with Guy Maddin. He has made music for films – from a documentary about long-haul trucking to a French porno.

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