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!
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SOULS OF MISCHIEF with AILERONPRESENTED BY BLUEPRINT ALBERTA
With very few exceptions, Hip Hop anthems have their popularity, and perhaps resurgence among a new generation of fans – then they go on to the next anthem. Not so for Souls of Mischief’s seminal classic ’93 ’til Infinity, which has remained popular for a 20-year run and counting. 50-somethings all the way down to tweens know every word to the song, which was born when A-Plus bought a dollar record by Billy Cobham (Heather) and began to sample it, adding his now-signature rhythms, drum patterns, and more.
Souls of Mischief began to come together when the members were just children in elementary school. Oakland native Tajai began rhyming with future band mate A-Plus at age 8, while both were in elementary school. “My dream and goal since I was 8, was to come out with a dope hip hop album and be in the same peer group as all of the rappers I looked up to at the time. To be a part of that exclusive club of hip hop artists recognized and respected for their work,” A-Plus reminisces. Tajai and Phesto met later in junior high school. Tajai later introduced A-Plus and Phesto to the remaining Souls of Mischief member, Opio, and the group informally formed in high school before making their major-label debut on Jive Records with their well-received album 93 ‘til Infinity, in 1993. While most recording artists are still honing their craft in high school, Souls of Mischief were ready to realize their dreams. Phesto Dee explains it best “My dream was to be a famous, dope ass multi-talented rapper and producer…and garner respect from my peers and colleagues. We have been fortunate enough to attain longevity which was something I thought about, but never imagined would come true. 20 years is a blip in time really but that is considered a long career in this industry. So to still be living my dream twenty years later is incredible.”
DIMOND SAINTS with GUESTS
Deep from the heart of the Dimond District in Oakland, California hail the Dimond Saints. Together they bring forth a new sound aimed at tearing mediocrity asunder. Their music drips with passion like beads of sweat. Pulsating beats and deep, subtle melodies guide you down a welcoming road as you dance your way into the unknown.
Dimond Saints is the new project of West Coast electronic music pioneer, An-Ten-Nae and his fellow, Dimond musician, Releece. Their grand romance with making music, pushing its boundaries, and innovative use of vocals, is garnering attention from A&R Reps and media outlets alike.
Even under the sunny warmth of the spotlight, Dimond Saints choose the moonlit path, shunning the confines of a record label. They are releasing Chapter 1: The Rising as a free download, which is apart of their three chapter debut album Shingetsu, the Japanese term for new moon.
The first single released off of Shingetsu titled "We Diamonds," was devoured by fans and rose meteorically up the Hypem stairway all the way to #4. Dimond Saints' most recent Lorde remix effortlessly levitated itself to #3 on Hypem and has received over 150K plays on SoundCloud. These two releases by this new duo, has received over 70 write-ups as well as global press in blogs and online publications. With a creative mine full of musical gems and a release schedule gaining more speed than a gushing, diamond avalanche, it seems as if even the moon is attainable for these Saints.
THE ELWINS with THE ASHLEY HUNDRED (EARLY SHOW)
The Elwins are a pop band from the lakeside town of Keswick, Ontario that specialize in writing bright infectious songs. They're a group of guys that you would be happy to introduce to your friends and parents.
Formed in 2008 by high school friends Matthew Sweeney and Travis Stokl,they were soon joined by Feurd Moore and Frankie Figliomeni. With a strong pop sensibility, their music has garnered The Elwins an impressive amount of attention and support of their peers. The release of the band's 2012 debut "And I Thank You" introduced the band to audiences worldwide and the approval of taste makers Exclaim!, Rolling Stone and CBC.
The Elwins look forward to the release of their newly recorded sophomore album scheduled for February 2015.
NIGHTMARES ON WAX DJ SETPRESENTED BY SMALLTOWN SUNDAYS
Nightmares on Wax is an institution, albeit a delightfully different one. The man behind the moniker, George Evelyn, just keeps reinventing – not in a wilful Bowie way, but flowing along, going at whatever speed he fancies to wherever his ideas carry him. For the last seven years he’s lived in an Ibizan farmhouse and, while he’s Warp Records’ longest serving artist – “the granddaddy,” as he puts it – he overwhelmingly focuses on his current projects, letting them revitalize his music.
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.
SKRATCH BASTID with DJ C-SIK & DJ HEEBZPRESENT BY RED BULL + 10at10 + BEAT DROP
#FVDED with OMAR LINX & GUESTSPRESENTED BY BLUEPRINT ALBERTA
Emerging artist Omar LinX has been perfecting his craft since the age of 15, but only recently felt it was time to drop his first mixtape “A Cold Welcome,” and has hit the ground running. In only a short period of time LinX has proven that he is at the forefront of Toronto hip hop. In the past year he has collaborated with local Toronto talent, as well as established heavy hitters, like Royce Da 5’9” and Joell Ortiz. His rugged voice and sharp tongued lyrics, laced with wit, biting humor and clever wordplay, are complemented by smooth, melodic hooks. Candid and passionate descriptions of his life are seamlessly paralleled by imaginative concepts, make him a compelling artist to listen to and give his music a distinctly unique qualit
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.
VIET CONG with BURNT SHRINES & FIST CITY
It takes less than sixty seconds of album opener “Newspaper Spoons” for you to decide that Viet Cong is a winter record. The album has barely begun, and the guitar doesn’t snarl until the end of that opening minute, but it still presents a palpable iciness in just a few short moments. It’s bitter. It stings. But once you’re in it, and you’re bracing yourself and charging ahead, “Newspaper Spoons” moves from a punishing, almost militarized drumbeat to a melody that’s still menacing but also delicate, almost celestial.
That instinct for humanizing a stone-cold song is Viet Cong’s greatest gift and sharpest weapon. It’s harsh, but exhilarating. Themes of deconstruction and disintegration, of hardening and crumbling seem to come from every direction. But time and again, they are rescued by something—a little bit of humor, a cathartic moment, even a basic human goof. In fact, as the members of Viet Cong worked through the songs that make up this record, they erred on the side of keeping those moments that save Viet Cong from being overly mechanized. “There have to be strange little goofups and stuff that’s sometimes intentional, sometimes not,” bassist and lead singer Matt Flegel explains. “I have a bleak sense of humor, too, so some lyrics might seem funny to me even though anyone else might think they’re desperately hopeless.”
Thursday 2/2 at 9:00PM
w/ DJ HEEBZ
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)
- Sunday 2/8 at 9:00PM