So, some mates and I are throwing our second swing party and it’s going down this Saturday. The first one (last November) was easily the most rammed, all-locals show I’ve seen and was definitely one of the best shows I’ve played, let alone partied at. We’re hoping the excitement continues, obviously.
You can grab the details in the poster above but if you need more check the facebook event here.
The leaves are starting to change colour here in Winnipeg. They litter the ground with their crunchy mess as they fall which cools my spirits slightly. It only means one thing – fall is here.
If there’s any solace it’s that the HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL is right around the corner. It’s closer than that actually. It’s this weekend and it’s what I look forward to most this time of year. The grass roots festival is one of my favourite events of the year, bringing together the pioneering spirit of local, sustainable food and one of the best parties in this little corner of the globe.
For the most part, the Harvest Moon Festival is a roots music gathering featuring some of Manitoba’s finest musicians. (Check the poster above or the festival site for full details.) As half of THE SHAKE, this will be our third year playing and we’re honoured to close the night on Saturday. Even with two years under us, I still don’t know exactly what to play, but it’s going to go something like this…
Two of my favourite local jocks close out Friday too. Beezkneez and ill type will jam it out – I just hope we won’t play any of the same tunes.
I just got word that THE SHAKE is billed to open the JOKERS OF THE SCENE show happening at the Lo Pub tonight. Now I seem like a wanker for doing the post because I’m playing. The truth is I meant to post this long ago. MUSIC FIRST have brought some stellar acts, and what’s coming in the near future is super deluxe! Anyway, it’s going to get sweaty, sweaty tonight so head there early for some bass heavy, techy crunch.
This isn’t your usual festival note but one definitely worthy of mentioning. THE HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL is a fairly small gathering that focuses on roots music. Acts like Romi Mayes, Nathan, Ridley Bent, John K Samson, and Christine Fellows are playing this year – all of whom have deep folksy traits – not exactly the right fit for a blog that exclusively showcases electronic music, specific to the beat variety.
Last year was my first forray into this realm. As one-half of THE SHAKE we closed out the Saturday night with a dance party. This year, we’re doing the same only a day earlier (Friday). What’s funny about last year is that LOTEK and I had absolutely no idea what we should play. We both agreed we couldn’t get too techy so in the end, we played a lot of mashups, disco and funk. Thankfully the dance enthusiasts in the crowd ate it and we’re lucky to play again this year.
The most iconic DJ pair Winnipeg has ever known are closing out the festival yet again. DJ HUNNICUTT and DJ CO-OP play are cross-genre playing masters but you can expect to find some funk, soul, hip hop, and probably some originals (Like Tim’s brand new long player out on WOVEN RECORDS).
It’s a bit weird when a few unrelated events simultaneously come together. For example, we received three items – from different sources mind you – all related to the iconic house label, STRICTLY RHYTHM.
First is this clubby mashup of an older Strictly cut with up-and-comer KAYLA (pictured above). Apparently this is a leak which may explain why there’s no download.
Coming from Strictly themselves, we get a peep at BEN WESTBEECH‘s second single in anticipation of his long player coming out on September 12. “Something for the Weekend” is a house-inspired, disco-tinged number. Gerry Read provides the jazzed-out broken beats while Roska (below) and Ben’s alter ego Breach drop variations on dub step and some retro stabs respectively.
This is the second annual event for the one-of-a-kind festival in Manitoba. Like last year, you’ll find a tonne of talent, both local and from abroad. International headliners include THOMAS FEHLMANN (Berlin, The Orb) and DANDY JACK (Geneva) with HITORI TORI(Vancouver) and Winnipeg’s own VENETIAN SNARES and LEBEATO.
Inspired by Montreal’s legendary Mutek festival, MEME’s outdoor performances at Old Market Square are the focus for this year. Every show in this space is free and features all the talent you want to see anyway. Plus, they’ve added a beer garden with local sponsor Half Pints providing my favourite malt beverages (honestly – their beer is soooo tasty!).
The shows at the Zoo, Whiskey Dix and Alive will also highlight more than the usual club fair these venues are known for. As half of THE SHAKE, I’ll be representing the locals on the opening night. LOTEK and I are playing a tag-team set as usual, except we’re patching together two midi controllers for a 6-deck set. We’re in some great company too, playing along side Dan Gilson, Encode, Dubz, Dave Rad, Freaky Alien, Jamal Knight, Just For Kicks, Frankie Wild, and fellow contributor to Manalogue, Owen Reynolds.
This year’s festival embraced the visual aspect of performance with vjs and artists providing additional enjoyments. It’s all led by MRGHOSTY with help from a bunch of others.
Not enough? Well there’s also two half-day workshops on June 24 and 25 on how to make electronic music, with presentations from performing DJs.