hi-life records – living the high life!

What happens when you mix percussion, bass line, rhythm and groove?

If you’re alive, it should move you!

That’s the philosophy behind hi-life records, lead by founder Bernard Magale aka “SKLA”, this Vancouver based group is devoted to bringing you the best in music that moves you…deep techno, electronic house is their specialty. With a depth of experience and connections around the world the team has a passion for beats.  Whether it’s putting on a great event featuring DJ and artists from around the world, managing and nurturing their own talent from right here at home to producing and distributing great tracks and compilations on their own label hi-life has the determination to get you on your feet.

Check out sample tracks on the hi-life Beatport channel.

Then get your dancing shoes on tonight and check out
SKLA at the club, Five-Sixty
or Ben Coleman at Pop Opera


Check out their other artists and watch for their shows around town:

SKLA – Founder/Artist http://soundcloud.com/djskla
Ben Colmen http://soundcloud.com/bencolmen
Luis Sastre http://soundcloud.com/luissastre
Nick Bertossi http://soundcloud.com/nickbertossi
Alexander Fog [IT] http://soundcloud.com/alexanderfog
Nunzi [NY] http://soundcloud.com/djnunzi

Follow @hiliferecords on twitter to stay up to date on what’s happening!

What’s On Weekends – May 5 – 7, 2011

As we get closer to summer, although the weather might not agree, it looks like more activities are happening.

Here’s some stuff on my list this weekend!

Thursday May 5
It’s Cinco de Mayo so I’m sure a few cervezas are on the agenda for everyone!
– After two nights in Vancouver, The Pixies are wrapping up their Doolittle: 20th Anniversary Tour in Victoria.
– Looking for some Thursday night beats?! hi-life Records presents “Movement – Session 1 featuring MARCO LYS (from Italy)” at Ginger 62
-local faves Mother Mother play Commodore Ballroom for the second of two Vancouver shows.

Friday May 6
if you’ve recovered from Cinco de Mayo
– head out to ANZA Club for SPIT Vancouver’s Seis de Mayo party
– if you’re looking for some nostalgia Men Without Hats are playing Club 9One9 in Victoria
– At Five-Sixty it’s B2B systemsound tag team sessions w/ DJ’s SKLA, Right Hand, PK and Joel Armstrong
-At Pop Opera there’s You Plus One resident DJ search with Battle One + Wobbelix & Subsapien
-Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall is playing an early show @VenueLive



Saturday May 7th
First Saturday Open Studios is your chance to check out some great artists and get some inspiration as you tour their studios, check the event’s link for info on which artists.
-at 6pm  Coca-Cola is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary with a free concert by These Kids Were Crowns in Robson Square
Men without Hats play @VenueLive for your Vancouver nostalgia fix
The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Hairspray opens at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and runs until July 10.

Pixies – Doolittle 20th Anniversary Tour

Pixies – Orpheum Theatre – May 3, 2011

The Pixies

Coming to the end of nearly two years of touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the landmark album, Doolittle, The Pixies wowed the sold out Vancouver audience.  Performing a nearly two hour set starting off with B Sides and the entire Doolittle album from start to finish, the quartet reminded us of why this was album launched them into international fame and acclaim.
From the first strains of Debaser to the howls of Gigantic the audience was hanging on

Francis Black

every note as though they’d not heard them in 20 years. Perhaps they were taken back to that time when ‘grunge’ was in its infancy and the ‘quiet/loud’ sound that the Pixies gave birth to, and bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins adopted, was innovative and amazing.
The animosity between members that lead to their early 90’s break up seems to have withered with age but none of the skills that these four brilliant musicians possess has faded at all.  For four middle aged Bostonians they can still produce a wall of sound that delights and amazes. The Doolittle album tracks seemed to wiz by, possibly due to their incredible short length, the longest being not even 4 minutes long.  The B sides allowed for more experimentation as some had never regularly been played live so were rehearsed just for this tour. The opening set of four obscure B sides and

Kim Deal and David Lovering

the closing two encores filled out the show and made us appreciate the Pixies that much more.  Hopefully it’s not another 20 years before we hear those tracks again!

Pure Nightclub Las Vegas – Pure Entertainment!

Recently I had the opportunity to check out Pure Nightclub in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas and I highly recommend it!

Inside, The White Room - Private VIP tables

There was a large group of us who came by the club later in the night after attending a wedding. The line to get in was fairly short but inside was packed and the music and party was in full force. At $30 ($20 for ladies) the admission was high but the entertainment value was higher and drinks were reasonable.  This night was celebrating the launch of the new Skyy Infusions Dragon Fruit Vodka.

Many of the people I was with live in the UK and all said it was one of the best nightclubs they’d ever been to!  The sleek interior is clean and bright, and at 36,000 there’s plenty of space to dance, drink,  lounge or just hangout…it’s not surprising that Pure was voted #1 nightclub in America by E! Entertainment Television.  Private rooms, tables and cabanas can be booked to tailor your party experience to your needs.

