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Quality Time: An evening of eclectic sounds in downtown New West

Vinyl collectors to spin eclectic tunes at Quality Time on March 11
Devon Cody spins tunes at the Quality Time event in November 2022, before Old Crow Coffee made the permanent transition to Moodswing.

Inspired by listening bars, impromptu parties and one-off nights with an emphasis on interesting music in a warm and inviting atmosphere, Quality Time aims to fill a gap in the arts and culture scene in New West.

Hosted by local vinyl collectors Devon Cody and Neal Michael, the Quality Time event will feature the pair DJ’ing a strictly vinyl set from their collections, with special cocktails and small plate item being served up by the team at Moodswing Coffee + Bar.

“Both of us are avid collectors, and DJ casually at a few spots locally and in Vancouver, but there are parts of our collection that don’t make for easy listening at a brewery or wine bar,” Cody said in a news release.

Having DJ’ed together for more than two years, the pair approached Moodswing Coffee + Bar (formerly Old Crow Coffee Shop) with the idea of a night focused less on the perfect mix, but on presenting eclectic sounds pulled from left-field electronic, post-punk, dub and spiritual jazz.

“It’s too easy to be passive in discovering new music, stuck in our own algorithm,” Cody said. “Quality Time is meant to bring people together to actively engage with music beyond the boundaries of those algorithms.”

Quality Time is on Saturday, March 11 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Moodswing Coffee + Bar, 655 Front St. It’s free to attend.

“We both love what the folks at Moodswing are doing with their cocktails, natural wines and small plates food program, but that emphasis on creating an open and inviting atmosphere is what’s best,” Michael said. “With what they’ve created, we can take risks and present music we think there’s an appetite for, music we’re excited to turn people on to.”

Having started as an after-party concept for Steel & Oak’s Analog Vinyl Fair in the fall, Quality Time will take place quarterly. Future editions will feature guest selectors, synth musicians and live visuals.

Stay tuned for details about future events.