By: The Enemy Staff
THURSDAY: HAL PASS @ UNION SOUND HALL (110 Market Ave.)
A BUNCH OF DJS
DOORS @ 10 PM, PROBABLY
It's the biggest bar night of the year. According to who? Who knows, it's just something you hear promoters parrot around this time of the year. Union is supposed to be hosting a banger of a night, featuring their 5 DJs, pictured above, and the mysterious horse Hal. Lots of trap, lots of EDM, and lots of people making lots of regrettable drunken decisions sounds like the quintessential club night.
THURSDAY: NEW NEW @ Maw's Garage (111 Princess St.)
ALSO BUNCH OF DJS
9 PM - 2 AM
Maw's Garage presents a less intense alternative to (or pregame for) Union on Thursday. New New professes itself to be a night of new rap & R&B, courtesy of another slew of DJs. Lonnie Ce, Mav One, Jamil the DJ, and Sally Boo are spinning (apparently). No cover makes it worth checking out at the very least.
FRIDAY: MARIANAS TRENCH @ The MTS Centre
FRIDAY: THE LYTICS CD RELEASE PARTY @ The Pyramid (176 Fort St.)
THE LYTICS/3PEAT/NESTOR WYNRUSH (DJ SET)
$10 (TICKETS IN ADVANCE & AT THE DOOR)
DOORS @ 10 PM
After a several week hiatus from live hip-hop since Dilla Day (not counting the time when Stitches came through the city) Winnipeg welcomes a very rapping-ass Easter weekend. The weekend proper starts off with the release party for The Lytics' EP, Hold On. The Lytics have been travelling the world lately with their classic rap sounds, doing shows in Japan, England, and most recently, Texas at SXSW. They recently put out a video with Manitoba Music for their track Friction, and it sounds like some hard 90s Busta Rhymes boom bap. Lytics MC Andrew Sannie cites that their EP will be more in this lane, and that the group has been giving less of a fuck about making more of the upbeat rappity rap they're known for, It might be a cool show to check out. 3PEAT and Winnipeg hip-hop fixture Nestor Wynrush are rumoured to be involved in the show as well, which definitely bolsters the billing.
SATURDAY: Vinyl Vault @ The Power Building Basement (428 Portage Ave.)
10 AM - 3 PM
The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra's monthly vinyl sale falls on the holiday weekend. They specifically emphasize the sale of rare jazz, pop, classical, and rock records, and tout collectibles as a specialty of theirs. It's free to enter, and this is the only all ages event posted in this list. A free hour this Saturday afternoon may prove fruitful for a keen producer or vinyl fan.
SATURDAY: VANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY @ The Good Will (625 Portage Ave.)
ELDER ABUSE/ARI I.Q./3PEAT/SMRT/YOUNG ZAIRE (DJ SET)
DOORS @ 9 PM
Another free show! There are supposed to be Vans giveaways, according to Facebook, as well as performances from some of the city's best young artists. Elder Abuse poses a welcome punk contrast to the rest of the billing, and the differences between SMRT, ARI I.Q.'s introspective raps, and Young Zaire's ear for new boundary-pushing trap artists makes this show the most eclectic of the bunch.
SATURDAY: MEDIAFIRE @ The Handsome Daughter (61 Sherbrook St.)
DOORS @ 10 PM
The title alone betrays the weird, interesting, Internet-fuelled nature of this club night at the Handsome Daughter. Mediafire plays a mix of up pop hits and remixes, R&B, and a ton of music with female heavy vocals. Everyone there is so cute and tumblr goth or whatever so you should totally go.
SUNDAY: JORDAN KLASSEN @ The Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.)
JORDAN KLASSEN & GUESTS/GHOST TWIN
8 PM - 10:30 PM
Jordan Klassen wrote a lot about his new album on his Bandcamp here. If you want to know more we advise that you go read about it there, and listen to the available track, and his previous works, Repentance and Kindness. Klassen falls in the sparkly, murky waters of dreampop, and is swallowed up into the oceans of 'indie' and 'folk' (compartmentalizing music into genres is so problematic). More noticeable than anything, however, is how much his music exudes tenderness and hope. Klassen croons the perfectly cathartic, reflective tunes that belong at the end of a weekend. These are Sunday joints for a Sunday show. The local group Ghost Twin are also part of the bill, and they sound a lot more intense. They self-identify as 'dark synth gloom pop', and it's a pretty fitting description, if you had to label it. Their music has an aura that shifts constantly from industrial, crashing sounds that grip your brain to stirring, aetherial vocals and aloof synths. It's like someone thawed out some German 80s electronic/new wave duo from an abandoned cryo chamber and unleashed them on Winnipeg 30-something years later. If these bands are as good live as they sound coming out of this laptop, the Park Theatre is where you should be spending your Easter Sunday night, especially for a paltry 15 doubloons.
MONDAY: MOVIE KNIGHTS PRESENTS SUPER TROOPERS @ The Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.)
MOVIE @ 8 PM
The Park Theatre is hosting a Monday movie night to cap off the long weekend (or super long weekend for those who have Easter Monday off as well) with Super Troopers. The doors open at 5:00, and between then and the feature presentation at 8, Movie Knights is putting on a table tennis tournament. But you know that already from the poster.