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Canadian Electronic Music: Artists to Look Forward to in 2014

Electric Daisy Carnival in New York 2012. Image Credit: Insomniac Events

For the past decade, the popularity of electronic dance music has been on the rise in North America. The continual running of big electronic music festivals in dozens of locations across the US and Canada help attribute to this ever popular genre. Big festivals such as Ultra (Miami), Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, New York), and Digital Dreams (Toronto) all attest to the fact that fans are willing to purchase tickets and travel long distances to watch and listen to their favourite DJs and producers perform on stage amid thousands of other body-jackin’ attendees. Many DJs/producers who hail from Europe are considered household names in North America; Avicii (Sweden), Tiësto (Netherlands), David Guetta (France), and Disclosure (UK) come to mind.

The US has their lion’s share of famous musicians and producers as well. Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, and Diplo.

What about Canadian talent? For the uninitiated, I am proud to say that we do have our share of talent to contribute to the expansive pool of body shaking tracks, deep melodic tunes, and face melting bass beats.

The iconic image of a red giant mouse head comes to mind first. Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5 has wowed millions of his fans around the world with his take on trance and house music (Joel will play at the Future Music Festival in 2014).  Richie Hawtin, techno wizard and gear guru, has been on the forefront of electronic music since he began his career twenty years ago (he recently finished a residency at SPACE in Ibiza; the highlight was a five hour back-to-back set with Luciano). Tiga, head honcho of Turbo Records in Montreal, is well known for releasing bangers such as this one with US neighbour Matthew Dear. A-Trak, who is a true genius on the platters and label owner of Fool’s Gold, exploded from the Montreal scene into worldwide stardom after he teamed up with Armand Van Helden to form Ducksauce (anyone remember this epic track from 2009?). His new hit, “Zamboni”, has garnered a healthy 170,000 plays on SoundCloud as well.

Canadian music makers and pushers are currently crafting awesome tracks. Some are also spinning uncompromising future sounds; others are skillfully performing live on analog machines at small intimate venues. They have not seen the meteoric rise compared with their counterparts above, but I believe that the artists below in the playlist are all worth a listen (support Canadian artists!).

Enjoy the playlist I’ve created to celebrate the New Year! I will be showcasing new talent every other month (with a focus on a sub genre of electronic music).

Who are some of your favorite electronic musicians or DJs? Feel free to comment!

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