Events Calendar

Mayhem and Watain @ Rickshaw Theatre
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm

mayhemMAYHEM and WATAIN (Co-Headlining)

January 26, 2015 – 7PM

with guests REVENGE

@ Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver

Tickets also available at all Ticketmaster Outlets, and Charge by Phone 1-855-985-5000

Mayhem are a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo long regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem’s career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin (“Dead”) and 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth (“Euronymous”) by former member Varg Vikernes (“Count Grishnackh”), also of Burzum. The group released a demo and an EP that were highly influential, and amassed a loyal following through sporadic and notorious live performances, attracting further attention through their ties to the string of Norwegian church burnings and the prominent incidents of violence surrounding them. They disbanded after Aarseth’s murder, shortly before the release of their debut album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, regarded as a classic of the black metal genre. Surviving former members Jan Axel Blomberg (“Hellhammer”), Jørn Stubberud (“Necrobutcher”) and Sven Erik Kristiansen (“Maniac”) reformed two years later with Rune Eriksen (“Blasphemer”) replacing Aarseth. Attila Csihar since replaced Kristiansen. The band’s music strongly influenced the black metal genre and was instrumental in moving the wider metal scene away from the prevailing trend for speed metal. Their post-Aarseth material is characterised by increased experimentation. Mayhem’s most recent album, Ordo Ad Chao, received the Spellemannprisen award for Best Metal Album in 2007.

Black metal outfit Watain emerged from Uppsala, Sweden, in 1998, quickly gaining underground credibility with an uncompromising 7? release entitled The Essence of Black Purity, then solidifying their commitment to the dark metal arts via 2000’s thematically shocking (i.e., frequent odes to Satan and his pals) but instrumentally accomplished Rabid Death’s Curse album. This has since been followed by incrementally lauded but always reliably extreme releases such as 2000’s Ritual Macabre live album, 2001’s The Misanthropic Ceremonies split single with Diabolicum, 2003’s Casus Luciferi LP, 2007’s Sworn to the Dark, 2010’s Lawless Darkness, and 2013’s The Wild Hunt. And, bucking underground metal tradition somewhat, Watain’s lineup has remained consistently stable throughout these many years and releases, featuring vocalist/bassist Erik Danielsson (also known as the editor of the Hellish Massacre zine and the artist behind Cold Seed Creations), guitarists P. Forsberg and Set Teitan, bassist Tore Stjerna (an occasional producer and owner of Necromorbus Studio), and drummer H. Jonsson.


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L.A. Witch @ Electric Owl
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm


With Sh-Shakes & Other Jesus
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Electric Owl, Vancouver, BC
Doors: 8:00 PM / Show: 9:00 PM
Advance tickets $10 (plus appl. s/c)
Available online, Red Cat, Zulu
Age Limit: 19+/No Minors

On Sale Wednesday January 14th, 2015 at 10am!

From Los Angeles, rock band on tour to support their self-titled debut EP release.


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The Toasters @ Hindenburg
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

toastersNow celebrating their 34th year the Toasters are once again announcing a full calendar of dates to kick off the 2015 touring campaign. Stopping in Vancouver on January 28th for an extended set at the Hindenburg. These NYC D.I.Y die-hards have already notched more than 5000 live shows and plan to heap more onto that tally this year with two North American tours, as well as dates in South America, Europe, South East Asia, Russia and points east. Thirty four years ago a bunch of upstarts ignited a spark on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A spark that fired the imagination of the American music scene, causing a global conflagration. That music was Ska and the band was THE TOASTERS. The 2-Tone sound re-created in their own image by this unruly group of ruffians synthesized the classic 70s British sound with east side Punk and rock and is now regarded as being the precursor to the Third Wave of Ska. The embers of the legacy bequeathed by The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat and Madness were rekindled and the Toasters hit the road. Hard. The band is currently supporting their latest single: House of Soul, released on their own label Megalith Records and released only in a 7 inch vinyl format.

The Elixxxirs is fixture of the Vancouver ska scene. Since their start in 2005, the band has developed far beyond its original ska/reggae format, serving up an original and infectious mix of pop, rock, and punk. The Elixxxirs are a fixture on Vancouver’s live scene and they regularly tour Western Canada, building a reputation as capable hosts for the kind of night that shouldn’t be followed by any concrete plans. The Elixxxirs have shared the stage with international bands including The Slackers and Neville Staples of The Specials and have joined forces with many Vancouver bands, including Los Furios, Brass Action and Sweet Leaf at Skaville Nov 28th.

