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BreakOut West Festival comes to Calgary from Oct. 3 – 6 [News]

Calgary, AB – From Oct. 3 – 6, the BreakOut West Festival takes over the city of Calgary to spotlight Western Canada’s music scene. Yes, that also includes our dope Western Canadian hip-hop scene. The festival includes a series of industry workshops and mix-and-mingle events, as well as the much-anticipated 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards Gala.

During the festival, more than 60 artists perform at 15 venues throughout the city. Catch performances by Transit, Moka Only, Dragon Fli Empire with Rebecca Dawn, and more. Peep the official flyer and check out more festival details after the jump.

BreakOut West Festival comes to Calgary [News] -HipHopCanada

BreakOut West Festival comes to Calgary [News] -HipHopCanada


Oct. 4: Friday

Friday is the first official day of the conference portion of the festival. There are events scheduled all throughout the day, including a coffee networking mingler at Hotel Arts (119 – 12 Ave SW) at 11 a.m. You’ll see representatives from SXSW, Warner Music Group, The Agency Group, and other major industry players at these sessions. Check out the full schedule of happenings here.

In the evening, Moka Only hits the stage at Dickens Pub (1000 – 9 Ave SW) at 1 a.m. Transit performs on the upper level of the Canadian Royal Legion #1 (116 – 7 Ave SE) at the same time. Head over here for a full listing of festival performances. And make sure you purchase a wristband via Ticketfly to gain access to all of the BreakOut West shows.


Oct. 5: Saturday

Saturday brings another full day of schmoozing and socializing with the industry folk. The 2013 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards go down at 10 a.m. over brunch at Hotel Arts (119 – 12 Ave SW). These are the awards that go to our favourite behind-the-scenes people: the promoters, the venues, the record labels, and more.

In the evening, Transit performs at The National Music Centre (134 – 11 Ave SE) at midnight. Moka Only hits the stage at The Republik (219 – 17 Ave SW) at the same time.


Oct. 6: Sunday

At 2 p.m., the Dragon Fli Empire duo teams up with Rebecca Dawn for a show at Mini BreakOut West at the National Music Centre (134 – 11 Ave SE). This is a free event. And it’s family-friendly, which means that there are going to be lots of kitschy things to do. But let’s not kid ourselves, even the hardest MCs in the game would jump at a chance to partake in an instrument petting zoo, and some good ol’ arts and crafts.

At 3 p.m., the SOCAN Songwriters Circle takes over Festival Hall (1215 – 10 Ave SE). Don’t expect any cyphers to go down here, as it’s geared towards the acoustic-folksy people. But it’s worth your while to show up and try to get someone to throw a freestyle into the mix.

At 8 p.m., Grant Lawrence hosts the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards Gala at Flames Central (219 – 8 Ave SW). This year’s nominees for Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year are Kyprios (The Lap Dog EP), Madchild (Dope Sick), Moka Only (Airport 6), Swollen Members (Beautiful Death Machine), and The Lytics (They Told Me). Make sure you cop a pair of tickets via Ticketfly, as festival wristbands do not include access to the gala.


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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is a born-and-raised Calgarian who works as a freelance writer, photographer, and A&R talent scout for Universal Music. During the day, she runs a vintage clothing boutique on 17th Avenue called Used House of Vintage. Sarah graduated from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism diploma program in 2013 and has been writing about Canadian hip-hop since 2012. Sarah has written for The Yellow Pages Group, The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in January 2013 as the Regional Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Rich Homie Quan, Action Bronson, Smoke DZA, Future, MGK, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @IHeartTART

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