Outside, The Terrace - Private Cabanas

Our group headed upstairs to the magnificent terrace on the roof, with an amazing view overlooking the famed Las Vegas Strip.  The DJ was pumping out some great beats and the dance floor, in fact the whole terrace, was dancing up a storm.  Whether it was outside, upstairs or inside, downstairs the music sounded great and everyone seemed to be having a good time…the only thing stopping the party was closing time.

If you’re in Las Vegas I highly recommend checking out Pure Nightclub, we’ll definitely head back again!



Fleet Foxes – Crazy (Good) Like A Fox

Fleet Foxes – Vogue Theatre – April 28, 2001

Fleet Foxes

Seattle’s Fleet Foxes kicked off their world tour in Vancouver with two sold out dates at the historic Vogue Theatre. An intimate theatre is the perfect setting for this critically acclaimed sextet. Lead singer Robin Pecknold’s beautiful vocals filled the theatre and kept the audience completely enraptured throughout the 90 minute set. In addition to the excited audience, all the members seemed ready and excited to be on the road again. After achieving such huge acclaim and popularity of the back of their debut album, their second full length album, “Helplessness Blues”, which debuts on May 3rd, has a lot to live up to…and they more than live up to the hype.
The new songs fit in seamlessly even though this was the first public play for many of them. The only telling moments may have been the sometimes lengthy pauses between songs as the band tuned their next instruments. The band’s musicality gives you a sense that each member is such an accomplished musician that they could exchange instruments and not miss a beat. Often those instruments are ones not commonly seen in a modern rock band; flute, mandolin, double bass, tambourine and sax. However, Fleet Foxes is no common band, their blend of folk, rock and pop feels timeless and familiar while at the same time seeming new and cutting edge.
Up next for the band are tour dates in:
– May 1
Crystal Ballroom
Portland, OR
– May 2
Moore Theatre
Seattle, WA
– May 3
Moore Theatre
Seattle, WA
– May 5
Fox Theater
Oakland, CA
– May 6
Spreckles Theatre
San Diego, CA
– May 7
Hollywood Palladium
Hollywood, CA
– May 8
Rialto Theatre
Tucson, AZ
– May 10
Stubb’s Waller Creek
Austin, TX
– May 11
Palladium Ballroom
Dallas, TX
– May 13
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
– May 14
The Tabernacle
Atlanta, GA
– May 15
DAR Constitution Hall
Washington, DC
– May 17
Orpheum Theatre
Boston, MA
– May 18
The United Palace Theatre
New York, NY
– May 19
The United Palace Theatre
New York, NY
– May 21
Tower Theatre
Upper Darby, PA

Obakki – Fall/Winter 2011

Obakki – Fall / Winter 2011 Collection – St Andrew’s Wesley Church – April 29, 2011

[cincopa AgNADkq_6s8Q] Luxury brand Obakki debuted its Fall Winter 2011 collection at in the divine light of St Andrew’s Wesley Church in downtown Vancouver.  Fittingly for the classic gothic church, an old world feel was present throughout the collection.  Beautiful neutral bone and antique white contrasted against charcoals and blacks with pops of bright reds and earthy ochre. Luxurious embroidered and woven fabrics played alongside light, breezy sheers and chiffons.  Shirts and dresses with tight silhouettes gave way to flowing billowy skirts and blouses.  Well tailored coats and trousers lent structure to the romantic glamour of the raw feminine styles.  All of the pieces were a perfect balance of playful, sexy and luxurious which meant every woman would be comfortable in the entire collection.
As an added bonus to the evening ticket proceeds benefited the Obakki Foundation, which supports humanitarian efforts in Cameroon.  By empowering people to be creative; using their thoughts, ideas, art and fashion, to make a positive change in their lives and those of the their family and friends.

Caesars Palace – Las Vegas Vacation

“…because every guest is a Caesar”, that’s the logic behind Caesars (not Caesar’s) Palace.

Every thing a guest could look for is available at this leisure and entertainment mecca in the middle of the Las Vegas strip. This is not a Griswald Vacation!

Begun in 1966, Caesars Palace is an every evolving complex that’s grown to include 3348 rooms spread over 5 towers, a major casino, swimming pool complex, Michelin starred restaurants, shopping mall, nightclubs and entertainment theatres.  Guests really do not need to ever step outdoors to experience the best of Las Vegas.
The standard guest rooms are very spacious and feature large, deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers while suites in the newest

Augustus Tower

Augustus Tower are luxuriously appointed, large and many feature amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip.  In the Forum Tower guests will find rooms with over 1000square feet of space.

Whatever type of holiday tickles your fancy it’s probably available at Caesars Palace; I recently attended one of my best friends’ wedding and the 50+ guests all had a great time.  Whatever activity we could think of, we found it;  gambling in the huge casino, laying by the swimming pool,  pampering in the spa, enjoying world renowned Michelin starred restaurants like Restaurant Guy Savoy and Mesa Grill.  Libations were had in some of the many bars, lounges and nightclubs found throughout the complex and making a safe bet on some great shopping in the Forum Shops adjoining the casino were also on our list.  Whatever we needed it was all waiting downstairs from our guest suites.  When we felt like venturing out beyond the resort the central location meant we were easily within reach of all the other casinos, resorts and malls along The Strip.  I would definitely base my next trip to Las Vegas around Caesars Palace too.