Devil In The Wood Shack, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, sounds like a child raised on punk rock that fell in love with camp fire stomp alongs and the darker side of western, gypsy blues. Raw and untamed; a sound straight from hell riding on drunken angel wings. Having shared a stage with Vic Ruggeiro of The Slackers, Big John Bates, Los furios, The Roper Show, and many other great acts, they’re ready to melt the cold away this winter opening for The Toasters.


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Anjunadeep Tour @ VENUE
Jan 28 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 29 @ 2:00 am

anjunadeepPresented by Blueprint
Wednesday January 28 2015 at Venue

Blueprint & Venue Present…





Wednesday, January 28th 2015

VENUE Nightclub – Vancouver
881 Granville Street – 19+ ID required

Advance tickets available online NOW:


Anjunadeep is an independent label based in London, set up in 2005 by Above & Beyond. In it’s early years the label existed as a sub-label to parent label, releasing deep trance and progressive house music, but has since evolved it’s output to cover the deeper end of the electronic music spectrum, focusing predominantly on deep house.

James Grant, brother of Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant is responsible for A&R for the label and mixes the annual compilation series, currently alongside Jody Wisternoff. The label hosts a weekly radio show ‘The Anjunadeep Edition’, featuring guest mixes from artists on the roster.


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Haywyre @ Celebrities
Jan 28 @ 10:30 pm – Jan 29 @ 3:00 am

haywyrePresented by Blueprint & Celebrities
Wednesday January 28 2015 at Celebrities
DOORS 1030PM – 3AM


Blueprint & Celebrities Present…

w/ Special Guest(s):



w/ Support From:


Wednesday, January 28th 2015
1022 Davie St – 19+ only w/ valid Government I.D.

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Haywyre consists of Martin Vogt, who has been studying piano since the age of six. His interest in the production of various genres of electronic music and piano instrumentals began growing when he lived in Austria; there, he was exposed to jazz and hip-hop for the first time. Shortly after moving back to the U.S. in 2008, Haywyre was created. Now, his mission can be defined by providing his listeners with music that presents variety, originality, and ideas stemming from his jazz and classical knowledge base. The most general description to Martin’s sound can be described as memorable melodies and (jazz / classically influenced) chord progressions in the context of progressive electronic music. Synthetic and organic elements combine in works inspired by artists such as Noisia, Flying Lotus, KOAN Sound, Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, Austin Peralta, and Abdullah Ibrahim. His main compositional tool is the piano; countless nights are spent drafting harmonic and melodic outlines by improvising. For live performances, Haywyre also includes his akai mpk 88 to perform the melodies while triggering the stems to the rest of the pieces. His guitar work can also be heard in many tracks (and sometimes other instruments, such as the Duduk, as well). So far, he has mastered every release himself (except the Draw The Line EP).

For Table Service inquires please contact Alex C.


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Kodo Drummers – Mystery @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm

kodoKodo Drummers
Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver
Thursday January 29th, 2015
Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM

Kodo Drummers of Japan return to Vancouver with their groundbreaking new production, Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery, a performance that will take you on a voyage to the extraordinary, to a mystical realm of ancient creatures, legends and powerful taiko music.

Directed by famed Kabuki artist and artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, Mystery promises to inspire both diehard fans and the uninitiated with Kodo’s heart throbbing beauty and energy.

Sponsored by Caravan World Rhythms and Powell Street Festival

For more INFO visit or call 604.683.8240


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Bass Drum of Death @ Fox Cabaret
Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 30 @ 1:00 am

bassPresented by blueprintLIVE and Fox Cabaret
Thursday January 29 2015 at Fox Cabaret

Bass Drum Of Death (Mississippi / Innovative Leisure)

with guests

Thursday, January 29th 2015

at Fox Cabaret
2321 Main St
Doors 9pm
19+ Valid ID Required

+ Ticket Info +
Advance tickets starting at $12 + SC – Buy: Here
Hardcopies also available at Red Cat and Zulu

+ About Bass Drum Of Death +
When Bass Drum of Death started touring the rock club circuit outside Oxford, Mississippi, several years ago, there was a legitimate concern that the band’s appeal might be limited to fans of the garage scene. With a seemingly never-ending series of tour dates, BDoD nonetheless transformed rooms full of normally too-cool-to-rock indie crowds into a mob of sweaty, stage-diving- maniacs. Meanwhile, Madison Avenue, eager to cash in on hip cachet, took notice. Since the release of 2011’s GB City, “Get Found” has been featured in FOX promos for the NASCAR season. Rockstar Games’ mega-seller Grand Theft Auto V helped to promote last year’s self-titled album. Gamers terrorized the freeways of Los Santos, living out their cops-and-robbers fantasies, as “Crawling After You” blasted through their car stereo speakers. Bass Drum of Death are teetering on the brink of reaching a mainstream audience, and Rip This is their attempt to record an unapologetic rock album for people outside their normal fan base.

