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Red Bull Canada

July 27, 2014 11:00 ET

Calgary's C-SIK Crowned Red Bull Thre3Style National Champion in Vancouver

Top DJs From Across Canada Competed for One Spot to Represent Canada at World Finals in Azerbaijan

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - July 27, 2014) - The largest DJ competition on earth has just crowned its 2014 Canadian World Finals contender. From inside Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night, Calgary native C-SIK took home his first Red Bull Thre3Style National Championship win, beating out competitors from across the country including defending champion Adam Doubleyou. C-SIK, also known as Rick Cruz, will go on to represent Canada in Baku, Azerbajian this September. He'll compete against up to 20 countries of DJs from around the world, each fighting for the coveted World Champion title.

"Winning tonight means so much, I worked hard for this," recounts C-SIK, who participated in 2013's National Finals but fell short in his set, "coming back this year, I knew I would be battling against such a talented group, it forced me to make sure every mix I put together was really worth something. Red Bull Thre3Style pushes you as a DJ, it forced me to step my game up and I appreciate that it's done that for me."

Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom was filled with a contagious energy this weekend, as over 1000 fans came out to witness the competition's homecoming in British Columbia, where the concept was born almost a decade ago. Seven of Canada's top DJs each performed a 15-minute original mix live for an enormous crowd and star-studded panel of judges, including local and international DJ heavyweights Skratch Bastid, Hedspin and Four Color Zack and the 'Magnificent' DJ Jazzy Jeff. With live performances by Smalltown DJs and judges Hedspin, Four Color Zack and DJ Jazzy Jeff, Vancouver was treated to both a nation-wide competition and full musical showcase of DJing.


This year's battle for sonic supremacy was more challenging than ever, with over one hundred DJ applicants and only two Regional Qualifiers to compete in earlier this July (compared to eight last season). 2014's National Finals hosted seven DJs from five different provinces, with Halifax's Plaeboi placing second overall and Montreal's Adam Doubleyou placing third.


What started as an underground experiment in 2007 has forever changed the face of modern DJ battles. Red Bull Thre3Style first pit ten countries' top DJs against each other in 2010 and since then, in four short years, it has grown to what is now the world's largest DJ competition. Toronto's 2013 World Finals Week hosted 17 countries of DJs, and Baku will host up to 20 countries of the top DJs from around the world this September.


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