After 3 nights of parties and a huge winning set from Eskei83 the night before, word absolutely blew up about Red Bull Thre3Style in Toronto.
For Thursday’s qualifier at the Hoxton, it was sold out two days in advance, there was a lineup around the block before it was even dark out, and by the end of the night A Trak had played an encore and we had another competitor headed to Saturday’s final. Watch the video for highlights below and keep scrolling for photos from the night.
All photos by Dale Tidy/Red Bull Content Pool.
Smalltown DJs Start It Up
The boys from Calgary started the night, playing tunes from their own releases (and their friends), with fresh club music that sampled DJ classics.
Torro Torro Take It Up A Notch
By the time Torro Torro took the stage, the crowd was ready for their supersized trap, rap and house beats. Chances are the crowd knew them, because their biggest response was to their own remix of Neoteric and Wax Motif’s “Go Deep”.
Jamaica’s DJ Inferno Brings the Sound System
With high energy and stage presence, first competitor DJ Inferno levelled the crowd working from a base of dancehall and hip hop. Toronto ate it up, with its ties to Jamaica and the West Indies, and Inferno got the crowd into a frenzy.
Canada’s Own Adam Doubleyou
The home team brought a technical and fast-working set that asked “can Lil’ Jon and New Order mix perfectly?” Adam Doubleyou knows – the answer is yes. And if his epic beard wasn’t already impressive, he found time off in the middle of his set to give it a brush.
South Korea’s DJ Acorn Can’t Be Phased
Mixing huge EDM sounds with turntablism, Acorn went to work scratching, juggling, and veering off into directions that included The Beatles, “Doo Wah Ditty” and Carly Rae Jepsen. Acorn looked relaxed and in complete control of the club like it was nothing.
It’s All In The Details With USA’s Trentino
Trentino came prepared! Whether it was the way he perfectly mimed along to his skits, or the level of detail in his set, it was obvious that Trentino was here to make an impression. Repping the sounds that move people in his home country, he started with dubstep before moving into pop, house, hip hop, indie and 80s. The crowd really turned a corner for him when he went on a quick streak, perfectly mixing “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” into Nas' “I Can” into 2 Chainz “I’m Different” into “One Minute Man.” By the end he even had A-Trak singing along.
A-Trak Is A legend
While the judges deliberated the toughest heat of the week yet, A-Trak made his point: if he were competing he would have made his own mark and beyond. A-trak made it obvious that even though he may not have had as much pressure on him as the competitors, he still could easily take on a competition like this, dropping everything from hip hop to house to trap to beat juggling to scratching – you name it.