The harm reduction movement is gaining more ground every day. It’s crazy to think that a decade ago, the term itself was hardly known. While it’s tough to pinpoint an exact date of when it began, the opening of Insite in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is
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The PNW is currently going through a major epidemic. For the past several years, opioid related deaths have been skyrocketing across the region as our backyard continues to be the hardest hit in a crisis that is affecting both Canada and the US. It’s been
London’s Ivy Lab has been keeping very busy over the last few years, making numerous appearances at festivals and clubs throughout the PNW. With multiple performances in Vancouver and Seattle, plus life changing sets at Bass Coast & Shambhala, the name of Ivy Lab has
Go stick your head out the window and take a big whiff. Smell that? Spring is in the air! Yes, putting up with the last four months are finally paying off as the raindrops turn to sunshine and warm air slowly trickles in. While the
Hola, orta vez! It’s getting down to crunch time with Bamboo Bass Festival now less than a week away, but there’s a lot more to prep than just your flight and accommodations. It’s time to start planning out some of the fine details for the trip
While festival season is still a ways off in the PNW, there are still some positives we can take from this particularly soggy time of the year. Even though the weather sucks, it leaves plenty of room to fill available bookings with talented artists. If
Getting sick of the cold yet? With just over a month until we step foot in our favorite jungle once again, is there any better way to celebrate the countdown to Bamboo Bass Festival than with a lineup teaser from Sleeveless Records & DD&D?! Well
Happy New Year to all our readers north of the border!! With the start of 2018, we thought what better way to kick off the New Year than saving a bit of money for festival season? Rifflandia is returning to Victoria in September, and as
By now, you’ve most likely noticed that Bamboo Bass Festival is returning to Costa Rica for their third time, and once again there is strong representation from the PNW! While dropping it down low in the jungles of Jaco is something we all want to
Winter is returning to the Pacific Northwest, and unfortunately for us it looks like it’s here to stay. The seemingly endless amounts of wind and rain are about to ruin your vibes for the next four or five months, and with no end (or sun)
When it comes to the overall popularity of genres within dance music, Drum & Bass tends to fall pretty far down the list. Sure, it has something of a cult following, but in the grand scheme of things it often takes a seat behind house,
It may be a week before the solstice, but here in Victoria, summer kicks off when the first festival on the island opens their gates. This year that honor goes to Victoria Ska Fest! Starting TODAY at Ship Point in downtown’s inner harbor, Ska Fest
With summer right around the corner, it’s about time to finalize those festival plans, if you haven’t done so already. But with some of our favorites like Bass Coast and Shambhala long being sold out, and the recent cancellation of Pemberton leaving many frustrated and
Attention all Pacific Northwest DJs, producers, performers, artists, and anyone else who wants to bring something special to the stage: Atmosphere Gathering is currently accepting applications for their 4th trip around the moon! What can best be described as the quintessential island festival, Atmosphere takes
Hola, buenos dias! With Bamboo Bass right around the corner, it’s time to do some research and start planning out your trip, if you haven’t already. Personally, our attending staffer has never been south of Mexico and doesn’t want to get lost, so we figured
Thinking about buying some new music? TODAY IS THE DAY. Because Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their sales today to ACLU! Yup, you read that correctly. In response to last weekend’s White House immigration order, Bandcamp has taken on the role of philanthropist, and plans to
Just in case 2017 hasn’t already been off to a good enough start, things just got that much better. It was recently announced that “that guy from Shades” Alix Perez is teaming up with London-based Ivy Lab for a highly anticipated North American tour! Two
All you provide is airfare, we got the rest.
With 2016 now firmly in the rear view mirror, it’s time to focus on what 2017 has to offer. From space toast at Bass Coast to Shambhala20 and everything else that’s on the books, this year is already shaping up to be one of the
If you could take a global tour based on your musical tastes, where would you go? Most of you reading this will likely have a hot spot where your favorite genre reigns supreme, but what about the rest of the world? Trance in France? Grime
The Pacific Northwest is one of the greatest places in the world. We’ve got it all here. Temperate weather, breathtaking scenery, and people that define what west coast living is all about…and then there’s the music. Some might call us spoiled, and…well, we probably are.
Thought your summer was going to be perfectly laid out months in advance for 2017? You should know better than to plan that far ahead and not expect something to happen. Without further ado, Motion Notion brings us a major change to the layout of
In case it wasn’t blatantly obvious, DMNW has a bit of a crush on Shambhala. With everything the award winning playground has to offer, is it really that hard to see why? With state of the art pK sound pounding across 7 world class stages,
BC’s freshest exports are back with a brand new album and DMNW is stoked to have it here for you first!! Illennials is the latest work by Doc Zoo, Danimal House, Phil Lyons, and Mt. Doyle, collectively known as Illvis Freshly. If you’re not familiar
We all knew this was going to happen. When tickets for Shambhala 2017 sold out in less than 24 hours, the PNW dance community was left with a sense of uncertainty hanging over their heads. You know the kind. We’ve all felt it. That anxious
What are your plans for Halloween, Victoria? The official holiday of all things strange, All Hallows’ Eve, is the perfect opportunity to let your freak flag fly high, which anyone reading this article probably has tucked away at the bottom of their tickle trunk somewhere.
