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Red Bull Thre3Style World Finals hit Toronto

Submitted by on November 9, 2013 – 1:22 amNo Comment

A-Trak The long awaited journey to get to the top has finally reached its climax.

The largest competitive DJ qualifiers have taken place all summer long, for those to reach for the stars and hit the decks to win a chance at the Red Bull Thre3Style Championships, held here in Toronto this week between November 4-9.

The freestyle implication in the name is just that. There is no specific style required to enter the competition, and producers old and new are competing with their brand of turntable styling to find the one that rules them all.

Now, they’ve headed to Toronto to see how they stack up against the world in Red Bull Thre3Style.

With so many countries qualifying, the World Finals competition will wind down over the week with winners from each night securing their position in the Saturday, Nov. 9 finals.Crowd and FlagsThe competition also brought forward a great list of headliners including A-Trak of Montreal, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kid Koala of Vancouver, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Maseo.

The week opened up with a welcoming showcase at the Drake Hotel, featuring performances by many unnamed DJs, all the details were on the hush hush.

The Tuesday, Nov. 5, events started to rev things up on the decks, with Canadian turntable legend Kid Koala, Invisibl Skratch Pikl Shortkut and Toronto’s legendary turntable crew the Turnstylez to headline the first night of competition at the Adelaide Hall. The Hall was lit up from front to back and the crowd was live with this loaded set.atmosphere4Wednesday night, Nov. 6, at the Virgin Mod Club was perhaps one of the most climactic night of the week, with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Skratch Bastid and Eskei83 from Germany’s big win. One of the best stand out acts was Japan’s DJ Shintaro, who played an 8-bit set of Nintendo themed tunes before he transitioned into some traditional Japanese instrumental breakdowns. He finished the night off big by letting everyone know he came from Mushroom Kingdom with a full rendition of the Super Mario Bros. theme. Respect.

People were chocked to hear Beanie Man’s voice shouting out Eskei83 in an exclusive Thre3Style drop, showing the amount of preparation and original thought Eskei put into this competition, and another reason why he completely blew the crowd’s mind, solidifying his victory and position in the finals.

This night really brought the Thre3Style championships to people’s attention in Toronto (if they hadn’t already been paying attention to the copious amounts of TTC and bus shelter advertisements) so with the word out, Thursday, Nov. 7, promised to be a bang on spectacle. Headliner A-Trak hosted at the Hoxton, to a packed room and a line up out the door of screaming fans ready to let the bass drop.Crowd and FlagsThe night opened up with performances from Calgary’s Smalltown Djs warming up the crowd with their modern blend of club and house music. Next on the bill was Torro Torro, another of Toronto’s hometown heroes on the turntables, who kept the crowd going in a frenzy with his brand of trap and rap.Torro TorroTorro TorroThen, when it was time for the first contender of the night to step up, the crowd was really wild. Having a strong Jamaican and Caribbean community in Toronto, it was no wonder DJ Inferno torched the stage after a hotter than hell type of welcome. He was then followed by Adam Doubleyou from Quebec City, and South Korean sensation DJ Acorn.DJ InfernoDJ InfernoDJ AcornDJ AcornAdam DoublyouAdam DoubleyouAt the end of the competition, it was America’s own  Trentino’s attention to detail and meticulous finesse that won him his right place on the final stage Saturday night. There’s a big difference between someone just out there doing his thing, and someone out there to mark their territory. This guy threw down everything thing he had. Every style, every beat, every mix, every genre, and all sorts of variations to impress and leave the crowd and judges in awe. He managed to get A-Trak’s attention and got him into it. Enough said.DJ Trentino DJ Trentino Trentino is the winnerA-Trak gave the judges a nice grace period to collect their votes and decide the winner while he closed out the night doing what he does best. Even after a display of relentless talent that had the judges reeling between a rock and a hard place to decide a victor, A-Trak showed why he’s at the top of the ranks in the DJ realm and why he best not be in the competition, that way other people have a chance.A-Trak A-Trak OpenerThe last qualifying round happening this Friday, Nov. 8, will determine the last competitor for the final spot in the championship Saturday. Nov. 10. The list of opponents is DJ Vicky, DJ Laese, Madfingaz, Marquinhos Espinosa and Bazooka. Should be an intense spin off.adam inferno trentino acorn3Story by Devin Size, Photos by ftfphotography

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