The Obvious Circus Events (Until 10/19)


It’s become a cliché that Christmas seems to start earlier every year, but I think it’s time we addressed the encroachment of another holiday. Like some slow, lumbering monster from a horror movie, it seems that Halloween is getting closer and closer every time we turn around. It’s gotten so out of control that the parties are starting a full two weeks before the 31st, and continuing until the beginning of November. Now, I love this holiday and I understand that celebrating it on a Thursday is unrealistic; but if we’re not careful, we’re going to have a full month of riotous parties, binge-drinking, crazy pranks, general merriment and people running around scantily-clad in Sexy costumes… what was I saying?

On To The Calendar

Friday 18

Vicente Amigo

Club Quattro in Sakae from 19:00

Flamenco music has a huge following in Japan, and not just with the elderly, which explains how this Spanish guitar virtuoso can pull in ¥10,000 a seat!


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

The Techno-philes are going to love DJ Sammy Dee from Germany. His sets are so minimal, it’s hard to tell when he starts or finishes. DOOR ¥3500

ROTO Sound Stream

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00

If the extent of your knowledge of 60s music begins with The Beatles and ends at Woodstock, then you will be in for a fine surprise on this night when you hear some Freakbeat, Northern Soul, Bossanova, Garage. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Black Box

Club About in Sakae from 22:00

Just down the road from the Red Rock, Club About is offering some minimal and techno dance for anyone interested. DOOR ¥1500

Canadian Thanksgiving

Shooters in Fushimi, all weekend long

The only thing that makes Canada better than America (besides their lower rate of gun crime and the mooses… meese?) is the fact that their Thanksgiving feast comes a full month earlier. You can strap on your holiday feed bag this weekend with all your holiday faves, including roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green bean casserole and much more. Sorry, Canucks, no poutine. You get all the fixin’s for ¥1,950, and can have pumpkin pie for only ¥300 more.

Saturday 19

The First Halloween Party of 2013

Coat of Arms in Fushimi from 21:00

First out of hell’s gate this year, Nagoya’s newest watering hole is starting the festivities a full week before everyone else. This free Halloween party has ¥500 drinks all night and some guy named DJ dij spinning party-favorites until 3 AM. And their costume contest is the perfect chance to test drive your getup, but good luck beating Coat of Arm’s manager Jim. No one looks better in a short skirt!

The Nagoya Autumn Jam

Flex Lounge in Sakae from 21:00

Local legend Vinny Vintage has completed Running Outta Air, his long-awaited debut album. You can obtain a free copy if you’re one of the first 150 people in the door at this season’s Jam party. Also on this night you’ll catch Chris Jay, Taro Alexander and the new super group W.A.T.P. The night is rounded out with DJs Andy S., Scrying, Ghost Willy, Super Mario and more; which makes this party one of the best things happening this month, besides Halloween, of course. DOOR ¥3500

Halloween Rock Night

Club R.A.D. in Sakae from 20:00

Ghost of Matsubara, easily the most well-known rock band out of Nagoya, is playing host to some of the most well-known rock from our sister cities, including The Mootekkis from Tokyo and Osaka’s Union Trouble. Email the guys of GoM to get the advance ticket price of only ¥1500, or it’ll cost you ¥2000 at the door.

9th Anniversary Party

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00

For 9 years, the Plastic Factory has provided an excellent and spacious atmosphere for some of the most progressive and underground of parties. From the popular Harmonium Parlour to the numerous art house events and fundraisers, The Factory has been there for the community on numerous occasions. So, come on out this Saturday and help Heinz and all celebrate this momentous occasion. With music provided by several Plastic Factory regulars including DJs Nick Shotter, Ten, Daniel Cheah and pole dancers Mia and Tida. DOOR 2000 (includes 2 free drinks)


DayTrip in Tsurumai from 18:00

We haven’t heard much from this local rock band lately, mostly because they’re pulling double duty as the pit band for the upcoming musical DreamCatcher. As thanks to all of their patient fans, they’ve got an open bar at this gig. Consider yourself forgiven, gentlemen. DOOR ¥2500

Wanna Be Child ANEX

Standbar Junction in Sakae from 19:00

DJ Take of Project Stroke has opened his own bar in the heart of Sakae’s nightlife, and to celebrate he’s presenting a special edition of his long-running love-letter to house music, Wanna Be Child. With all the amazing guest DJs he’s brought in, including Andy S., all for FREE, you can’t miss this one. Junction is set to become the place to begin and end all your wild nights in Sakae.

Kim Lightfoot Japan Tour 2013

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

Excellent NYC DJ Kim Lightfoot returns to Nagoya with a much-needed dose of funky house music. This guy makes fun music that makes people dance. DOOR ¥3000


Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

Tokyo DJ Velocity will be a welcome addition to the D’n’B scene of Nagoya. MC CARDZ will also be there, talking over Velocity’s mad mixes for some unknown reason. DOOR ¥2500

Sunday 20

Nagoya Pub Quiz

The Elephant’s Nest in Fushimi from 19:45

One of Nagoya’s oldest British style pubs, The Nest is host to this fairly regular pub quiz. You can put together a team of your brightest friends, and take on the challenge of 7 rounds of questions. This month the theme is movie trivia, so brush up on your Hollywood trivia. Entry is ¥1000 with the proceeds going to charity, and the prizes to be won include drink tickets and other stuff less important than free alcohol.


Café Domina in Sakae from 17:00

This eclectic gathering of techno, house, breakbeat and electro DJs is kicking off their Halloween party a week before everyone else on Sunday… at 17:00… I think I’ve found a flaw in their plan. DOOR ¥1500

Wednesday 23


Club Upset in Ikeshita from 18:30

Middle of the week rock with bands She Her Her Hers and the post-punk of Tokyo’s Lillies and Remains. DOOR ¥2500


October 26 The Sexy Halloween @ Club Mago
October 27 The Halloween Swing @ Shooters
November 6~11 Foreign Artist Exhibition 2013 @ The International Center

*submissions accepted until November 25*

November 23~24 Dreamcatcher @ Chikusa Playhouse
December 8 Nagoya Players Auditions @ Shooters

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