By Paul Rodgers
And so it comes to pass that yet another year has come and is just about gone. I feel as though I’m not the only one who feels like this year had a very strange, almost unsettling pace to it. And while the world abroad has had its fair share of turmoil and chaos, at least Calgary’s music scene has been consistently rock solid and continues to grow and thrive. Last month’s Alberta Electronic Music Conference was certainly a testament to that, as is December’s all-over-the map programming, featuring tonnes of house, hip hop, drum and bass, and all things in between. Enjoy!
Set the Record, a monthly party dedicated to underground house and techno, celebrates its one-year anniversary on December 6 at the HiFi, featuring the sounds of BB Mars, J Kim, DJ 9-5 and Crooka. Each of these events features a “Record of the Night,” which gives attendees the opportunity to leave the night with a limited edition vinyl record.
403DNB pulled out all the stops for their annual Christmas affair. Pairing with RUNNIT for an event called Jingle Jam, the two promotion companies have brought Ulterior Motive, Visionobi and Ed Solo. Not one to miss for the Calgary junglist collective, especially as this is Ulterior Motive’s Calgary debut and, if I’m not mistaken, Visionobi’s first time in Canada. I’m sure they will receive a warm reception. This two room event takes place at Junction on December 7.
On December 8 UK hip-hop outfit Stööki Sound are back at the HiFi.
This month certainly has house heads covered. On December 13 check out Sonny Fodera, at Commonwealth, for the low, low price of FREE. Hard to pass up that deal, unless of course you’d like to check out:
Whipped Cream, who will be also be at Commonwealth on December 13 with opening support courtesy of BB Mars and Two Faced. Fans of Rezz are likely to get down with her dark, industrial, and intensely ravey sets.
Justin Martin is back at the HiFi on December 15 as part of his Set it Off tour. His Instagram stories have been showcasing a lot of really hype, really long sets and plenty of time in his epic home studio setup, so expect great things from this Dirtybird.
Also on the 15, over at Village Brewery, catch some of Calgary’s best and most exciting live hip-hop acts Cartel Madras and Lyrique.
Obie Trice and Swifty Mcvay of D12 fame drop down into Calgary on December 19 to perform at the Marquee alongside a hefty roster of local talent.
Coming all the way from Mother Russia, representing AC Slater’s imprint Night Bass and no doubt coming equipped with the heaviest house bangers, don’t miss Phlegmatic Dogs at the HiFi on December 22.
Billy Kenny is currently touring the world on his “Set Me Free” tour, and he will be touching down in Calgary at the HiFi on December 29.
Hope you all have a great holiday season, however you choose to celebrate it. As always please feel free to hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something in mind you’d like to see covered. See you in 2019!BB Mars, Billy Kenny, Cartel Madras, Commonwealth, Crooka, DJ 9-5, HiFi, J Kim, Justin Martin, Let's Get Jucy, Lyrique, Obie Trice, Phlegmatic Dogs, Sonny Fodera, Stooki Sound, Swifty Mcvay, Whipped Cream