2016 CDJ Show Guests

Our growing list of CDJ Show guests features some of the best and brightest that the industry has to offer. Stay tuned to this page, as we will be adding additional guests in the coming weeks as schedules are confirmed and travel arrangements are made.

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David Waxman

Waxman made his professional debut at the Roxy in 1992. He has been resident DJ at numerous world-renowned clubs such as Liquid, Miami (1996-1998), Twilo, NY (1998-2000), and Crobar Chicago, Miami, NY (2002-2005). He became widely known for bootleg remixes of hits such as Beck's "New Pollution," Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," Nine Inch Nails' "Closer to God", and AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds" among other worldwide smashes.... read more

Stuart Knight

Stuart Knight established Toolroom Records in 1993. Alongside his DJ/Producer brother Mark Knight, he has shaped Toolroom into one of the leading independent dance companies in the world - launching the careers of some of today's key electronic music artists in the process. More recently Stuart has steered Toolroom's expansion into multiple business areas, including an international live brand in Toolroom Knights, which regularly hosts festival stages and arenas; read more


From the early roots of his West Midland's studio, to pioneering releases through reputed major labels, Funkagenda's stamp on dance music can be felt across Europe, North, Central & South America, the Middle East, Australia, Russia and Japan. A devoted passion for music, alongside an embrace of technology, has fortified Funkagenda as a vanguard of the 'tough but melodic big room house sound' - (quote - DJ Magazine) read more

Lenny Fontana

Lenny Fontana has been on the house music scene for more than 20 years as a DJ Producer/Remixer and since 2013 Owner of Karmic Power Records. Born and raised in the "Melting Pot" of New York City, which has proven to be a constant creative influence on his fresh sounds, playing a major contribution that led to Lenny's worldwide recognition. His productions have crossed commercially worldwide and some have become classics.... read more

Jully Black

Jully Black is a true Canadian Icon. Named as one of "The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever", (CBC Music) she has been dubbed "Canada's Queen of R&B Soul" by her fans and peers. As a platinum selling recording artist, her music career has yielded multiple singles reaching the Top 10 pop, R&B and dance music charts. She has taken home multiple Juno Awards, earned many industry accolades and was hand selected to sing for the Queen of England. read more

Malik Adunni

A global connector and magnetic entrepreneur in the music and events industry, Malik co-founded the company Gold Credentials, which focuses on connecting brands with artists for fan engagement. He has connected thousands in the music and event industry, including working with Summit Series for their event Summit Outside on Powder Mountain and Southwest Four in London for Lock & Load events... read more

Eddie Gordon

From 1984 through to 1988 Eddie was regularly booked by major London event promoters as the support DJ for BBC Radio 1 DJs and Capital Radio DJs working in the big towns and cities of South East of England. This was a rich period for Eddie Gordon's DJ career with various awards Gravesend and Dartford Reporter 'DJ of the Year 1984-1985', Radio Kent '1986 Club of the Year' with The Slammer... read more

Paul Sanderson

Since being called to the Ontario bar in 1983, Paul has been in private practice and has practiced entertainment and arts law exclusively. He is currently a sole practitioner in the firm Sanderson Entertainment Law which is located in the upper beaches district in Toronto. For more information visit the firm website at www.sandersonlaw.ca read more

Mark Quail

Mark has been a lawyer since 1990. His practice is restricted to music related matters. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark worked as a band roadie and music journalist. His legal career has been divided between private law practice and in-house counsel for music companies... read more

Andrew Tolomizenko

Andrew began his career in entertainment as a Toronto musician playing guitar for several bands in the Toronto area. Later, Andrew entered Fanshawe College?s Music Industry Arts Program where he was honoured with the "Most Promising Producer" award after his first year of studies and finished in the top of his class in his graduating year. Andrew went on to be a recording engineer in one of Toronto's first digital recording studios, Evolution Sound... read more

Nick Fiorucci

Call him a musical renaissance man. Nick Fiorucci is not just an internationally in-demand dance music DJ, but a highly successful producer, remixer, songwriter and record label head. The Toronto native combined his passion for music and his entrepreneurial skills from an early age. At 18, he had already become a top Toronto club DJ. After graduating from the TREBAS Institute with a diploma in the recording arts and sciences, he established his first dance music label, the legendary Bigshot Records.... read more