In the past, BDoD brainchild John Barrett wrote and recorded all the material and toured with a revolving lineup of hired guns on drums and guitar. This time around, drummer Len Clark joins Barrett as a full-time member and collaborator. The duo began discussing plans for a new record when touring with Unknown Mortal Orchestra in 2013. Barrett and Clark then convinced UMO bassist Jacob Portrait to take on the role of producer when the band booked a session in March at Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma County, California. With a few rough demos, Barrett, Clark, and Portrait hunkered down for two weeks and cranked out the band’s first proper studio album. Rip This retains BDoD’s trademark sorry-for-partyin’ swagger while scrapping the crackling hiss and lo-fi fuzz. The result is an record that still relies on an obliterating attack of heavy guitars, danceable hooks, and kinetic drumming, but will appeal as much to KISS fans as the music freaks and geeks who worship Nuggets. Both a challenge to music critics and a rock call-to-arms, the title says it all. You’re not going to hear many records this year that rip like this, so shotgun a beer, tune in, and turn up.


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The Beatnuts & Jeru the Jamaja @ Fortune Sound Club
Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm








DOORS 9PM / 19+


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Key! @ Killjoy
Jan 29 @ 11:00 pm

keyUNDERKILL presents…


(Atlanta, GA)

+ DJ Seko & Sailor Gerry


by Alex Russell


Its Key!, and hes answering my phone call with his own ad lib. The 23-year-old Atlanta rapper fielded calls perhaps 50 times throughout the day, so its easy to assume where the signature comes from. But he doesnt take credit for it. Who invented the telephone? Alexander Graham Bell. He gets the credit. When they first started using phones, they needed a word to answer it. Im about to switch it up on these niggas though. Hit them with the Konnichi wa.

I scoop Key! at his grandmothers townhouse, where hes been staying indefinitely, and we head to the other side of town. On the way, he points out to me just how small of a world Atlanta is. We pass Soulja Boys old residence. We pass the mall where he saw Waka Flocka Flame just a couple days prior. I ask where Fabo is. You know spaceships on Bankhead?

Hes talking about the D4L song, Scotty.

Thats real. People see spaceships here all the time.

Key! started Two-9 with Curtis Williams in 2009, when he had been working at a skate shop since dropping out of high school. The collective itself had been in the almost-on category since then, but just signed to Mike Wills label earlier this yearwithout its co-founder. Key! does not seem upset by this. According to him, he has quit the group several times. Their recent deal cements the separation on paper, but his relationship and willingness to collaborate with them remains. He wants to be a solo artist.

Such is the way that Key! operateshe serially extracts himself from situations (even ostensibly good ones) that dont fit his terms. Hes been in talks with the music industry and dealt with shady contracts since Two-9s inception. For years, he put in work for a major artist as a ghostwriter, which was supposed to be his big break. But your name as an artist doesnt grow unless the rapper youre writing for puts you on. And he operates within that awareness now, working only with what feels genuine while scrapping that which no longer does.

Today, Key!s solo career is abuzz. Hes a feature on two underground hits, Look at Wrist (with Father and ILoveMakonnen) and U Guessed It (with OG Maco), both of which are representative of Atlantas recent wave of minimalism (a trend that feels like an alternative if not a direct response to the intergalactic space-war sound that has characterized Atlantas state of production for the last few years). Fathers a genius, says Key!, who met him through ILoveMakonnen earlier this year. I ask about the one-take video for “Look at Wrist,” and how he doesn’t even bother to lip sync his verse.

“‘Cause we didn’t know the words to that shit!”

Key! missed a FaceTime call from ILoveMakonnen while in the car with me. The recent OVO-signee jokingly accused him of having gone Hollywood (the two are each other’s number one fans). But Key! is just busy. Fuck, I want to be Hollywood. People talk shit about going Hollywood, but that just means youre making ityoure busy. If you werent busy, motherfuckers wouldnt be calling you anyway.

What becomes clear very quickly with Key! is that he is the opposite of what people would call thirsty. He isnt reaching for co-signs (even though Wiz Khalifa tweeted recently that Key! is one of his favorite artists, and had sent rap socialite Ian Connor to Atlanta to scout him for Taylor Gang). His collaborations are thorough, as in, he tends to stick with one or two producers for each project, and works with them in person as much as possible. He isnt scrambling back to Two-9 since their deal. He isnt running to Makonnen for OVO recognition.

