Yuri’s Night is always one of my favourite events of the year. The annual event commemorates the first human spaceflight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961 and the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981. This year marks the 53rd anniversary of Yuri’s flight into space for which the Manitoba Museum is a proud participant in the global night of art, science, and culture of space exploration.
The dance portion of the party takes place in the museum’s Planetarium which was upgraded dramatically last year with a Digistar 5 all-dome projector. Last year, the visuals blew my mind so once again, I’m looking forward to seeing what PIXEL PUSHER and FLAMEWAR have in store.
Saturday, April 12
The Manitoba Museum (190 Rupert Avenue)
Tix: $15 SOLD OUT (there may be some available at the door) Facebook event page
One of my favourite nights out in Winnipeg is undoubtedly Sanctuary. Every month the crew behind it pay tribute to the underground with some amazing local talent, showcasing house, techno, and broken beat. This month they celebrate their one-year anniversary and for the first time ever are bringing in an out of town headliner. From Regina, FATBOT will grace us with his house stylings. We’re in for a treat with both resident djs, JUSTIN KACE and REDWORM playing as well. Why not, it’s their party and they’ll play if they want to.
THE FUNK HUNTERS come to town on Satuday, April 19 for their last stop on their Western Canada Spring Tour. Armed with 4-turntables, their very own custom synched visuals, and the unique ability to create live mashups and remixes, their live show stands out. Seamlessly blending original productions with everything from Hip Hop to House, Glitch Hop to Drum & Bass, and everything funky in between, The Funk Hunters sets are never replicated.
This tour offers something special however. Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith are laying down some new elements adding a live saxophone and guitar, transforming their performance into a live audio and visual spectacle.
The Junosare Canada’s musical awards, celebrating the achievements of artists, bands, producers, etc. It’s basically the Canadian version of the Grammys, which often over represents mainstream and top 40 culture.
Recently however, there have been strides to include electronic artists in the mix. While not getting the attention they deserve, there have been some choice nominations category since this one specifically was created in 2011. For example, last year saw GRIMES win “Electronic Album of the Year.” This year, nominees include tech house stalwart NOAH PRED for his album Third Culture, GRAZE‘s self titled long player, RYAN HEMSWORTH‘s Guilt Trips, A TRIBE CALLED RED‘s genre-bending Nation IINation, and BLUE HAWAII‘s Untogether.
There’s some weighty underground nods here but the real party won’t be at the awards show on Sunday night. No. You see, our friends at Memetic are hosting a proper party, one you can dance at on Friday night. The bill features two of the nominees, Noah Pred and Graze, as well as a stack of locals who’ve made some incredible waves outside of Winnipeg. Tickets for this show are only $15. Full details are in the poster above, or click the Facebook link below.
JUNOfest Electronic Music Showcase
Friday, March 28
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre (281 Donald Street)
$15 / $30 for the JUNOfest wristband (access to all Juno shows) Facebook event page
The evening will be curated by a few old timers. KRISCO might play some jungle and drum n bass, or he could play the 4/4 rhythms. Who knows.
ALEXANDER KRYGSVELD, who regularly pays tribute to the underground at Back2House, will grace the decks. A set from ANDREW YANKIWSKI, producer and audio engineer from Precursor Productions, promises to bring sonic delights as well.
I’m having a difficult time figuring out what I’m going to play. The general theme will be deep in sonics and may go something like this…
If you ever needed an excuse to go out on a school night, on a Monday no less, this is it. Our friends at RespectTheDJ have a special treat. On his way through for a mini North American tour, DEEKLINE, stops in Winnipeg for St. Patrick’s Day. Get your breaky Irish on and head to Ozzy’s. It’s hard to know what to expect, except bass and breaks of ranging of any sort. Here are a few tunes that might come into play, including his latest free download which was posted a couple weeks ago.
Later this month, Deekline will be at WMC celebrating the Miami culture. To promote a massive Miami bass show (which features 2 Live Crew, 69 Boyz, Mafia Kiss, Baby Anne, Deekline, Keith Mackenzie + many more) Deekline put together a low rumbling mix for free download too.
Our friends at BASSFACE have been going strong, throwing incredible parties for three years now. To celebrate they’re doing what they know best, cooking hotdogs. No, they’re having a party with some of their favourite local djs and producers.
CHRIS KOMUS is one of the key crew members. His output has blown minds the world over with his absurd ability to generate unimaginable sonics. He’s released material on Adapted Records, Enig’matik Records, Monkey Dub Recordings, and so on. It’s always a treat to hear him play…perhaps he might even work his own material into his set.
Komus was also a contributing sound designer for Enig’Matik Records’ portion of Twisted Tools‘ Ultraloop soundpack.
Oh, one more thing…word on the street is the BassFace crew are bringing Stickybuds to Winnipeg once again. Watch these pages for the update.