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By: Vanessa Tam

Peligro Tropical is one of the most unique global dance parties youโ€™ll ever experience in Vancouver, maybe even the world.

Translated, Peligro Tropical morphs into โ€œTropical Dangerโ€ and features an electric combination of genres from cumbia futuro and dancehall to dem bow, baile funk, moombahton and reggaeton. โ€œPeligro, to me and the team, means a chance at being able to showcase a variety of cultures through global club music,โ€ explains event co-founder and resident DJ Dr. Seiz a.k.a. Mario. โ€œBeing born in Guatemala, Iโ€™ve always been around very high energy percussions and rhythmic melodies and have been lucky enough to grow up with many different musical influences throughout my childhood.โ€

Celebrating over two years of tropical parties, the team is excited to be welcoming Peligroโ€™s first out of town guest, Rizzla from the label Fade To Mind. โ€œRizzla is a producer weโ€™ve looked up to for quite some time now,โ€ Mario shares. โ€œWhen I heard he was going on tour, I thought it would be a great opportunity to put on a show for our city and showcase an amazing artist who has always pushed the envelope to broaden the musical taste of his listeners. Rizzlaโ€™s music is a perfect blend of club sounds mixed Caribbean and Latinx influences.โ€

Try something different, experience a little tropical danger and celebrate a different side of club music that you might not be familiar with, you may just find out that your new favorite tune created somewhere on the other side of the globe.

Peligro Tropical

Peligro Tropical with Rizzla takes place in the Fortune Sound Club Special Projects Space on Friday, January 27th. Tickets are free with rsvp.

Originally published on BeatRoute Magazine.

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By: Vanessa Tam

Chinese New Year marks the end of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar and is considered to be a major holiday for all of China and anywhere there is a significant Chinese population. While the 44th annual Chinese New Year Parade happens just outside of our doors on Sunday, January 29th, the Fortune Sound Club Special Projects space will be open for a special art show presented by District Local titled, Get Lucky.

In celebration of the year of the Fire Rooster, District Local invited a select number of local artists to create artwork on red lucky envelopes with the freedom to use their media of choice. Over the past few years, District Local has been able to develop a great online community based on the happenings of Vancouver’s local culture and community.

Get Lucky Art Show

“Get Lucky is the first art event we’ve produced, and we chose this particular theme and location to align with a bigger conversation. As the landscape of Chinatown rapidly changes, it’s part of an ongoing discussion for us and many others to activate community participation in the neighbourhood in creative and meaningful ways. By working with organizations that represent or serve different groups in the community, we’ve poured our hearts into producing this community-oriented, culturally-relevant event with the hope to facilitate the desire for open dialogue and relationships – bridge connections between new and old. We’re looking forward to bringing together local artists, friends and family, community members and partners around an iconic cultural celebration.”

– Pearl Lam, Co-Founder of District Local

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Get Lucky Art Show

Get Lucky: An Art Show

 

Where: Fortune Sound Club Special Projects Space – 147 East Pender Street

When: Sunday, February 29 – noon to 4 pm

Tickets: Free to attend with registration on Eventbrite

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Rap music has one of the richest histories and some of the most passionate fans in the world. Don’t even try to start an argument with a hip hop head over the genius of Kanye West or whether J. Cole is in fact a good or bad rapper without all the facts unless you want to lose.

Looking for a way to pay homage to rap music every day of the year, local artists Mega McGrath from Street Script and Lauren Coutts from Kicksmas Cards teamed up to create RAP365: The 2017 Rap Calendar. Stacked with custom illustrations by the two artists including daily facts and iconic dates from the history of rap music, the calendar brings new life to the genre.

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“One of my friends actually suggested [that I make a calendar] in passing and I kinda wrote it off as a joke,” explains McGrath about her inspiration behind the ambitious project. “I tend to take jokes (and things in general) a little too far, and while this calendar started out as a small project, it has basically become a full on publication now. I brought in Lauren because I realized how much work it was going to be, and also because she is my favourite designer in Vancouver. I just wanted to provide people with a way to feel connected to such an amazing culture.”

Grab a RAP 365: The 2017 Rap Calendar at their launch party on Friday, January 20 at Fortune Sound Club or order it from their online store.

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RAP 365: The 2017 Rap Calendar Launch Party

 

Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender St, Vancouver

When: Friday, January 20, 7-11 pm

Tickets: Free

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