SHIFTER’s “Top 20 Canadian DJs you need to know” list is sponsored by You.i TV, the Ottawa-based company and platform that powers Twitch.
The COVID-19 pandemic has pretty much ground the live entertainment industry, including nightclubs, to a halt affecting not only club owners all over the world, but DJs. But many DJs have taking this time to flex their entrepreneurial muscles, exploring new opportunities, from music production to live streaming on Twitch and Instagram Live with DJs like D-Nice leading the charge.
Here in the north, our country has produced some of the best DJs in the world, from A-Trak and Kaytranada to Toronto Raptors DJ 4Korners. But for every celebrity DJ, there are thousands you don’t hear about. A few months ago, we asked our social media followers to let us know who were the top Canadian DJs that people needed to know about, from British Columbia to the Maritimes and they came through for us.
So here are the top 20 Canadian DJs you need to know about according to our Instagram and Facebook followers. Numbers one through five are in order of number of votes followed by the remaining DJs in no particular order.
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1. Floetic // Vancouver
Residency: Hello Goodbye, Kiss and Tell, Colony
How long have you been DJing: 11 years
Favourite DJs: Baby Blue Sound Crew, Baby Yu, Miles Medina
Floetic is a DJ and producer from Vancouver, Canada who racked up the most votes on our list. By a long shot. The 10-year music industry vet has played all over the world, including North America, Europe and Africa. His profile grew as a back to back finalist at the National Redbull Threestyle Finals, cementing his reputation as of the top DJs in the country.
Adding to the lore behind the Vancouver DJ were his features with DJcity, Serato, Complex, Nike RUN and Redbull, as well as his appearances major festivals like Safe and Sound fest, Break Out Festival, One Love Fest, Cariwest, Centre of Gravity.
Despite his success, Floetic stays hungry, working with a chip on his shoulder with the ultimate goal of climbing the Canadian and global DJ rankings.
2. Marquez The DJ // Ottawa
Residency: Molson Canadian Fan Deck (NHL Ottawa Senators), Joey Restaurants, The Standard Luxury Tavern and more…
How long have you been DJing: 8 years
Favourite DJs: ATRAK, Four Color Zack, DJ Jazzy Jeff
The DJ who got the next largest number of votes was long time resident DJ for the Molson Canadian Fan Deck (NHL Ottawa Senators), Marquez the DJ, who has gotten attention from his peers and fans alike through his unique open format style consisting of house/electro, Afro-Latin, funk, rock, and hip-hop. He bucks the stereotypical fist pumping celebrity DJ trend, developing his own signature approach, combining his music knowledge, cheeky word play, and energetic mixing techniques. A student of the game, he walks the fine line of staying true to the old-school roots of turntablism while incorporating modern elements of the artform, including live remixing, finger drumming, sampling tracks and technology.
Aside from being a resident DJ at the Canadian Tire Centre, he has also played at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, the capital’s biggest music festival, as well Casino Lac Leamy’s prestigious club ALEA, positioning him as one of Ottawa’s more sought after DJ’s. Of course, opening for artists like Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine and FKI 1st, and touring Europe and Canada with LGS Band doesn’t hurt.
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