Such characteristically non-thirsty behavior is especially apparent in his relationship with OG Maco. The two came together for their recent Give Em Hell EP, from which the runaway success of U Guessed It was born. Man, I dont even like that song. Why not? Well, I like my verse. My verse on that is retarded. He chose not to appear in the music video, which as of now has exceeded a million views. He also took Maco off of the EPs title track, for which he just released his own video. He did a verse for it, I just didnt like that shit. As such, Key! has extracted himself again. Hes willing to continue doing shows with Maco to promote their music on a professional level, but wants little to do with him on a personal one. I called him I was like, Ay bruh, everything cool, lets do what we got to do for this tape. But personally, I cant rock with you. He was like, What dont you like, bro? You know, its just like if we work at McDonalds and I dont like my co-worker. Maco has since signed a deal with Quality Control, the Migos label. Key! doesnt seem to care.

The only thirst Key! does seem to exhibit is for the adoration of Dej Loaf, Detroits young, rising star. Key! really only fucks with younger artists, at least in todays rap landscape. The CD I had in the car was a mix of Chief Keefs lesser-known recent catalog, but Key! was able to emphatically sing along to every song. I love Chief Keef. He can do no wrong. I love these young niggas careers. Keef and Thug. I ask about Young Thugs influence in Atlanta. Its hilarious man. You see the most hood niggas wearing the type of shit he wears now, everywhere. But hes been like that. He used to wear like, an extra-small Angry Birds T-shirt.

Were now at Sonny Digitals house. If anyone could have gone Hollywood, its Sonny. But since becoming one of Atlantas premier producers, he lives in the same house, and just bought a couple of others in the same area for his family. Hes gracious with his guests, a company of young artists rolling blunts and watching old boxing matches upstairs in his studio. He and Key! have a relationship that stems from many years back, and the two interact like the old friends that they are. At this point, Key!s grandmother has turned off his phones data service (she was upset at the way that he had rushed out of the house), and his Adderall is just kicking in, leaving him to talk with Sonny for a while about the music industry, strippers, and baby mothers (Key! is now a father of three). Key!s producers love him. Frequent collaborator TrapMoneyBenny (responsible for most of the beats on Key!’s notable Fathers Are the Curse mixtape) FaceTimes in for a moment to say fuck em. Key!s most recent project is an EP with production duo FKi, another member of Atlantas beatsmith illuminati. First, one of the duo, is waiting for us at The Metropolitan studios, where people like Rocko work adjacent to art school painters. First is mixing the EP and putting the finishing touches on 2 Chainz Lil Boy. When we get to the studio, Key! bounces back and forth between the mixing session and the rocket launchers he’s using to blow up police cars in Grand Theft Auto V.

Hes like an older brother who never passes the controller. Such is actually not a bad way to describe his role in the Atlanta rap community. He seems to play older brother to a lot of both up-and-coming as well as already successful artists, even though hes only 23. He seems like Makonnens big bro even though Makonnen is a couple years older than him. This is probably because of just how long Key! has been almost famous. I dont give a fuck about being New Atlanta. Ive been in every New Atlanta class since they started saying that. That, and hes been in the real Atlanta this whole time. I tell him how shocked I am at Atlantas relatively low population (the city proper has about 400,000 people, while Chicago, for example, has about 3.5 million), considering its stranglehold on hip-hop. Atlanta is the soccer team from a country with fewer than a million people that still takes the World Cup. He tells me the numbers dont mean much because a lot of these rappers dont actually live in Atlanta. Migos aint even Atlanta. Apparently, theyre from a more country neighborhood north of the city. Year after year, though, Key! has been right there in the middle.

As big brother (and real father), Key!s time has come, or rather, it has to come. Everyone around him is either on already, or is being snatched up in a deal. He lives at his grandmothers house, doesnt have a car, yet his fingerprints are all over a lot of what has everyone excited about Atlanta right now. With no hesitation nor joking tone, he declares, In the next year, Im going to surpass Kanye West. When we went to Magic City later that night, there was this moment when he kept saying, Im Non-Sway. Im Non-Sway, over and over.

What do you mean?

Ive got all the answers.


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2015 Great Digital Film Festival @ Scotiabank Theatre
Jan 30 – Feb 5 all-day
frc_digitalfilmfest2015_851x315_en_1[1]Cineplex Front Row Centre Events‘ Great Digital Film Festival brings your favourite sci-fi, fantasy and cult films back to the big screen from Jan. 30 – Feb. 5

The 2015 Great Digital Film Festival Lineup includes:

·       An all-day screening of the X-Men franchise: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men (2000);

·       25th anniversary screenings of Darkman (1990) and Dick Tracy (1990);

·       Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007);

·       Kill Bill Vol 1 (2003) and Kill Bill Vol 2 (2004);

·       Alien (1979);

·       Aliens (1986);

·       Hellboy (2004);

·       Pan’s Labyrinth (2006);

·       The Monster Squad (1987);

·       The Rocketeer (1991).