As Canvas, on Poole Hill, approaches its second birthday, they have announced an electic mix of live music to warm you in the winter months.
Last Friday, they welcomed back world-class dance and hip hop producer Krafty Kuts, performed with fellow electronic expert A.Skillz. Fresh from a summer of global gigs, promoting many new tracks and his ‘Golden Age of Hip Hop’ mixtape, Krafty (aka Martin) showed off a variety of genres throughout his set, from funk through hip hop to electro dance, working with the Canvas crowd to ensure the dancefloor wass full from start to finish.
“I’d call myself a ‘funky technician’,” he told us. “Sometimes I’ll play a four to five hour set that covers all those styles.
“I judge the crowd and go with the flow. You want to build the anticipation, keep surprising and impressing people.”
We loved tracks by artists such as Dr Dre, Cyprus Hill and Jay-Z before Krafty mixed it up with some house/electronic floorfillers.
Adam Mills, aka A Skillz, is a breaks DJ and producer who is also in demand worldwide. He also cites old-school rap as an inspiration, flirting with drum n bass and dubstep to bring his sets back up to date. His first ever release to get attention was with Krafty Kuts back in 2002 so it was the perfect pairing for another sell-out set at Bournemouth’s only loft bar.
For Halloween, Canvas is teaming up with Steamhouse for a rock classics night.
After a successful night earlier this year, Steamhouse supremo Jeff Keenan feels he has found the perfect venue for Bournemouth’s biggest rock night, which has been selling out venues since the 1980s.
“After meeting and chatting with the owner, James Maidment, I was made to feel extremely welcome and he showed me that he wanted to back my night in every which way he could,” Jeff said.
“Then when I saw the inside of the venue and saw the layout of the stage and the dancefloor I saw the potential of being able to put on live bands as well as my own night.”
On November 1, the Big Reunion sees five of the biggest local DJs take turns on the decks – who will be the crowd favourite? Canvas regular Martyn T Hat, Jay Rachet, Michael Artwell, Gary Allen, Kevin Scott and Paul Brady are all good friends and well known on the Bournemouth circuit but surely this will get a little competitive? See www.1big-reunion.co.uk for tickets.
And just before Christmas, at the end of November, Craig Charles returns for another night of funk and soul. Unfortunately this gig has already sold out but keep your eye on social media for returns.
As always, buy tickets online at canvasbournemouth.com. A handful are always on the door but arrive early to avoid disappointment.