By Colin Gallant
CALGARY — November is here and I don’t have a seasonal pun to kick-off the column! What I do is have is an exciting piece of news we couldn’t cover with our print timelines.
Montreal juggernaut electronic music and art institution Mutek is coming to the Banff Centre, March 7th-25th, for an unprecedented residency. A huge team of faculty “will lead sessions and workshops concerned with modular synthesizers, electronic music software and hardware, visual creation software and methods, artistic process and philosophy, and the nature of live performance in these technologically dominated fields.”
A global call for participant applications is out now and some talent selected for the Banff Centre may be selected to perform in Montreal during Mutek 2016. Let’s make sure some local talent is represented, yeah?
With that out of the way, it’s time to shut up and play the hits. Here’s all the tender, Jucy morsels up for consumption in November.
Starting with the 5th, UK bass meets American trap act TroyBoi finally revs things up at the Hifi Club. Having had to miss his headlining slot at Sled Island’s East Village Block Party back in June, TroyBoi makes his welcome debut in what we can reasonably predict as a blockbuster performance.
Ever heard of Firebeatz? Nah, me neither. But this Dutch duo act promises to deliver everything you’d expect from an Electro Disco Fridays set at Marquee on the 6th.
The very next night at Habitat, Bucharest’s Boehm will be serving up an offering of current (Justin-Bieber-endorsed) trend tropical house. He’s travelled a damn long way to hold court at Habitat, so don’t miss it on the 7th.
Are your regular nights feeling a little too regular lately? Well, here’s a new one! The hardworking Sergio Levels is hosting excursions.fm’s venture into IRL at the Hifi Club starting on Saturday the 7th. If you’re looking to take pirate radio offline then look no further!
I often sit in solitude and think to myself, “wouldn’t it be great if more Australian EDM hype acts dragged their heels through Calgary on their way to Banff?” If you’re anything like me, your wildest dreams have just come true. Slynk (not to be confused with DJ Sliink) has played Shambhala and taken the road less traveled with a particularly funky take on glitch house. Roll through to TEN Nightclub on the 10th.
Honest to Jah apologies if your listings are looking a little cynical this month. Let’s make up for it with a little deserved hype for UK garage killer Oneman. He’s the real deal when it comes to two-steps and expertise on the decks. It’s another chance to get funky at the Hifi and one I would not miss.
The LuckyMe circuit has been a little quiet until recently. Baauer is on his way back after taking an appropriately-lengthed break from the unforeseeable success of “Harlem Shake,” and so apparently is collaborator and producer to the stars Just Blaze. Commonwealth is celebrating their fourth anniversary with a triumph set from the multi-talent on the 12th.
Rapper WC, perhaps best known for his membership in West Coast supergroup Westside Connection (comprised of himself, Mack 10 and Ice Cube) is stopping in for a late in the game set at Dickens on the 13th. Feeling lucky? WC must be.
Dirtybird Records’ reign in Calgary continues with a highly shareable appearance by J PHLIP on the 14th at the Hifi. Hold on tight for everything dank, deep and disinterested in restraint. Honestly PHLIP is one of the most aggressive, effective sets on the circuit right now and you’d be a damned fool to miss it. 10/10, would freak out to again.
Ask your friends about it. There’s nothing that could be written in this column that a personal testimonial couldn’t more effectively convey about dubstep legend (and, arguably, inventor) Skream. He’s here for a all-night set in celebration of the Hifi’s 10th anniversary on the 18th. Really, really, really: you done fucked up if you aren’t there.
More anniversaries, more icons: Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5, Ozomatli and a million more things is stopping by at Commonwealth on the 19th. It’s a turntablist’s dream come true and it’s what your cool, hip-hoppin’ uncle will be up to, too. Why not check it out?
Ever wish your night out on the town could be a little bit more like noon when you were 5-10 years old? Don’t answer. You know it’s true. Beloved Calgary rapper Transit (in DJ form) and buds are presiding over a brand new club night at Bamboo called Bag Lunch. Calling back to the times when your iPad Jr. couldn’t order a kale-infused egg white scramble to the classroom, this night showcases early aughts hip-hop and offers free brown bag snacks typical of anyone born before ’95. That’s something, isn’t it? Roll through on the 19th for the first edition.
Moment of silence: Odesza’s Flames Central show on the 28th is extremely sold out. Kijiji options are at about $100 per ticket and it’s no surprise after the jaw-dropping set they gave at the Mad Decent Block Party back in August. Those without tickets are in our thoughts and prayers.
Thanks for stickin’ round for another month of Jucy. We hope your November is full of delightfully regrettable decisions and we’ll see you again in November.AB, Alberta, Calgary EDM, Calgary hip hop