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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

THE SHAKE (LOTEK & MANALOGUE), NATHAN ZAHN, DAVE RAD, and JR provide the soundtrack on this rocket-ride.

Can’t speak for the others but this is one tune I’m going to play.


sanctuary april 19 2014

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.

Saturday, April 19
The Loft (774 Corydon Avenue)
Tix: $5
Facebook event page

Sanctuary on Facebook
Fatbot on Soundcloud
Redworm on Soundcloud | Twitter
Justin Kace on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter


the funk hunters winnipeg april 19 2014

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.

Get a taste of what the show will be like…

Local support is provided by some of Winnipeg’s party favourites, the READYMIX DJs (Dan L and COLIN SHOTS).

Saturday, April 19
The Park Theatre (698 Osborne Street)
Tix: $15 early bird / $20 adv / $25 at the door
Facebook event page

Free download

The Funk Hunters on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter |


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The Junos are 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 II Nation, 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

Full album previews here:


sanctuary march 22 2014

Super stoked for the next Sanctuary. It might have something to do with the fact that I get to play, but also because it’s one of the most intimate club nights Winnipeg has going.

Saturday, March 22
The Loft 774 Corydon Avenue
Tix: $5
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…


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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.

Monday, March 17
Ozzy’s Nightclub (160 Osborne Street)
Tix: $10
Facebook event page

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.

Deekline on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter



T-204 is a new podcast series showcasing the oustanding techno talent in the prairie city. I was very pleased to be asked to be the fourth featured artist, following Andre Bisseck, Sanctuary Resident Justin Kace, and MEMETIC Director Nathan Zahn.

At its core T_204 is about two things: techno and Winnipeg. T_204 is not a war cry for purists, rather it is an homage to Winnipeg’s electronic music origins. Manitoba is a cold dark place for more than half of year, which is why it pairs perfectly with techno.

My mix is 75 minutes of brooding techno, and includes a preview of my next two releases signed to the legendary Detroit Techno label KMS Records, along with tunes on Stripped Recordings, Drumcode, Tronic, Deeperfect, Suara, Bitten & More. I hope you enjoy this, and strongly recommend you give the T-204 Soundcloud and Facebook a follow for more tasty audio treats.

John Norman