DJ Brace

Brace has had a diverse DJ career that began over 10 years ago and features many highlights as a turntablist, producer and DJ instructor. DJ Brace has won numerous turntablist battles, including the DMC Canadian Championship in 2004, the 2013 Kid Koala Battle, and a Juno award in 2009. In 2005 Brace released a self titled LP entitled Soundbarriers, with legend-prairie rapper Gruf. Brace's music can also be heard on the Fox TV hit Prison Break. read more

DJ Shub

It is told in the creation legend of a DJ called Shub that a great council was held along the muddy banks of the mighty Grand River in which the influences of Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, A-Trak, and Craze held sway. For one reason or another, that nobody remembers, all of the musical heavyweights from the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, Onondaga and Tuscarora also joined this council and humbly offered teachings, harmonies, drum patterns, gang vocals, and competition songs to this young man in their own good ways. read more

DJ Shine

From the early 90's heyday of Toronto's techno scene through to his current constant touring as a band member and programmer for Nelly Furtado and more recently hip hop superstar Drake, Jason "DJ Shine" Spanu has delivered a brilliant history as a key player in the Canadian electronic music scene. With numerous singles, remixes, and compilation appearances under his belt, DJ Shine has made his reputation well known among some of the world's top producers and artists. read more

DJ Vekked

Vekked is an internationally acclaimed 4-time World Champion DJ and producer. His style fuses new school technology innovations with old-school traditional DJ skills. He consistently adds to his creative repetoire and pushes the boundaries of technicality and musicality. Most recently he was unanimously appointed the 2015 DMC World Online Champion, setting the standard high as the first ever Canadian DJ to earn this title. Vekked's routine features some of his own production and has amassed over 1.5 million views on YouTube and Facebook. read more

Mark Russell

A musician and performer since the age of 12, Mark Russell has transformed his passion for music into a dream career in the music industry. As a promoter and project manager at Live Nation, with more than 10 years in the Entertainment industry, Mark Russell oversees some of Canada?s largest electronic music festival brands including Digital Dreams, VELD and IleSoniq. Mark\ss marketing and industry knowledge has led him to work with the many of the top DJs in the world, including Avicii, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren and Hardwell. read more

Sara Simms

Sara Simms captivates the world as an innovative DJ, turntablist and electronic music producer. She's a multi-instrumentalist who's known for her love of music technology. Sara's diverse sets range from techno to deep house to EDM and her music has rocked audiences around the world. She's toured through North America, Japan and Europe, though her DJ career began in Toronto with residencies at clubs like This Is London and The Courthouse. She has an intriguing background as a turntablist; read more

Heather Van Viper

International Celebrity DJ Heather Van Viper is quickly becoming one of the most sought after female DJs in the world. Her podcast on iTunes called ?The Dirty Digital? has established a fan base that transcends international borders and her productions/remixes have become a go to track for A lister DJs all over the world. Her unique music selection has put her directly on stage with everyone from Pitbull to Hardwell to a sold out show at the Playboy Mansion with Tiesto. She has headlined some of DJ Mags Top 100 Clubs like Marquee, Tao, Guvernment, and holds multiple rotating residencies in her home city of Toronto. read more

Kurtis Hooper

Kurtis' first love, photography, served as a gateway into the refreshing discovery of dance music. Making a leap from the world of film to blogging introduced him to the rich subculture associated with nightlife. In late 2014, Kurtis launched a publishing extension of the Toronto Rave Community, North Americas largest Facebook group and online congregation of electronic music lovers. Alongside fellow owners and a domain hosted by New York City's Daily-Beat, TorontoRaveCommunity.com became Canada?s highest trafficked "EDM" culture website in less than one month. read more

Lloyd Starr

Lloyd Starr is a founding partner at Velocity.Plus. Velocity.Plus is focused on helping music businesses increase revenue with their current assets, unlock new growth opportunities through obtaining operational efficiency, improving the value of existing relationships, building new strategic relationships, and bringing new monetization models to the companies it helps. Starr is a former President and COO of Beatport where he was responsible for the company's overall strategic direction. read more

