It’s tough being a Canadian sometimes. While bustling with fresh talent, our producers are frequently mistaken for our neighbours to the south. Of course, we are often too polite to cause a scene but it’s due time that we shine a light on our accomplished artists and let the world know we hamper more musical scope than just the Biebs. Canada has a vast EDM scene comparable, if not better, to metropolitans in the US, and we are mighty proud of it.
As opposed to beach or desert festivals, we have outdoor blizzard raves fit with ice sculptures and snow huts, like Igloofest in Montreal and Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival in Toronto. Frankly, if you’re not putting on neon snowpants and toques to go rave in the snow, you’re doing it wrong. We also enjoy getting lost in dense Canadian forests at Shambhala and celebrating our Nation’s birthday at Escapade. Our clubs like Flames Central in Calgary are named after hockey teams, and we are home to the one and only EDMonton. The Guvernment Toronto is constantly hailed by DJs for having the best crowds, while Celebrities Vancouver is in one of the best cities in the world. We grew up on MuchDance compilation albums and Rick Campanelli interviews. Last but not least, we have developed a fair amount of respected producers, the frontrunners listed below.
In keeping with the holiday spirit, Morgan Page gifts fans with a free download to a track called “Videon.” The bootleg is a mashup of his massive track “Video” and Dohr & Mangold’s “Avalon.” The mix hits a bit harder than both of the original outputs, forming an electro-driven house production paired with surging guitar riffs and bursting kick drums. The synthesized beat bubbles over with funk — making for a perfect present for the Christmas season.
Sultan and Ned Shepard have been consistently serving high quality progressive house edits, most recently with Vassy’s “We Are Young” and Paris and Simo’s “Time.” The Canadian duo is back with a remix of Tegan and Sara’s “Closer,” once again flirting with big room melodies and dynamic jabs. Their signature sound works wonders in tandem with the enchanting vocal, much like it did for the acclaimed “Walls,” which landed in the hands of Tiesto. Grab Sultan and Ned’s next party starter from Beatport and keep these guys on your radar.
Canada is in the house with this latest preview of Sultan and Ned Shepard‘s new remix of sisters Tegan & Sara‘s “Closer.” Prog house producers from Tiesto to Morgan Page have worked with these two, and it’s clear the addition of their vocals to a big room sound is a recipe for a club hit. We only have a short preview for you on this one today, but be sure to keep checking back for the full release soon.
We’re suckers for kick-ass vocals here at DA: the kind you feel like you’ve known forever the first time you hear them, the kind that get instantly stuck in your head. Though he’s a producer with myriad talents, Morgan Page‘s biggest strength may be his incredible sense for just this type of vocal. “Body Work,” his follow-up to the irrepressible single “In The Air,” boasts the kind of vocal we love and have come to expect from his productions. Canadian sisters Tegan & Sara put their rich voices and flawless harmonies to work, with a uniquely unudulant and funky chorus melody that has us hitting the “repeat” button. The beat here mainly serves as a stage for Tegan & Sara’s voices, boasting Page’s typical progressive synths and a sexy breakdown. If the “In The Air” remixes are any indication, we have a lot to look forward to when other DJs and artists get their hands on “Body Work.”