Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω
Kyprios & The Chaperones with Nouveau and The Hunter – Nov. 29
Cactus Jacks, doors at 9 p.m., $7 advance or $10 at the door
Going solo, former mainstay of Vancouver’s hip-hop collective, the Sweatshop Union, Kyprios is taking a live band on this tour, the Chaperones, a group of musicians he led to the Peak Performance Prize in 2010. Now he’s touring the province, in support of his new EP and prepping the land for a release in 2013.
Mikkal Waters with Lowell Friesen and Jayme McKillop – Dec. 1
The Art We Are, doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30, $10 at the door (under-12 free)
A folksy night at the late-night coffee shop, Waters found an ideal location to help launch his first EP. Despite being a part of the Okanagan music scene for a few years, this is the first time he’s put his music together on a physical thing. Expect a friendly set of guitar heavy songs.
Willhorse with Maurice – Dec. 13
The Dirty Jersey, show at 8:30 p.m., Free
A quartet out of Golden, B.C., is touring around the western provinces in support of its debut album. With a self-described southern-rock sound, Willhorse has already had some experience on stage, opening for acts like Elliot Brood. This time Willhorse has its own opening act in Vancouver-based Maurice, who, aside from creating his own brand of indie-pop-rock, produced Willhorse’s album.
Theory of a Deadman and Big Wreck – Dec. 17
Interior Savings Centre, doors at 7 p.m., $58.75
Chad Kroeger’s post-grunge, mainstream rock stalwarts Theory of a Deadman plow through town just a week before Christmas Eve. The Juno-winning, platinum-selling band hasn’t released anything in 2012, but is still touring off the strength of its 2011 album The Truth Is…, which is still producing singles. Travelling with Theory of a Deadman this tour is Big Wreck. Best known for material released in 1997, they’ve re-formed and are supporting 2012’s Albatross.
The Phonograff – Dec. 20
Cactus Jacks Night Club, doors at 7 p.m., $5.00
A hometown hero to some extent, Phonograff was born and raised in Kamloops, but now calls Vancouver home, a city he performs in regularly. He brings a variety to his DJing, with material hailing from hip-hop (he’s produced for MCs such as Moka Only) dub and electronica. In addition, he’s an accomplished turntablist (using the record and phonograph as an instrument through skills like scratching).