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A night of House and Techno featuring Canadian pioneer Rennie Foster, with support from DJs C-star, Michael Beggs and Rousz. 4 awesome DJs, 5 Hours of Music, cover $12.
Rennie Foster has been a well respected figure in the Canadian music and art community since he was just a teenager. He influenced many as an early pioneer of the Hip-Hop / B-Boy movement and later the House Music and Techno / Rave scene. His musical career began as a member of “Sound Advice”, one of the first Hip Hop groups to emerge in the late 80’s from Western Canada. Members of this group went on to form the Juno Award winning act “Swollen Members”, and Rennie went on to create a prolific solo career focused on underground dance music. Rennie relocated to Tokyo Japan in 2004 and became an important part of the Japanese club scene, playing all over Japan in venues like Womb, ageHa, Yellow, Unit, Metro (Kyoto), Triangle (Osaka), Be Green (Okinawa), Nagisa Festival etc., until re-locating back to Canada in 2011.
Rennie was consistently ranked in the top 50 DJs in Japan by LOUD Magazine, alongside artists like Towa Tei, Ken Ishi and Kentaro, a very rare honour for a foreigner in Japan. He has played venues all over Japan, Europe and N.America in cities such as New York, Paris etc. and continues to tour his unique style of hi-tech soul, fusing many aspects and eras of techno and house music culture with powerful, technical mixing skills. A true “DJ’s DJ” who doesn’t follow the usual rulebook. Rennie Foster has released with Detroit labels such as Transmat, Motech, Soiree, Subject Detroit, Wallshaker, Night Vision, Teknotika and other classic techno labels like Laurent Garnier’s seminal F- Communications, Monoid, and Synewave NYC. Rennie’s first full length album “The War of Art” (2007) made waves for the cover design by GLMN (Alexander Gelman) of MoMA/The Smithsonian etc., known for his cutting edge album designs for artists like Blonde Redhead. The album also featured the underground hit, “Falling Skyward”, notably remixed by Kompakt artist, Kaito (Hiroshi Watanabe). Rennie’s second LP “Blood Sugar” (2010) was released on Italy’s Rebirth label and featured several singles with photography and cover design by Kaito, by then a regular collaborator. Rennie is most recognized for his underground anthem “Devil’s Water” released from Rebirth Records and has been featured several times in publications like DJ Magazine UK, Mixer, Mixmag, XLR8R, Trax (France), Remix, Loud, Juice (Japan), Freeze (Greece) and championed heavily by tastemakers such as Pete Tong, Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo and James Holden. Devil’s Water was also licensed by Trentmoller for his “Harbour Sounds” CD and MTV for the “MTV Ibiza” compilation. His hit collaboration with MC Moka Only (ex. Swollen Members) “Connect Like Four” was remixed by Samuel L. Session, Uner and members of Cobblestone Jazz and was the most charted track on Resident Advisor for April, 2011. He also had a hit in 2011 with “Savior” featuring the late Detroit legend, Aaron Carl on vocals and massive remix by Coyu and Edu Imbernon. Rennie has remixed artists such as Swayzak, Altern 8, DJ Bone, Alain Ho, Deepchild, John Beltran, Jaun Atkins, Orlando Voorn, DJ 3000/UR and has been remixed by a who’s who of house and techno music such as James Zabiela, Kiki, Uner, Mark Broom, Claude Young, Rodriguez Jr./Youngsters, G-Pal, Gabriel and Dresden etc. His tracks appear on mix CDs by the likes of Kevin Saunderson, Trentmoller and Derrick May. Rennie Foster currently runs the signature ”RF” with focus on digitally re-releasing past “vinyl only” material alongside brand new works. As well as “RF Trax” a vinyl and digital label. Rennie is currently in the studio working on projects for Santonio Echols’ “D” label, legendary Detroit house label Soiree, aDepth audio, Ornaments as well as maintaining a busy remixing schedule.
C-STAR is an up-and-coming Victoria based Techno DJ that has burst onto the Vancouver music scene. She has a love for dark and acid techno with pounding rhythms, bringing a lively texture to her sets. C-STAR is known for her high-energy performances that absorb listeners with an unmatched emotional intensity. She has recently started her journey with music production and has several tracks on their way to being released. She also currently holds a DJ residency with @VANTEKGROUP, which is a techno collective based in Vancouver. C-STAR has played at numerous gigs and festivals hosted by Vancouver’s underground music scene and has also graced the decks at Vancouver’s most well-known after hours club, Gorgomish. Although C-STAR is known for DJing in Vancouver, she resides in Victoria. She is excited to bring her sound to the Island through upcoming opportunities and connect with the local community.
When C-STAR is not behind the decks or on the dance floor, she is in a lab coat studying the impacts of climate change on fish physiology. She has just begun her journey as a PhD student at UVic.
Michael Beggs has had an extensive DJ career that has spanned 14 years playing rave’s and clubs in Vancouver. Now on the island Michael has been established as a local curator in the Vancouver Island scene. Over the past few years Michael steps into the global spotlight landing releases on labels such as Rock Bottom Records, Brash Beats, Red Paradise & Bomb Ass House. As an up and coming producer, established DJ and all round quirky guy, Michael brings an energetic and fun vibe to the dance floor.
ROUSZ has quickly ascended the Victoria DJ Scene playing shows at clubs and parties and is fresh off playing Summer Festivals including Burning Man and more. Island born and raised, DJ ROUSZ has been in Victoria the past 14 years on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen peoples. Her musical identity has been heavily influenced through German techno mixed with deep rolling tech house basslines. Time spent travelling through Berlin and exploring the underground music scene really opened up a whole other genre of deep dark repetitive tempos to add to her repertoire. Catch a glimpse of her moody hair-raising vibe, it never fails to command a crowd.

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