Fiesta Africana – Sat April 22 – Backstage Lounge

Celebrating the arrival of Spring, DJ Marc Fournier presents FIESTA AFRICANA at The Backstage Lounge! The whole African diaspora will be represented in music (as much as 4 hours allows….) including Soukous, Salsa, Champeta, Cumbia, Coupé Décalé, Kizomba, Azonto, etc.

Sharing the stage, two of the best percussionists in the city: Kurai Bandambira Nyamukapa of Zimbamoto fame, & Raphael Geronimo, leader of Rumba Calzada.     Visuals by Tajah Olson. Juepa! Ça va chauffer!


Thank you for supporting Electropical for the past decade!

Electropical-Final-Edition-1823What a night!

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out and made the 10-year anniversary and final edition of Electropical a massive success on November 15.

Special thanks to percussionists Yoro Noukoussi, Sacha Percussionista, Raphael Geronimo, Nick Apivor, Nyamukapa Kurai, and Alex Babeanu, as well as bellydancer Bobbi-Dee Schultz.

Check out our gallery to see photos from the event, taken by our talented friend Juan Carlos Azpilcueta.

And visit our video page to catch Ross Harvey‘s very cool video of highlights from the final Electropical.

Thanks again for your support of Electropical over the past decade. We’ll keep you posted on fresh new events in the year ahead!


Electropical — the 10th anniversary / finale party — Saturday, Nov 15 at Backstage Lounge

10th anniversary sparklers photo

Electropical hits the decade mark this November, and we’re planning a 10th anniversary / finale party to celebrate!

Saturday, November 15 marks the 10th anniversary of ELECTROPICAL!

We (DJs Marc Fournier and Michael Laycock) are preparing a special night to celebrate a decade of our groundbreaking worldbeat dance party and mark the start of exciting new directions.

Many of the percussionists who have accompanied us on stage during the last 10 years will work their magic throughout the night, adding a vital live element to our selections of urban sounds with a tropical edge.

ELECTROPICAL is one of the longest-running DJ nights in Vancouver, born out of two previous club nights — DJ Marc’s AFRODISIA at the ANZA Club, and DJ Michael’s GLOBALICIOUS at the Media Club.

Over the years, ELECTROPICAL has packed many dance floors and launched many long-time friendships as we’ve shared our passion for global music and good vibes. It’s been an incredible run, and we feel extremely gratified that so many great people have come along with us for the ride.

We have fresh new projects in the works, and we’ve decided to end in style and wrap up ELECTROPICAL with this 10-year anniversary / finale party at the Backstage Lounge.

We look forward to celebrating with our many guests, friends, and dancers who have supported ELECTROPICAL over the past decade.

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We’re back Sat Oct 18 at the Backstage Lounge

small_jet_palmsMark your calendars now for the next edition of Electropical on Saturday, October 18 at the Backstage Lounge.

We’ll serve up scintillating sounds from the five continents to the most open-minded and diverse crowd in Vancouver.

This month’s sonic itinerary includes stops in Cairo, Paris, and Mexico City, just for starters.

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An endless summer continues at Electropical Sat Sept 20 at the Backstage Lounge

Plane approaches beach airportSummer’s not over yet, so we’ll keep the sounds of the season coming at the September edition of Electropical.

New and classic tracks this month from Barcelona, Beirut, and Buenos Aires.

And we’ll dig deep into our ever-expanding collections of African rhythms, Arabian waves, Balkan bangers, Brazilian beats, and Caribbean sounds to keep you moving.

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We’re back Sat June 14 with guest Sacha “Percussionista” Levin at the Backstage Lounge

Sacha Levin

Sacha Levin

We’re excited to have Sacha Levin back as our guest percussionist at Electropical on Saturday, June 14.

Sacha currently performs, records, and teaches with some of Vancouver’s top musicians. Skilled in African and Latin percussion, she has performed and toured throughout B.C. and the rest of Canada. She last appeared at Electropical in November.

If you haven’t seen Sacha in action before, you’re in for a treat. Don’t miss out.

She’ll accompany us as we spin our signature mix of African rhythms, Arabian waves, Brazilian beats, Caribbean sounds, and Balkan bangers.

New and classic tracks this month from Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Spain.

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DJ Michael Laycock’s new salsa mix on Mixcloud

I’ve been meaning to put together a salsa mix for a while now. After all, salsa always gets people onto the dance floor at Electropical.

Of course, being an Electropical mix, these are tracks that give salsa a healthy, playful, global kick in the ass. A few are from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia, but the rest hail from Senegal, Turkey, India, France, and beyond.

Enjoy, and see you Saturday, May 17 when Electropical returns to the Backstage Lounge!


Electropical May 2014 Salsa Mix by Michael Laycock on Mixcloud

Chris Couto of Kutapira is our guest percussionist at Electropical, Sat May 17 at Backstage Lounge

Chris Couto

Chris Couto

We’re happy to announce that Chris Couto of acclaimed local band Kutapira will be our guest on percussion at Electropical on Saturday, May 17.

And as if that weren’t enough, we’ll also be celebrating the Victoria Day long weekend and the return of DJ Michael Laycock’s 25th birthday.

Join Michael and DJ Marc Fournier at the Backstage Lounge on Saturday, May 17 as they spin birthday beats from the five continents.

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Electropical begins 10th year Sat Jan 18 at Backstage Lounge

2014_beach_sunsetAnother lap around the sun, and a new milestone has begun…

Electropical’s 10th year starts Saturday, January 18 at the Backstage Lounge.

Join us as we serve up some future sounds of 2014 as well as more of our favourite sounds of 2013.

We’ll dig deep into our ever-expanding collections of Brazilian beats, Caribbean grooves, African rhythms, Arabian waves, and Balkan bangers to keep you moving.

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