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  • BSD 2014 AFTER PARTY  
    April 14

    BSD 2014 AFTER PARTY

    w/ HEJ ZEUS (aka IVAN RANKIC & DJ HEEBZ)

    SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!! Except for exams, but those can wait.
    Calgary's best DJ tandem HEJ ZEUS (Ivan Rankic & DJ Heebz) are going be rocking the Commonwealth stage with all of your favorite party tracks.
    $4.00 domestic beers and a special $4.00 BSD shot on special all night.

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    Tickets available at http://bsd.zoobis.com/
    For hard tickets contact: uofcedm@gmail.com or uofcsbc@gmail.com
    For large group bookings contact: info@commonwealthbar.ca
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  • THE HANSON BROTHERS  
    April 16

    THE HANSON BROTHERS

    with MIESHA and the SPANKS

    The Hanson Brothers are a side project of the Vancouver, BC based band, NoMeansNo. The band includes all three members of NoMeansNo, Rob Wright or Robbie Hanson on bass, guitarist Tommy and drummer John Wright who slips out from behind his familiar 216 piece custom drum kit to front the Hanson Brothers as lead vocalist.

  • DJ MASEO  
    April 17

    DJ MASEO

    of DE LA SOUL

    Producer / DJ / part-time MC Vincent Mason a.k.a Maseo a.k.a Plug 3 from iconic hip-hop group De La Soul quietly maintains a spot in hip-hop history.

    De La Soul burst onto the scene and innovated hip-hop by coloring outside the lines, sampling a diverse array of untouched, previously unsampled artists such as The Turtles and Hall & Oates on their critically acclaimed debut "3 Feet High & Rising."

    They have been a catalyst for other important acts in hip-hop history as they helped introduce Mos Def, helped propel a Tribe Called Quest to greatness with "Buddy" off 3 Feet High, and were the first major act to work with deceased hip-hop icon J-Dilla on a major single (when he was known as Jay Dee).

    De La is perhaps the "oldest" functioning hip-hop group to still truly maintain credibility while not having "fell off" as they continue to stay relevant collaborating with MF Doom, Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah, Madlib and Flosstradamus among others.

     

  • SMALLTOWN SUNDAY BEST  
    April 20

    SMALLTOWN SUNDAY BEST

    w/ SMALLTOWN DJS & SPECIAL GUESTS PLUS CARL CASSIDY & TUBBY BURGERS

    If your ears work, you can’t not have fun at a Smalltown DJs gig. That’s a scientific fact. Look it up. The Canadian duo’s uncanny ability to make crowds feel like schoolkids at recess stems naturally from their focus on maximizing fun for themselves.

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  • WELCOME TO DILLAVILLE W/ BIZARRE RIDE LIVE FEAT: SLIMKID3 & FATLIP (OF PHARCYDE) & SLUM VILLAGE  
    April 24

    WELCOME TO DILLAVILLE W/ BIZARRE RIDE LIVE FEAT: SLIMKID3 & FATLIP (OF PHARCYDE) & SLUM VILLAGE

    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.

  • LADYHAWK  
    April 27

    LADYHAWK

    with SHOTGUN JIMMIE

    Ladyhawk awakens in a trash-filled, "morning after" apartment in East Vancouver, British Columbia. Duffy, Darcy, Sean, and Ryan arise, pick up their instruments and head out into the heathen city, singing songs about life and love. They are rockers and dreamers -- still trapped in their apple country teenage minds, looking for girls and kicks, and mining their teenage quarries from the inside-out. Growing up together as the best of friends, Ladyhawk have stories that radiate with the presence of all four members. Their self-titled debut on Jagjaguwar is a stomping and sweaty ride through the Vancouver streets that they all know well, as viewed from the seats of a bruised and doorless Astro Van. In this ride, you can't help but feel that you will fall out and you will fall down, and your joints will all be sore at the end of the trip.

  • HIP-HOP KARAOKE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY  
    April 28

    HIP-HOP KARAOKE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

    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.

  • COMMONWEALTH COLLECTORS CLUB  
    May 11

    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: 2pm-6pm
    Admission: $3

  • BATHS  
    May 14

    BATHS

    with YOUNG FATHERS & P.MORRIS

    Three years ago, Baths dropped his startlingly beautiful debut, Cerulean. Released on Anticon, the record blurred the line between post-modern pop and the LA beat scene with devastating emotional clarity. Its tone was as celestial as its album title, taken from a shade of blue typically used to describe the sky.

    Cerulean earned year-end “Best Of” recognition from Pitchfork and The Onion’s A.V. Club and established Chatsworth-raised Will Wiesenfeld as one of the finest young composers (and falsettos) in Los Angeles. His sophomore album, Obsidian finds him emerging as one of the most complete artists of his generation. As you might expect, the name hints at darker overtones. The mood is shimmering and pitch-black, the lovely blood flow has turned into lava.

  • PARQUET COURTS with GUESTS  
    May 22

    PARQUET COURTS with GUESTS

    PRESENTED BY SLED ISLAND & COMMONWEALTH

    Little was said about Parquet Courts’ debut effort, American Specialties. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the quasi-album was an odd collection of 4 track recordings that left those who were paying attention wanting more. A year of woodshedding live sets passed before the Courts committed another song to tape. The band’s first proper LP, Light Up Gold, is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. While the initial rawness of the band’s early output remains, the songwriting has gracefully evolved. Primary wordsmiths A. Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Lyrically dense, the poetry is in how it flows along with the melody, often times as locked-in as the rhythm section.

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