This year, Motion Notion turns eighteen and plenty of folk will be piling into the Beaverfoot Lodge grounds in Golden, B.C. to celebrate. From a warehouse in Calgary to one of Canada’s longest running outdoor electronic music festivals, Motion Notion has certainly become an important marker within the Western Canadian festival circuit. Accompanying a substantial line-up filled with some of the biggest names in bass and psytrance today is an array of other sorts of talent including contortionists, magicians, hypnotists, fire dancers, aerialists, and comedians. If you’re wondering who to check-out this weekend while on the lodge, have a look at these six different artists to see what Motion Notion has in store.

Christian Martin

Member of acclaimed house music label, Dirtybird, Christian Martin’s set at Motion Notion this year will be one of your best house music sets, guaranteed. Getting his start in 2002 under the guidance of his brother, Justin Martin, Christian is now a staple of bass music in the western regions of the U.S. and a hard name to miss. Download his live mix from last year’s Dirtybird Campout below:


An artist with a real flavour of her own, France’s CloZee will be bringing her unique sound to Motion Notion this year. With a background in classical guitar, this french electronic musician has crafted her own blend of bass music, drawing influences from flamenco and glitch hop. Earlier this year, CloZee played Envision 2017. Check out her live set here:


From Edmonton, turntablist and future funk champion, Flavours, will be one of the funkier sets at Motion Notion 2017. Coming from a line of jazz musicians within the family, he certainly understands jazz, funk, and R’n’B well and it shows. Fusing his own style with breaks and house, Flavours is an act worth circling on your festival itinerary. Here’s his re-visited version of ‘90s R’n’B classic singer, Mary J. Blige.


If you are into drum and bass, you will definitely want to make sure you catch S.P.Y. while at the fest for the weekend. Now based in the U.K. for over a decade, he has cultivated his own sound right in one of the drum and bass centres of the world. Have a listen to one of his own beautiful, melodic d’n’b tracks below to get a taste of what to expect.


Vancouverite, Neighbour, will also be adding his own touch to the housier, funkier side of things at Motion Notion. Co-owner of Canadian electronic music label, Homebreakin’ Records, he knows funk, deep house, and breaks like the back of his hand. Check out one of his own funky house tracks from Westwood Recordings’ Fractal Forest Compilation right here.

Smalltown DJs

From Calgary, Smalltown DJs are another one of Western Canada’s most celebrated duos. Operators of the Hifi Club in downtown Calgary, the Smalltown DJs have risen to a level of international recognition with their signature sound. Check out their best of 2016 mix they released for THUMP below.

Picks and words by Hollie McGowan

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