Matthew Adell

Matthew Adell has dedicated his career to connecting people with the music they love, beginning as a teenager working at a record store in suburban Chicago, to holding key positions at several influential music companies. Prior to founding his newest venture MetaPop, Matthew was CEO of Beatport, where he oversaw the rapid growth of the company, and VP of Music Services at Napster, where he was charged with creative oversight of the company's music programming and product initiatives. Other previous positions include VP of Music Services at MusicNow.com read more


From behind the boards to the stage, there's not a spot of ground Fresh Kils' prolific career hasn't touched. And not just hip hop. It's true, you'll see Saigon and Ali Shaheed (ATCQ) grace his resume, but you'll also find the likes of Ron Sexsmith & The Buena Vista Social Club. His prowess on the MPC has seen him share the stage with many of hip hop?s legends (Nas, De La Soul) as well as the best of the underground. With momentum & accolades growing each year, Fresh Kils is poised for a sound system takeover unlike any we've seen in a long time. read more

Louie La Vella

Nightclub and Music marketing expert, speaker, author Louie La Vella has worked with brands such as Skyy Vodka, Red Bull, Bacardi, television networks such as BPMTV Canada and hundreds of nightclubs and festivals. La Vella has produced and marketed over 40 live music concerts and developed thousands of marketing strategies for clients in Canada, the USA, UK and Australia. Current client work includes head of social media/digital at Ever After Music Festival and digital marketing manager at WTFest Rock Music Festival. Winner of the Niagara Music Awards: Promoter of the Year (2012). read more

Joe Ghost

The hottest new export to come out of Canada's house/electronic music scene- Joe Ghost has seen his popularity catapult to new heights. While he has enraptured audiences for years, his recent high profile collaborations have garnered the attention of EDM enthusiasts everywhere, including some notable industry heavyweights. In 2013, his track "Are You Ready" with Hardwell leaped to #1 on the Beatport charts and was featured in the print publication DJ MAG as one of the year's top picks for WMC. He followed up with the release of MAOS which was featured as an ADE Top 10 pick for their 2013 conference. read more

Massimo Grisafi

Current marketing director of Capture Group, the operators behind BPM Festival, Massimo Grisafi is hands on in nearly every level of Toronto's nightlife industry. With ten years of experience in Toronto's hospitality industry, he is the CEO of Lyme Productions, a brand that has curated large scale concerts such as the Dada Land Compound at the Metro Convention Centre and Disclosure at the Direct Energy Centre. Since 2007, Lyme has produced numerous landmark nightlife events; like Zedd's True Colors performance in Toronto, Together NYE at Liberty Grand, Day of the Dead at Muzik, and Toltec Music Festival in Cancun. read more

Tim Penner

There are very few artists that consistently deliver music that redefines the boundaries of creativity and depth, yet Tim continually pushes the limits to create innovative, crowd-pleasing sounds. His work with industry-leaders is a testament to the respect he has earned with countless chart-topping success. read more

Andreas Rizek

Born Andreas Anthony Rizek, the young producer from Aurora Ontario has a fresh take on the Canadian house music scene - from deep to tech to house, he owns an assortment of smooth, well-curated styles. Cosella tracks sound like home to those in the U.K or on the White Island, Ibiza Spain...It's hard not to like this fast-rising producer. read more

John Norman

With a sound that is "Firmly rooted in Detroit sound, but holds the mark of the Canadian landscape" (Faze Magazin) John Norman's signature blend of techno and is one that is turning heads around the globe. Whether through his live performances, original tracks, or remixes, his obsession with sound can be heard loud and clear. John has established himself as one of the new and exciting voices in the techno world with his rhythm driven yet melodic productions, read more

Mikey Palermo

Beginning in the underground scene in Toronto, Mikey Palermo has built a resume that stands out amongst the rest. Working his way up the electronic music ladder,he has shown he's a force to be reckoned with and has increased in demand as a DJ, event organizer and upcoming producer. Mikey Palermo experimented with an array of sounds before landing on the mix of Tech and Deep House he produces and plays now. read more


Ryner has composed, arranged, produced and performed music for more than thirty-three television series, documentaries and specials that comprise nearly 800 individual episodes, in addition to a substantial portfolio of long- and short-form commercial music and album tracks for a variety artists in multiple genres. Ryner is very proud to have edited, arranged and engineered the music for Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue's gold-medal ice dance win in the 2012 Vancouver Winter Olympics. read more

Jasmine Denham

Singer-Songwriter, MD and Entrepreneur Jasmine Denham has been performing for audiences around the world for over 25 years, sharing the stage, television screens and recording studios with artists like Nelly Furtado, Serena Ryder, Keshia Chante, Kylie Minogue and the cast of the Broadway musical RENT. Formerly a Warner/Chappell UK Songwriter, it was her honour to have co-written the theme song for this summer's TO2015 Pan Am and Para-Pan Am Games TOGETHER WE ARE ONE sung by Serena Ryder, and be chosen to be the Official Singer for the French version ENSEMBLE ON EST IMMENSE. read more

Tommy Gunners

Hailing from Toronto, Tommy Gunners' roots in techno were evident from an early age, though influenced by early 90's rave culture and the break beat sounds of jungle, drum, and bass & breaks; and dj's like Dominik, his first foray into the world of DJ culture was during the break beat era toward the end of the decade. Tommy's techier roots can be linked to some of his hometown friends that brought techno to the steel city known as hamilton in the mid 90's and was influenced by artists such as Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, DJ Dan, Adam Beyer, and Cari Lekebusch. read more

Ryan Wiley

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Established in 1996 by Melleefresh and DJ Spydabrown, Juno award-winning Play Records is celebrating 20 years as one of Canada's leading electronic music labels and publishers. Play Records' operations encompass the development, marketing, sales, and distribution of electronic music through a rapidly maturing network of online digital and streaming channels. The strength and diversity of the label comes from its ability to Publish an extensive back catalogue of over 1000 licensed and exclusive dance tracks read more

Ryan Kruger

Ryan Kruger is the President of the newly formed RKET Group (Ryan Kruger Entertainment & Talent Group), a division of Destiny Events and Canada's premier consulting agency for all things electronic dance. Current assignments include oversight of Special Projects for SFX Live Entertainment in North America, global production of the exclusive Further Future festival series and operation of all Destiny Events projects in Toronto. Prior to forming the agency, Ryan ran the dance music division of Live Nation Canada where he created and ran the Digital Dreams Music Festival and Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival in Toronto and helped create the IleSoniq Music Festival in Montreal. read more

Victoria Novak

Victoria Novak is an Associate with Taylor Klein Oballa LLP. Her practice focuses on all aspects of the film and television industries, as well as music and new media projects. Prior to this position, she held legal research roles at a legal publisher and a Canadian copyright collective. Victoria completed her articles at major national law firm in Toronto and was called to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2013. Prior to attending the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Victoria earned undergraduate degrees in music and political science from McGill University. read more

Additional 2016 CDJ Show guests will be posted as they are announced.

Some of our past CDJ Show guests from 2009-2015 include pioneers of the Canadian an international music business including:

Industry Panel

  • Kardinal Offishall - Universal Music
  • Stuart Knight - UK, Toolroom
  • Mathew Adell - USA, Beatport, Napster
  • Stonebridge - Sweden, Stony Boy Records
  • Tommie Sunshine - USA, Brooklyn Fire Records
  • Starting from Scratch - Flow 93.5
  • Asim "Awesome" Awan - Ultra Music Canada
  • Eddie Gordon - UK/USA, Kings of Spins
  • Sonny Wharton - UK, Whartone Records
  • Nick Fiorucci - Hi-Bias Records
  • Flipside - PBR Records
  • DJ Shine - Ableton Certified Trainer

DMC Champions

  • EtRoNiK - USA, DMC
  • DJ Dopey - DMC Canada
  • DJ Vekked - DMC Canada
  • DJ Brace - DMC Canada
  • DJ Grouch - DMC Canada

Mobile Disc Jockey Keynote Speakers

  • Peter Merry & Liz Daley - USA
  • John Rozz - USA
  • Scott Faver - USA

Music Law Panel

  • Mark G Quail
  • Paul Sanderson
  • Andrew Tolomizenko

Radio Exposure Panel

  • Adam Nics - Lucky Life Ibiza
  • Starting From Scratch - Flow 93.5
  • Danny D - The People's DJ
  • Frank Frenzy - Club 246 Radio Network
  • Corey Balash - Flow 93.5

Like past years, we will strive to bring you pros from across North America to try and help you achieve your business and career goals by getting you the inside information that you just can't get anywhere else! Stay tuned for more details.