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Porqueria Party takes on Montreal

Ready to party? Planet Porq is invading this week.

Samia Liamani is a multifaceted creative (DJ, casting agent, art director, photographer, and more) based in Mexico who was raised in Montreal. She throws events under the banner “Porqueria Party,” hosting parties all over the world with curated DJ lineups. These events are all united by the overarching theme of “global sounds.” “From South African Amapiano to Brazilian funk to Reggaeton to Angolan Kuduro, French Caribbean Shatta, the common thread is the undeniably infectious way you will want to move your body to the beat,” Liamani explained in a press release.

Following Korea and Mexico, Canada is the latest country to be treated to its own Porqueria Party, with a curated calendar in February titled “Planet Porq.” Across seven days of events, Montreal’s local talent, cultural abundance, and variety of musical styles will be showcased in different venues through different DJs.

Kicking things off is French DJ-producer Lazy Flow, who is set to make his first Canadian appearance at Théâtre Fairmount on Feb. 2. His eclectic style is described in Porqueria’s press release as “celebrations and a mastery of rhythms inherited from the pioneers of House, the icons of Ballroom, the jerking of Baile Funk, UK Bass, Bouyon, Shatta and beyond.” Flow is headlining for DISCOÑO, a local queer Latinx dance party collective. Joining him on the lineup are local DJs mCherry, Jerico, and La Niña Kiwi.

Porqueria is set to take over Nouvel Établissement on Feb. 3, with a star-studded lineup of DJs who have played across Montreal’s most popular clubs (Apartment 200, Soubois, Francesco’s, etc.). The lineup consists of Samia, Chloe Lallouz, A$h Banks, Teo2k, Jashim, Gurafiku, and Manalou. A blend of Afrobeats, house music, Amapiano, hip-hop, Brazilian baile funk, Arabic music, and queer club music is to be expected, along with other genres. The night is also a dress-up party with a “future rodeo” theme—everyone is encouraged to revive their silver-studded outfits from Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour.

Gurafiku expressed gratitude for being invited back after playing for Porqueria in Korea. The “global sounds” theme allows her to diversify her sound in a personal way: “I can play things from my Caribbean background, so I’m happy and honoured.”

On Feb. 7, Samia will team up with Vancouver DJ-producer RICHTANNER® and fellow Mexican producer Bastian Bell to put an international spin on R&B200, the increasingly popular R&B-focused nights at Apartment 200. The trio will also be gathering the following night at Vino Disco for a showcase of Up Records (the collective to which RICHTANNER® and Bell belong) and their latest edit pack (remixes of existing songs).

Finally, Porqueria is teaming up with local Latin music collective Frikiton on Feb. 9. The collective is already set to play at IglooFest, with Samia and mCherry subsequently playing the official “après-ski” after party at Velvet, a speak-easy. Liamani teases “reggaeton, guaracha, cumbia, moombahton and more.” 

If you’re looking to party, Porqueria has you absolutely covered with its DJ calendar packed from end-to-end with talent and culture. Regardless of which DJ or music style you land on, you are guaranteed to end up dancing.

“Rather than highlight one specific kind of music, we are more focused on promoting a sense of community. Coming together can be a nice example that more can be achieved through collaboration in creative spaces,” said Liamani.

See the full calendar of Planet Porq in Montreal below.

Feb. 2 – Discoño at Fairmount Theatre – Tickets

Feb. 3 – Porqueria at Nouvel Établissment – Tickets

Feb. 7 – R&B200 at Apt 200 (Guestlist)

Feb. 8 – Futureporq at Vino Disco – Free

Feb. 9 – Frikiton at Igloofest + Après-Ski at Velvet – Tickets

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Montreal rappers bring on the “Beats & Bars”

Mike Shabb, Jo Dolo, CHUNG, Jo Compadre and Mr. Severe showcased the city’s broad range of hip-hop sounds, styles, and talent at Ausgang Plaza.

The Astred collective is home to some of Montreal’s best up-and-coming artists. It notably includes Jo Dolo and Mr. Severe who both performed at the city’s Metro Metro Festival earlier this year. On Oct. 7, they hosted a live show at Ausgang Plaza in Montreal’s Rosemont neighbourhood for a crowd of around 150 people. They were joined by Jo Compadre, CHUNG and Mike Shabb.

Mr. Severe kicked off the show, proving his talent as an MC. His backing track proved unnecessary as he ripped through all his verses with a bold, captivating delivery. He did not miss a single beat and his fierce vocal presence persisted through all sorts of production, from vintage 50 Cent-style cuts to trap beats.

Jo Compadre joined Mr. Severe for their collaboration “Nothing Lasts Forever” before taking the stage on his own. He performed songs like “For The Cause” and “Palo Santo” with a strong and well-articulated voice, despite sometimes ad-libbing along to parts of verses rather than rapping them. His performance showcased an impressive, rapid and focused flow that he tackled with a brazen demeanour.

CHUNG’s stage presence was stellar. Her delivery was simultaneously slick and sexy, yet cutthroat and poignant. It is perfectly complemented by her beat selection, composed of smooth soul samples. Most of her setlist was taken from her recent mixtape Chung Shui II with Cotola. The grooves on “Everyone” and “You Know I Gotta” rung out irresistibly through the speakers. “The Drum Sound” paid homage to her Jamaican heritage with its reggae beat and her use of patois on the track. “Sweet Dreams” contrasted as an ominous, hard-hitting boom-bap cut. 

Jo Dolo brought a change of pace and a burst of energy by starting off with French-language drill music. His tone was remarkably cold, which allowed him to equally shine over slow-paced, gritty boom-bap production. Dolo successfully drew energy from the crowd, regardless of musical style. Fans in the crowd bounced their hands as he spits introspective rhymes and jumped around, energetically swinging his dreads.

Mike Shabb closed out the show with a showcase of his sonic versatility throughout the years. He performed his melodic rap hit “SPORTS!” (2019) before launching into material from his recent collaborative EP Shadow Moses with Montreal producer Nicholas Craven. Craven joined him onstage for a triumphant and proud display of the fruits of their creative alliance. He also premiered two new songs: the grim “Hurry Up,” produced by Belgian rapper JeanJass, and the lighthearted, jazzy “Hey Young World, Pt. 3.” He also paid tribute to fallen friend and frequent collaborator Jeune Loup, performing his viral tracks “Sensuelle” and “Back sur le BS”: two of the biggest rap tracks to ever come out of Quebec.

All in all, the event was a success, bringing together a handful of local MCs equipped with a variety of impressive flows, sounds, and styles.

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