HIP-HOP KARAOKEHOSTED BY RUBIX & ILL MOVEMENTS
We're going to be doing it up big once a month with hosts RUBIX 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.
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.
FAUL with BURCHILL & ROLAND REECE
Faul literally means “lazy“ in German, but that´s definitely not this guys leitmotif. Quite the contrary, this Frenchmen is about go through the roof thanks to his enormous work ethic and studio mastery. But to make his musical impact felt and certainly heard, Maxime does not rely on the typical studio gimmicks, which have polluted international dance-floors.
The French native might use the back door to make his quiet entrance, but once inside, Faul unfolds all his aural beauty by relying on deep sounds and catchy as hell melodies. No distorted basses, overproduced beats or useless drops are used or abused by this up and coming artist. His first tracks Changes and Happy Endings are both soulful and jazzy tunes designed for a picturesque sunset at a beautiful beach.
You could say the 21 year young übertalent composed the perfect soundtrack for a summer blockbuster yet to come. It won´t be long until this man´s time as come, because his smooth as butter fusion of various genres, some of days gone by, some of days to come, is surely the next big thing. Various colleagues from around the globe all represent this excitingly fresh sound and are making their mark.
So clear the annoying moshpit, pack up the silly sit-downs and make way for the ladies, Faul is about to make you dance, dream and enjoy the soul of music in a completely unique and personal way.
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.
HUSH, HUSHwith JOCELYN ALICE, DJ FATROK & FRIENDS
Come find out what Jocelyn Alice & DJ Fatrok have been working on... They've got secrets...
7pm-9pm in the basement. $10 cover.
BLACKALICIOUS with GUESTSPRESENTED BY TIMBRE CONCERTS, HIP-HOP CANADA & COMMONWEALTH BAR & STAGE
It’s one thing to make enduring records, another still to work with luminaries in multiple fields. Another thing still to treat the rhyme not only as a piece of poetry, but to play with the aesthetics of language in ways that represent the voice as a unique instrument in and of itself. Blackalicious do all of these things, and as evidenced by the reissue of 1993’s Melodica, they have been doing these things for years. Originally released exclusively on cassette, Melodica is being reissued digitally for the first time. It’s a vital document of the group’s progression towards their eventual position as lords of the West Coast Underground, Gift of Gab twisting his words with aplomb, his lyrics more carefree than his later work. Chief Xcel’s beats, meanwhile, tread the same funky, lighthearted waters as many of his left-field contemporaries, but everything on Melodica is coated in a murky scuzz that, somewhat conversely to logic, could place the EP alongside much of today’s weird, lo-fi hip-hop. As an added treat, Melodica contains “Changes,” an unreleased cut produced in part by one DJ Shadow, who joins forces withBlackalicious producer Chief Xcel to offer dusty drum loops and subtle, textured samples that would offer a glimpse into much of Shadow’s later work. In an era where hip-hop devolves into half-baked facsimile with alarming regularity, Melodica serves as a reminder that the true school will always triumph over the bullshit.
SHIP2SHIP TOUR w/ DESTRUCTO, MOTEZ, ANNA LUNOE & T. WILLIAMSPRESENTED BY THE HIFI CLUB
Destructo began DJing and producing undergrounds in the early 90s in Los Angeles, most notably creating RaveAmerica at Knotts Berry Farm. Rick Rubin subsequently handpicked Gary for A&R in electronic music at Def American Recordings, launching a noteworthy career with such acts as Lords of Acid, Messiah, David Holmes, Basement Jaxx, Dub Pistols, God Lives Underwater and founding 1500 Records and Nitrus Records. After carrying his success to the metal world with No Name Mgmt, Destructo returned to his roots in 2007 by creating HARD. HARD events such as the HARD Haunted Mansion have become synonymous with cutting edge electronic music and unforgettable experiences, where the talent rosters reflect Destructo’s own impeccable DJ sets.
KINDNESS with SPECIAL GUESTSPRESENTED BY TIMBRE CONCERTS, THE HIFI CLUB & COMMONWEALTH BAR & STAGE
“I want to give people another choice," says Adam Bainbridge, the artist who records and performs as Kindness. "There's a lot of great, direct contemporary-sounding pop music to choose from, but even the most mainstream of mainstream audiences might also want something that sounds different from time to time. I still love and appreciate pop music, but I'm happy to leave the people making it to get on with their thing. My motivation is: 'What do I feel I can do better than anyone else?' I hope I’ve made that record.”
Happily, he has. On Otherness, Kindness has fully honed his talent for taking in myriad influences and making music that sounds utterly new, perhaps even timeless. The album offers the thrill of accompanying Kindness as he stretches out into a thousand new places, but it also has a message at its heart: In a world where one can make music, in virtually any style, using software alone, we are losing sight of how special it can be when artists get together to blow some air around a room.
Thursday 2/2 at 9:00PM
w/ DJ HEEBZ & APEFACE
Friday 2/3 at 8:00PM
w/ DISORIENTAL (upstairs) & TEDDY CELEBRATION (downstairs)
Saturday 2/4 at 8:00PM
w/ IVAN RANKIC & DJ HEEBZ (upstairs) & ROY LT (downstairs)
Monday 11/24 at 9:00PM
HOSTED BY RUBIX & ILL MOVEMENTS