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We Welcome Jason Sulyma to BlueprintLIVE!

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Blueprint is pleased to announce an exciting addition to their team.Jason Sulyma, otherwise known as local and internationally celebrated DJ and promoter MY!GAY!HUSBAND! (MGH!), joins the company’s management team as Marketing & Promotions Manager at Gastown’s M.I.A. Nightclub and as Talent Buyer under Blueprint Live.

An established figure in the Vancouver nightlife, arts and music scenes, Sulyma’s thirteen years of experience was driven completely by his own innate passion for music and entertainment. Operating as a self-employed and funded entrepreneur, Sulyma’s fire to see his own concepts through to existence makes him a seamless and welcomed addition to the team. His energy and innovation in event production, promotion and finding the balance between commerce and culture in Vancouver’s growing art and music scene will be a natural extension of the company’s offerings.

Jason joins the company after long friendships with many of the key people on the team who have served as mentors to Sulyma along his dedicated path. Partnering on several various events and concepts over the years, Sulyma’s infectious energy and passion saw him carve close ties with much of the Blueprint team. Now, with Blueprint’s programming and talent booking offerings broadening daily, it was the perfect time to collaborate in a full-time and more integrated capacity.

Nate Sabine, Director of Marketing for Blueprint shares, “Jason’s creativity, singular approach, and drive are second to none in the city. He does things out of a sense of community first and foremost and I’ve long admired that about him. Everyone over here is stoked he’s with us. ”

Born and raised in East Vancouver, at the age of 21, Jason set out on his path as a House of Blues intern as they re-opened the legendary Commodore Ballroom after a 3-year closure. The experience later led him to work with Nordic Trax, one of Canada’s one of Canada’s premiere house music labels and event promoters to re-open Vancouver’s Picadilly Pub as a local event space. In 2003, Jason was recruited to produce events for Gastown’s iconic Shine Nightclub where he eventually progressed to book talent for the popular club each week.

In 2007, Jason’s inner drive hit full-tilt and he saw himself embark upon many self-curated and local team projects. This includes producing open format event brands such as 1/2ALIVE Fridays at Richards on Richards and GLORY DAYS Saturdays at The Biltmore Cabaret, which to-date remains North America’s longest running weekly open format dance party. Sulyma is also responsible for launching OLIO FESTIVAL, running from 2008-2012 and attracting up to 30,000+ culture fans over its time – a festival bringing together local and international acts in music, film, art, fashion, comedy and skateboarding to create a unique and diverse collection of artistic talent. Most recently, Jason opened Gastown’s 303 Columbia, a community event hub, where he operated as Entertainment Director and Talent Booker producing special events for talent like Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Teen Daze, Blue Hawaii, and dozens of Vancouver Visuals Artists, Comedians, Bands, Producers & Deejays.

Now at Blueprint, Jason brings his East Vancouver styled culture and concepts, friendly customer service, and desire to develop emerging local and out of town artists to Blueprint’s venues and productions. Jason envisions an entertainment scene where there is a continued boost in local artists performing alongside world class touring talent within all mediums of art and music in Blueprint’s many venues.

On joining the team, Jason shares his enthusiasm, “As someone who has worked on many solo DIY event productions over the years, I am very excited to now work alongside a team to develop some big, big ideas. The team at Blueprint is one that lives and breathes the music industry and is fountain of knowledge and assets. I’m especially looking forward to having the opportunity to work with Blueprint’s Funktion One sound systems as well as the team’s sound, lighting, visual and graphic teams to drive forward some really cool concepts.

Above all, Sulyma believes that remaining relevant in the ever-changing climate of Vancouver’s nightlife industry is about a focus on local customer service and being active in local communities, where he sees his role at Blueprint taking this into effect.

events calendar

 July
 
Jul 19   Great Grandpa & Dead Soft   Fortune
Jul 20   Opia   Fortune
Jul 21   Comethazine (All Ages)   Fortune
Jul 21   Melvins (Vancouver)   Venue
Jul 22   Creed Bratton (Live)   Fortune
Jul 24   Melvins (Edmonton)   Starlite
Jul 25   Melvins (Calgary)   Commonwealth
Jul 27   Melvins (Winnipeg)   Pyramid
Jul 28   The Grouch & Eligh   Fortune
 
 August
 
Aug 7   Rex Orange County (All Ages)   Vogue Theatre
Aug 7   Smokepurpp   Venue
Aug 16   Flynt Flossy & Turquoise Jeep   Fortune
Aug 16   Insane Clown Posse   Venue
Aug 18   Lucki (All Ages)   Fortune
Aug 18   Yelawolf   Commodore
Aug 19   Insane Clown Posse (Calgary)   Commonwealth
Aug 21   Powerglove   Rickshaw
Aug 21   The Cadillac Three   Venue
Aug 29   JPEGMAFIA   Fortune
Aug 30   Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers   Venue
Aug 30   Let's Eat Grandma   Fortune
Aug 30   Poolside   Biltmore
 
 September
 
Sep 2   Ripe   Venue
Sep 3   The Exploited   Fortune
Sep 6   grandson   Venue
Sep 11   Brent Faiyaz   Fox
Sep 13   Buddy   Fortune
Sep 13   Ella Mai   Venue
Sep 14   Pell   Fortune
Sep 14   Ravyn Lenae   Venue
Sep 15   Duckwrth   Fortune
Sep 15   Saba   Venue
Sep 16   Fatima Al Qadiri   Fortune
Sep 17   J Roddy Walston & The Business   Venue
Sep 21   Soulection   Commodore
Sep 23   The Presets   Venue
Sep 25   Bob Moses   Commodore
Sep 26   Denzel Curry (All Ages)   Fortune
Sep 27   The Midnight   Fortune
Sep 27   The Midnight   Fortune
Sep 29   Andy Mineo & Lecrae   Venue
 
 October
 
Oct 5   Max (All Ages)   Fortune
Oct 6   Cadence Weapon   Venue
Oct 6   Fat Nick (All Ages)   Venue
Oct 12   Rejjie Snow (All Ages)   Fortune
Oct 13   Alma   Celebrities
Oct 13   Whethan   Commodore
Oct 15   The Grapes Of Wrath   Venue
Oct 20   Windhand   Venue
Oct 26   SG Lewis   Fortune
 
 November
 
Nov 2   The Dirty Nil (Calgary)   Commonwealth
Nov 8   Gallant (All Ages)   Vogue Theatre
Nov 14   Petit Biscuit   Commodore
Nov 16   Masego   Fortune
Nov 17   Young Fathers   Venue
 
 December
 
Dec 1   Pale Waves   Venue