By: Vanessa Tam
VANCOUVER — As we start to approach the real meat and potatoes of summer, I feel like it’s important to remind you to drink lots of water, eat your vegetables, and that Beyonce Knowles is most likely going to give birth to twin Geminis this month. While that sits in, be sure to hit up every single hip hop and electronic music show on this list, oh and don’t do drugs or whatever.
June 9 @ Open Studios
Hailing from London, UK, Jesse Rose is a savant of house music. Known for his long developed personal blend of Chicago house and Detroit techno, Rose’s work has been featured everywhere from BBC’s Essential Mix to Berghain’s Panorama Bar in Berlin. Step into the vast darkness of Open Studios and prepare to dance.
June 17 @ Celebrities Nightclub
Parisian beatmaker Shiba San first broke the charts with his dancefloor hit “Okay” released on Dirtybird back in 2014 and has continued to tear up the scene ever since. With a strong background in hip hop and interest in futuristic house, the producer blends the two genre into his own one of a kind bass heavy sound.
June 25 @ The Imperial
Born in a small village in Syria, Omar Souleyman started his career in music as a wedding singer performing dabke, a genre of Arabic folk music, layered over intense beats and pulsating synth work. A cult favourite among electronic music connoisseurs the world over, Souleyman plans to release his latest album To Syria, With Love June 2nd on Mad Decent.
June 29 @ Fortune Sound Club
Relatively new to the global hip hop scene, Rich Chigga, also known as Brian Imanuel, is a 17-year-old Indonesian rapper and comedian born in Jakarta. Armed with a deceivingly deep voice and inspiration from artists like Childish Gambino, 2 Chainz and Tyler, The Creator, Imanuel released his debut single “Dat $tick” on YouTube in February of last year to international viral success and was coined as “the hardest n**** of all time” by rapper Tory Lanez.
June 29 @ The Vogue Theatre
Born as Brian Collins in Los Angeles, California, Kid Ink is a multitalented rapper, singer and songwriter who just released his latest EP, 7 Series. Inspired by Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Swizz Beatz, Collins began to pursue music full time at the age of 22 eventually signing with RCA Records and work with artists like Ty Dolla Sign, Fetty Wap and Usher.