In an area that has previously been labeled for it’s lack of quality entertainment, Vancouver’s Nico St Tomas and Anton Lohvin – co-founders of Hyphy Events – have been building a movement over the last six years to put the fun back into “No Fun City.”
Hyphy Events was born from the frustration of two high-schoolers who desperately longed for a better alternative to the late-night rave scene for under age party-goers.
“We just wanted to have a good time, we were doing it for the fun but people wanted more. By the time we turned 19 we had two weekly events and a solid following. Our Hyphy Events grew into a Hyphy family and the same people have been coming to our events for years. It keeps friends connected; good music and good people” says Sto Tomas.
A staple group of young, fresh minds throwing some of the city’s most excited weekly club nights, Hyphy Events is quickly becoming one of Vancity’s more respected promoters and over the last six years, they have earned a spot with the top dogs of the Vancouver club scene.
Their mission is to bring more hip-hop culture into the Vancity night life while remaining innovative and hip to what’s current. With combined creative input from the whole Hyphy team they strive to bring an all-inclusive, house-party vibe while throwing quality events. Something that often lacks within a city overfilled with pretentious, high end night spots.
They’ve made their mark over the last three years with their weekly Su Fu? Saturdays at Fortune Sound Club. There they’ve hosted some of the city’s most epic events like the Wu-Tang after-party with RZA, Just Blaze & Keys N Krates and Sango and Waldo, but one of their most memorable moments had them hosting Drake’s after party at Barnone with the OVO team and Drizzy himself – “It was unreal” St Tomas says. “Any night though where the crowd is nice, the bar is full and everyone is just feeling it, that’s what we do this for. All the good times. We love being able to make somebody’s birthday or help them celebrate a graduation – we love being apart of these moments whether they remember or not!”
They may have come pretty close to conquering the nightlife scene but the Hyphy family shows no sign of slowing down. Their plan is to expand their reach in more creative ways than one with Hyphy TV; a video interview series in partnership with Vancity Buzz, where they highlight some of Vancouver’s more exceptional creatives, doing remarkable things within the community. They also plan to work on more concerts and even food related events like the upcoming launch of DIMSUM X Hip-Hop – where friends can gather over dim sum while enjoying mixes from seasoned DJs.
With plenty of inspired ideas and the ambition, manpower and resources to execute them Hyphy Events will be heading into their sixth year with a strong presence and and an already great reputation. Make sure to catch their anniversary party at Fortune Sound Club this weekend, at the one-and-only Sup Fu? Saturdays.
– Kassandra Guagliardi