Electropical’s 8th anniversary bash, Sat Nov 17 with Yoro Noukoussi on percussion

Eighth birthday cupcake and candleElectropical turns eight years old this month, and we’re gearing up to celebrate.

Join us on Saturday, November 17 at the Backstage Lounge and help us celebrate eight years of urban sounds with a tropical edge.

We’re working on a special evening for you. Our guest percussionist will be our long time partner and ”dean” of the Electropical rhythms, Yoro Noukoussi! Originally from Benin, Yoro travelled and studied in Africa and Europe before settling in Vancouver and opening his own recording studio, Waaba music. He is a master drummer and a crowd favourite. Good to have him back — it’s been a while!

Huge thanks to all our musical collaborators, the Backstage Lounge, and — most of all — our many guests who have supported us for most of a decade. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Electropical returns Sat Oct 20 with guest Sacha Levin on percussion

Sacha Levin

Sacha Levin

Sacha “Percussionista” Levin joins DJs Marc and Michael for the October edition of Electropical.

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 May.

She’ll accompany the DJ duo as they spin their signature mix of African rhythms, Arabian waves, Brazilian beats, Caribbean sounds, and Balkan bangers.

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

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Electropical returns Sat Sept 15 to Backstage Lounge

[flickr id=”6403714133″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”large” group=”” align=”right”]Summer’s not over yet, so we’ll keep the sounds of the season coming at the September edition of Electropical.

New tracks this month from Cali, NYC, Luanda, Rio, and Melbourne.

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

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Electropical returns Sat July 21 to Backstage Lounge

KLM 747 Going Home

Photo: smaedli

Just a quick note to announce the first boarding call for Electropical on Saturday, July 21. Departing from the Backstage Lounge, our sonic itinerary includes stops in NYC, Rio, Lagos, Cairo, and Mumbai, for starters…

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Shantel this Wed June 13 – Electropical this Sat June 16

What a week!Shantel promo

Balkan Beat master SHANTEL plays his Vancouver debut on Wednesday, and ELECTROPICAL kick-starts summer this Saturday.

An Electropical favourite, Shantel (Disko Partizani; Planet Paprika) has taken concerts halls, clubs, and festivals in Europe by storm since the early 2000s with his unique take on traditional Balkan music and club nights. The German producer / musician / DJ performs a DJ session this Wed June 13 at the Red Room along with Turkish DJs Burinata Duo, Beats Without Borders DJ Lady Ra, and belly dancer Rahel. More info and links to tix here and here.

And this Sat June 16, ELECTROPICAL starts summer early with our sun-infused mix of urban sounds with a tropical edge.

Cheers, spread the word, and see you Wednesday and Saturday!

Summer starts early with us June 16 at Backstage Lounge

[flickr id=”6403711525″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”large” group=”” align=”right”] Summer is almost here, and DJs Marc and Michael are in the mood to turn up the heat.

Join us Saturday, June 16 for Electropical at the Backstage Lounge. We’ll get the season started a little early with our sun-infused mix of urban sounds with a tropical edge.

New tracks this month from Cali, NYC, and Melbourne.

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Electropical returns Sat May 19 with Sacha “Percussionista” Levin

Sacha Levin

Sacha Levin

Queen Victoria turns 193 and Electropical DJ Michael Laycock turns 29 (again) on the May long weekend, so it’s time to celebrate.

Join Michael and DJ Marc Fournier at the Backstage Lounge on Saturday, May 19 as they serve up birthday beats from the five continents.

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

And Sacha “Percussionista” Levin will join the DJ duo on bells and skins. 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 April 2011.

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Electropical: The Carnival edition, February 18, 2012

Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival
(Photo: Romazur)

Carnival arrives in many parts of the world on the same weekend as the February Electropical, so we’re tuned in to the spirit of the season.

Join us for the Carnival edition of Electropical on Saturday, February 18 at the Backstage Lounge.

It’s a masquerade party, so bring a mask of your own (whether it’s from Rio, Recife, Trinidad, Port-au-Prince, Santiago, Venice, or the Party Bazaar), or pick one up at the door at no charge.

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

UPDATE: We’ll be joined by special guest percussionist Navaro Franco. Navaro is a founding member of DivaDrum, an all female rhythm & movement quartet. Her drumming experience includes training in Brazilian Batucada and Japanese Taiko drumming.

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Electropical: January 21, 2012

Start the new year in style with Electropical on Saturday, January 21 at the Backstage Lounge.

We’ll serve up more of our favourite sounds of 2011, as well as some future sounds of 2012.

And 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.

So shake what mama gave you, enjoy our mix of urban sounds with a tropical edge, and meet friendly people and great dancers from everywhere.

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