Vampire Beat: Saskatoon’s sophisticated sexy Halloween party
Call it scary, sexy or sophisticated, but Saskatoon’s PAVED Arts throws one hell of a dance party.
Vampire Beat, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary, once again returns on October 26 at 9PM at PAVED Arts 424 20th Street West.
It’s a Halloween party but it’s completely atypical of your traditional garbed get-together. Vampire Beat caters to people who use the event to activate their artistic outlets to create elaborate costumes than you would see anywhere else in the city.
And for those who are already planning on bringing it this year will see more of a leaning towards the visual side, says Reilly Forbes of PAVED.
“It’s grown so fast in the past five years – we are now really hitting our stride,” he says. “It’s not going to get any bigger but we’ve really refined a lot of elements to push the spectacle side of it.
“We are really lucky that we have such strong support amongst our local artistic community. So we don’t look too far when we need to book a video DJ. And for the décor we are tapping on the shoulders of the Visual Arts Student Society.”
This year’s performers includes Helium3 and a VJ performance from Carrie Gates, both of whom are associated with Pop Quiz Records, while Hairdu Records’ Ravewind and DJ Market Mall will also be joining the party.
Forbes also adds that Vampire Beat is a fundraiser for both PAVED and BlackFlash Magazine, two non-profit organizations that he cites as being a huge part of the arts community in Saskatoon.
“A lot of what PAVED does is geared towards underserved youth and empowering them with media literacy and production skills,” says Forbes. “Money from Vampire Beat goes towards these programs.”
Expect awesome prizes, a cool spectacle, a wild party and the craziest of costumes.
– Photos courtesy of PAVED Arts