With summer now behind us, the dance music community faces the annual transition from festival life back to the reality of wherever we call home. For most of us in the PNW, that revolves around trying to find a balance between long work weeks and
Certain people are synonymous with certain things. In fact, that’s pretty much the definition of synonymous. But some people have achieved such notoriety due to what they’re known for, it almost overshadows them as an individual. Take Michael Jordan with basketball, Neil Armstrong with the
With Rifflandia taking place this weekend, it’s that time of the year to figure out when and where you’re going to be during the 9th edition of Victoria’s premier music festival! Showcasing the talents of over 120 artists, Rifflandia presents attendees with plenty of options to
DMNW has been all over the map this summer. From Sasquatch to Shambhala and everywhere in between, this season has been one for the books. But summer doesn’t end at the beginning of August, far from it; and after the summer we’ve had there was
Everything you need and more before you head out to the Comox Valley
The bulk of the festival season may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away the camping supplies just yet. Atmosphere Gathering is just around the corner and DMNW couldn’t be more excited to wind down post – Shambhala among friends in
Well, we made it back in one piece! It’s officially official. DMNW can cross Bass Coast off the bucket list, and while there’s so, so, SO much to talk about, we can start it off with four simple words: The hype is real. What else can
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Shamb fam! The 19th edition of Shambhala is quickly approaching, and we’re thiiiiis much closer to throwing down at our favorite place in the world. The lights, the sounds, the people; it’s all right around the corner! But while everybody attends Shambhala for their own reasons,
Shambhala Music Festival is getting closer and closer, and DMNW couldn’t be any more excited to be returning to the farm for another year of summertime shenanigans! But, that only brings us to the home stretch of the waiting game; the point in the Shambhala
Over 100 artists. 14 venues. 1 wristband.
It’s here! We finally made it. The festival season is under way and 2016 is shaping up to be the busiest one yet for the staff at DMNW. South of the border, we recently invaded EDC & Paradiso and there’s still plenty more to come
The life of a student can be a tricky one; long days, sleepless nights, and a constant negative balance on your bank statement can definitely take its toll on the psyche. Being broke sucks, and when you’re faced with mac & cheese and tuna casserole for
BC's freshest exports
Victoria, BC is known for many things: year round warm weather (by Canadian standards), endless beaches and parks lush with life unique to the Island, and an abundance of good vibes among others. But in recent years, the Garden City has been setting up shop
You know what they say… another day, another festival lineup! Today, DMNW is heading back to Vancouver Island, just off mainland BC, where we’ve previously featured two other options for your summertime shenanigans; Tall Tree Music Festival outside of Port Renfrew, and Atmosphere Gathering in
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… LWSD is good at what he does. This last Friday in Victoria started off like any other. A nice sunny day surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and countless seagulls attempting to use you as target practice.
Just in case April didn’t give you enough of a reason to cash out your savings and buy all of the festival tickets you possibly can – it’s time for one more! Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountain Trench, just outside of Golden, British Columbia
What do you get when you combine video games, dance music, and the microprocessor that was implanted into the head of model No. D4V3-K1N6? You get Longwalkshortdock. After rocking NYE in Vancouver, the wizard of the West Coast is making his annual trip to Victoria this
‘Tis the season for dropping lineups, and with Shambhala and Pemberton having given us a taste of what’s to come this summer, now is the time to focus on the more intimate festivals throughout the PNW. With announcements of both Motion Notion and Rifflandia set
Keys N Krates can now add the title of “Award Winning” to their resume! Fresh off their Midnite Mass Tour, the Toronto based trap trio took home an award this past weekend at the Juno’s – better known as the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy’s.
Life is precious. This is something most of us in the scene have come to realize. Whether we come to that realization through love, laughter, freedom, music, or dance we know all too well how quickly life can change. We in the dance community are
JUNGLIST MASSIVE! DRUM & BASS HEADS UNITE! Because Shambhala Music Festival is killing the game. The adult playground well known for its impressive productions and blockbuster lineups has outdone themselves once again! This time with one of the biggest bookings the festival has ever seen,
Earlier this week DMNW shared our favorite anthems from the realm of jungle, which we all know helped pave the way for what became drum & bass. So while the sounds of the rudest riddims are still fresh in your head, we want to discuss
Big news out of Europe the other day, as the future of the vinyl industry may soon have a major upgrade on its way thanks to an Austrian company and their concept of High Definition Vinyl. While a pressed record has come in various forms
It’s time for a celebration! At least…for the junglists of the PNW that is. One of the baddest of badman riddims turned 24 years old earlier this week, and for those of us who like our BPM’s on the faster side of the spectrum, it
It may still be cold up north, but as old man winter holds on with one final grasp of his icy fingers, funk fans above the 49th parallel can take a chilly breath and relax. Why? Because dance floors all around BC & Alberta are
Skratch Bastid, world renowned turntablist, record producer, motivational speaker, and all around nice guy is at it again. You may recognize the name from catching one or more of his live shows throughout the year, of which he plays over 150 annually, with stops along
Has the bubble finally burst? That’s the question on everyone’s mind this week as the dance community was dealt another massive low-blow as the organizers behind Squamish Valley Music Festival announced the cancellation of their 2016 event. For those who are counting, that makes three