This past Sunday, October 6, the world’s largest DJ competition went down at Cowboys Nightclub. Eight of Canada’s top DJs dueled set-for-set in a countrywide competition for sonic supremacy. The club was packed and Montreal’s Adam Doubleyou emerged victorious, earning himself a ticket to represent Canada at the Red Bull Thre3Style World Finals in Toronto from November 4-9.
Each DJ was tasked to play at least three genres during their 15-minute performance. Beyond impressing the judges, the competitors were charged with exciting the crowd. Judges scored the competitors based on track selection originality (20%), creativity of mixing (30%), mixing technicality (30%), stage presence (10%) and crowd response (10%).
Beyond the specific judging criteria, Pete Emes of Smalltown DJs, one of the judges of the National Finals, said he thinks the most important thing was a general confidence that comes through when the competitors are on stage. “Because it’s a show, there has to be some showmanship and it can really win the crowd over and build up the energy in the room.”
Emes says Calgary has been integral in the growth of Thre3Style over the years. Red Bull recognizes that the people here will support an event like this and make it a success based on their enthusiasm and attendance. We are a party city. Canada’s DJ talent never ceases to amaze him; he recognized that each of the competitors represented their hometowns so well.
The eight regional finalists were selected at events throughout September and, in addition to the Adam Doubleyou, included:
– Nick Bike (Vancouver)
– C-Sik (Calgary)
– Wakcutt (Edmonton)
– Charly Hustle (Winnipeg)
– Kid SL (Ottawa)
– M-Rock (Toronto)
– Tom Fleming (Halifax)
After the competitors gave it their all, the crowd got one more performance, this time from headliner A-TRAK (NYC, pictured at top).
Red Bull Thre3Style’s roots stem from an experiment six years ago right here in Western Canada. The event went global in 2010, pitting 10 countries’ top DJs against each other. This year’s competition features the top local DJs from 23 countries around the world, including New Zealand, Croatia and Albania, up against Canada’s best.
We’ve got you covered with the official event pages for each night of World Finals week in Toronto November 4-9: