Halloween club show picks
by Sheena Jardine-Olade
Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. It has far transcended the tricks and treats and has turned into a time when every single one of us, from conception to infinity, goes wild. Halloween falls on a weekend this year, which means hedonism will be fully engaged in, along with a little bit of daylight savings time to give us the extra kick we need before weekday duties call.
If you are tired of hanging out at the cemetery, your Ouija board has once again let you down, and a -15 C tailgate party has not appealed to you since you turned 18, Calgary is rife with electronic music parties this year. So take a few minutes to stop rummaging through the tickle-trunk for last year’s costume and jot down a couple of notes. There are enough good times (and drunk people) so that everyone will be just that much happier.
Here’s hoping that you have a great time no matter where you end up, and promise us you will dance to “Thriller” at least once this Halloween.
Katalyst Events, founders of Motion Notion festival, have again returned with their annual Halloween party, Voodoo. With great line-ups and always interesting and exciting venues (COP and the Calgary Tower just to mention a few), this time is no different with the easily accessible Chinese Cultural Center.
This two-room event will bring you everything from psytrance to electro to glitch hop. For those who are more on an indie-electro tip, you might recognize the name of Edmonton’s own electro-pop sweethearts, Shout Out Out Out Out!
Just remember that costumes are mandatory and people go all out. So basically, if you were thinking about going as the French maid or wearing your hat from Stampede, you might want to reconsider.
Where: Chinese Cultural Center
Tickets: $35 at Grass Roots or Foosh (Edmonton)
PROM GONE WRONG
If your prom went badly the first time and you want to give it a second shot, this might not be the best place to get that clichŽ “happily-ever-after” ending that you didn’t manage to achieve during round one.
At this prom, you won’t leave crying because your date left with the head cheerleader and all the class bullies poured blood on you and ruined the prom dress that your grandma spent all month working on.
Jubilee, from Trouble and Bass (if you don’t know, just a heads up— they are taking over the world), has taken some time off from her other jobs as producer, production manager of Studio B, blogger, New York resident for Modular Records, and mixed tape-compiler for Discobelle and Mishka to touch down in Canada for this oh-so-special night.
She will be sharing her prom queen status with the ladies of Bitchin’ and these girls even have a Prince Charming to round off the night in A-Mac. This will be a night of nasty prom goers and even nastier prom dresses with photo shoots for the creep show yearbook 2010. So come to the party and challenge them for their crown…they dare you.
Where: HiFi Club
Tickets: $10 at the door
KILLING ON THE DANCEFLOOR
Just when you thought you might have everything worked out, a late event release just spun us a 180 and made us totally reconsider our Halloween plans.
Monster Energy Drinks and the HiFi bring you a massive party at the Theatre Junction Grande.
With two rooms, nine artists and a haunted staircase in one of Calgary’s most historical venues, a soiree in style is what you will be getting by attending. Miss Ange from Vibe will be hosting the party with MC/DJ duo Thunderheist, Matt the Alien, Vinyl Ritchie, Small Town DJs, and the Homebreakin’ crew. Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby have danced there too, so let’s just say you’re going to be in pretty good company.
Where: Theatre Junction Grande
Tickets: $10 dollars in advance (limited number at the door)
For those who need something a little darker and heavier on Halloween, you might want to go and check out Asylum.
The show will consist of international talent in the form of Dylan playing dirty dark tech step, and homegrown talent being represented by Aukfen and Illesha, who will showcase not only her talents in mixing bass music, but her skills as an accomplished vocalist.
This is an 18-plus event, and for those of you who missed out when Calgary was a formidable haven for the all-night party, now is your chance to relive that. When all the other events are done and you have some more party in you, swing by, as this one goes till 6 a.m.
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Center
Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $40 after midnight (so come early!)
Thunderheist will undoutedly show you up in the costume contest at Killing on the Dancefloor, this Halloween night at the Theatre Junction Grande.