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May 1, 2018

Dancefloor Maintenance: May line-up

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Jens, our head of programme talks about how next month’s line-up came together. He is a real house-music nerd. There is something about a 4 by 4 beat, 120-something bpm and the warm, rolling house sound that he cannot live without. In this series; ‘Dancefloor maintenance’, we ask him to do a little write-up on how the programme came together and what we can expect for the coming month.

So; What’s up for May?
We kick off our May programme with an agency-showcase by Unmute on the 4th of May. A relatively young agency here in Amsterdam, that hosts a wide array of artists. Many of the DJ’s on their roster have been Canvas regulars for a long time. They’re either in the booth, or dancing their ass off in front of it. For this night they invited (I think) their entire roster to play. The line-up is so ram-packed that we had to continue the programming in Doka to be able to fit it all.

The day after we celebrate freedom, and who better to invite than the trio Malibu Athletic Club for this. With their not-too-serious approach to life, they are the perfect embodiment of freedom. The mix between disco edits, house anthems and warm vibes all around are going to make for a very special fifth of May.

For the weekend after, there is a golden combination lined up for both days. On Friday we are hosting two of our residents on the same night. Aurelius & DJ SENC take over the booth for 5 hours back to back. It will be a clash of titans in the field of 90’s house music. Aurelius with the Kerri Chandler approach (his nickname isn’t Yung Kerri for nothing), while DJ SENC takes the Italian ‘Paradise Mix’ approach – the tracks that were an homage to the Italian rave scene in the beautiful Riviera Adriatica. Because partying in that scenery was like paradise. During the night on the 11th of May, Aurelius & DJ SENC will bring these two together, for a paradise mixture.

The 12th, the entire eastern part of Amsterdam is celebrating with the event 24H Oost. We have a fully packed day programme as well, with a preview of our Buskers’ Inn music festival on our ground floor. During the night we’re hosting wonderboy Joel Hemmen and fellow Tilburg-hotshot Lucky Done Gone. It isn’t the first time these two share the booth, we’ll be ensured loads of cheeky tunes this night. It’ll be a back & forth of madness. I’m really looking forward to see the entire neighbourhood dance their asses off during this special event.

On the 18th of May it’s up to Attek & Sven Prinsen. With Attek recently being signed to STRCTR and his new ‘Walk in the Park/Talk to People’ EP dropping, he’s in the limelight of the French/Dutch house sound at the minute. Which means it’s time for another show in Canvas. He’s joined by Sven Prinsen, an Amsterdam regular who’s recently moved into our basement studio’s in the Broedplaats. So we can expect a lot of music coming from him the coming time.

On Saturday we’re joined by the Koffie Verkeerd crew, who are really taking over the Netherlands with a dedicated club-tour of their Zwarte Koffie concept. But we all know that the real party is at the Koffie Verkeerd nights, where they blend it up between hits, house & r&b. This really is a night that goes in all directions.

Somewhere mid March I asked AJ Buitendijk & Heftone to come over for a night, and oh boy, it was an instant match. I immediately decided I wanted them for another night of grooving house music. On the 25th of May they’re up for the task – bringing their distinctive mix between old, new, classics & super obscure house records to our DJ booth.

On the last Saturday of May it’s time for another night of PÅL & SECAM, two tried & tested Canvas residents. They know how to mix it up between pretty much the entire musical spectrum. They move fluently between wave, hip-hop, house, funk, folk & back to wave, no genre is too obscure for them to blend in their sets. A perfect way to end the month on a musical journey.

Another big event in May is that we kick off “Canvas op hete Kolen” – which is our rooftop-BBQ that will take place every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. It’ll be the perfect way to finish the week & start the weekend. I mean, what’s better than corn on the cob, ice cold beer, BBQ and a killer view. The first event takes place on the 18th of May at Klein Canvas. Access to the club is granted if you attend the BBQ. Looking forward to see you all there. As always;

Zie je links voor.

Jens Rasmussen

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