Mo Moshiri

Mo Moshiri is an MC, songwriter, and producer. He is perhaps best known as one of the founders of the legendary west coast hip-hop group Sweatshop Union. Together they recorded several albums, performed hundreds of shows, earned Juno nods and WCMA wins, and helped pave the path for the new generation of artists making waves on the coast and beyond.

After a healthy hiatus, Mo is back from deep space and feeling rejuvenated. He wants to talk to YOU about everything! Or maybe just vibe. A deft lyricist whose flow and beats pay hommage to classic hip-hop sounds, as he explores the lyrical ether in a way few other MCs dare to tread. Full of big ideas and deep wells of thought and feeling, you know Mo Moshiri is going to take you on a journey when he's on the mic.

His latest full album Can I Tell You Something? is a potent blend of true-skool hip-hop and global bass music with intelligent and passionate rhymes, and melodies that stay with you. A majority of the production on the album is handled by long-time friends Mo and Rob the Viking, who have been working together since they were both in their teens. In fact, it was Rob who showed Mo how to make beats 20 years ago! Working together again was a very natural and powerful combination for the duo, resulting in Moshiri's most textured and layered offering to date.

Like any great adherent to the tenets of hip-hop, Moshiri can thrive on his own with a just a mic and a beat or in the midst of a group, trading energy with the other people in the room – always working to build musical community based in Love and Rap.

Shows

White Eagle Polish Hall
Sat. February 26th 19:30
$25 - 29.95 advance
While the roots of modern groove lay in funk and soul, much of modern groove is tended to by DJs and electronic producers, and no one is doing more work in tending the groove garden than the mighty FORT KNOX FIVE. Garden City Grooves is very excited to welcome Fort Knox Five back to Victoria for the first time in over three years. From Washington, DC and recently relocated to Canadian west coast in BC, Fort Knox Five has remained at the vanguard of rhythm and groove since their inception nearly 20 years ago (2003). Through their label Fort Knox Recordings, their massively popular Funk The World mix series and their legendary appearances at some of the most important festivals in the electronic world – like Bass Coast, Shambhala, Burning Man, for example – FKF has long been established as one of the premier places to get deep grooves that are guaranteed to make your mouth smile and your ass shake.

As mighty as Fort Knox Five is, they won’t be coming alone as they’ll be joining forces with Vancouver’s “Human Jukebox” MARK WOODYARD for a very special headline performance. Armed with his guitar, his voice and loop machines, Woodyard is a talent unlike any other in the area and we can’t wait to see what groovy delights he and Steve of Fort Knox Five are going to conjure up. Garden City Grooves is very stoked to welcome BLASÉ BLASÉ to our stage for the first time. Comprised of members of some of Victoria’s most iconic acts, Blasé Blasé is making some seriously smooth and warm chilled-out hip-hop. The band has been hard at work during the pandemic creating new music and honing their live show, and they’re sure to be coming back out of the gates HOT.

Also on the bill is our long time friend and west coast hip-hop veteran MO MOSHIRI, who will be flanked by another friend of ours, GROSSBUSTER. An alumnus of iconic group Sweatshop Union, Moshiri has established himself outside of the group as an MC who always brings his best on the mic. His rhymes are thoughtful, deep and full of capital-L Love and his beats straddle the line between old-school and nu-school. Last, but certainly not least Garden City Grooves is so proud to finally welcome powerful JENNAY BADGER between the 1s and 2s. A Vancouver transplant that cut her teeth and established herself here on Vancouver Island, Jennay Badger has proven herself to be one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking DJs in the west coast game right now.

We seriously cannot wait to get SWEATY on the dancefloor with all of our groove-seeking friends for a serious Saturday night throw-down.

Saturday, February 26 @ White Eagle Hall (James Bay)
Doors: 7:30pm
All ages, proof of full vaccination required for entry, Beverage Service for 19+ w/ ID
Tickets $25 - $29.95, available exclusively at ticketweb.ca