2017 CDJ Show Guests

CDJ Show Funkagenda at Maison Mercer, 2016 CDJ Show Official After Party

Above: Funkagenda at Maison Mercer, 2016 CDJ Show Official After Party

We will be adding to our list of 2017 special guests that will be appearing on our panels and presenting keynotes in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more!

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Cenk as Jake Koseleci was born in eastern Turkey's Black Sea coast with his formative years in Istanbul and Toronto. He has founded tech companies, produced feature films, studied philosophy up to the PhD level at the University of Toronto and has recently turned to the psychedelic practices... read more


Cuetwo has been passionately mixing progressive and deep house since 2012. They have appeared at many major venues (i.e. The Hoxton, The Guvernment, Maison Mercer) within Toronto, Ontario. Having the opportunity to work with major corporations such as Embrace and Heineken; In 2014, Heineken... 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... read more


Born and bred in New York, JES started singing and writing songs from a very early age. Her first professional recordings were made at the tender age of just 14 after answering an ad in The Village Voice. Tirelessly developing her craft through the years that followed she worked with some of New... read more


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... read more


A voice powerfully soulful and uplifting with a tone rich, warm, and smooth as liquid gold, Thane's eclectic musical style draws from a mix of various inspirations including Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, David Guetta, Duane Harden, Seal, Nina Simone, Lionel Richie, Jarvis Church, C&C Music Factory,... read more

Eddie Amador

It begins in Los Angeles, 1998. Eddie pens the now-famous lyrics... "Not everyone understands house music, it's a spiritual thing, a body thing, a soul thing." He sets them to a hypnotic pulsating beat and the seminal dance classic 'HOUSE MUSIC' is born. 'House Music' went on to become... read more

Harrison Bennett

From Toronto via Florida, Harrison Bennett is the label manager for Deadbeats, a record label founded in 2016 by Zeds Dead. Using lean analytics techniques, he strategizes promotional and marketing efforts for artists using data from emerging social and streaming platforms. Based in Toronto,... read more

Sydney Blu

Sydney Blu continues to establish herself as one of the top female electronic producers and DJ's in the world. Her passion for success, hit singles on the Beatport charts, extensive global touring and musical creativity has Sydney at the top of the electronic music scene. In 2009, Sydney Blu... read more

DJ Buddha

For about 20 years, DJ Buddha has been very involved in the DJ scene. Starting out in Mississauga & Hamilton playing various bars and clubs for the first 10 years of his career, he learned what different demographics demanded. Rooted in hip hop music originally, he gradually learned to expand his... read more

Lindsay Cabrera

Lindsay Cabrera is the founder of LCPR [Lindsay Cabrera Public Relations Inc.], a boutique public relations agency in the heart of Toronto, representing dance music artists and brands worldwide. Her current roster of clients includes Ellen Allien, John Acquaviva, Electric Island, Bestival... read more

Disco Donnie

James "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr. is DDP's founder and CEO. Considered one of the godfathers of US electronic dance music, Disco Donnie has grown over the past 23 years to become one of the leading dance music promoters in the world. From his early days in the 1990s New Orleans dance scene, Disco... read more

Scott Faver

Scott Faver, is The Game Master. As owner of The Party Favers, and a professional DJ\entertainer since 1980, he has created fun, unique and interactive games for the young, old, famous and infamous - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise... Plus personal training for large DJ... 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... 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... read more

Starting From Scratch

Revered as one of the top 100 most powerful people in music, DJ Starting from Scratch is considered by many, to be one of the greatest DJs on the planet. Heard across country twice daily and on Saturday nights on Virgin Radio Canada, Scratch continues to push the creative envelope, inspiring a... read more

Eddie Gordon

"There are certain things, events, companies and especially people who have shaped the dance music world that we DJs (and the music listening public) know and love. Without these historical contributing factors, the importance of dance music in our lives may not be as profound, the radio we listen... read more

DJ Grouch

Born in Panama, Central America, the Toronto Native has always been around music. His love for Hip Hop started at the early age of 10, b-boying outside with his neighborhood friends. Realizing he wasn't going to be the next member of the Rock Steady Crew, he began to focus more on the art of... read more

Bill Hermann

Bill Hermann is also an very popular and sought after MC Wedding Entertainer, Master of Ceremonies, Speaker and Coach and has performed and/or spoken all over the US and the world from Australia to the UK. With over 30 years in the entertainment business, Bill has performed well over 1000 events... read more

Nick Holder

Nick Holder is a DJ & producer from Toronto, Canada and the owner of DNH Records. One of the most respected producers in the history of underground house music, Holder's recordings span a sound range from deep disco vibes, to minimal Chicago-style house. Some of his early influences came from the... 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,... read more

Dr Jay

When it comes to Canada's Caribbean music scene, Dr. Jay is considered Soca royalty. With his vast musical talents and ongoing recognition for his experience in building Soca's nightlife culture over the past 25 years of his career, 'De Soca Prince' is undisputed as the nation's #1 Soca DJ. He... 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... read more

Keith Kokoruz

Keith "K.C." KoKoruz is the owner of the Chicago based Keith Christopher Entertainment Group, Aberdeen Florists, Harry Fox Photo & Video, the Windy City Wedding Show and the Badger State Bridal Expo. In 2010, he started his bridal show business which has quickly become one of largest bridal show... read more

Ben Liebrand

Ben Liebrand is considered by colleagues and business professionals to be one of Europe's pioneers in mixing of dance music. His early mixes inspired an entire generation of DJ's. Armin van Buuren, Olaf Basoski, Ferry Corsten and Tiesto mention Ben Liebrand as their main inspiration to become a... read more

Will McCarthy

Will McCarthy is the Managing Editor at Dancing Astronaut, one of the longest-running and most reputable electronic music publications of the digital age. Based in San Francisco, CA, he takes a strategic approach to guiding the site's editorial vision, which stems from his experience working in... read more

Miz Megs

Miz Megs has been immersed in electronic music since before she started going to raves in 1996 and wanted to learn how to DJ since the beginning. She was passionate and knowledgeable about house music so it only made sense to learn. So in 2003, she bought 2 Technics 1200s and a Pioneer mixer and... 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... read more

Dextrous One

Brandan Duke aka Dextrous One (Brampton ON) broke the Guinness World Record for the World's Youngest Professional Dj at the age of 6yrs 225 days in front of a sold out crowd at The Guverment Niteclub on June 15, 2013. He was published in the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records sold world wide on... 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 sound. His work with industry-leaders is a testament to the respect he has earned with countless chart-topping... read more

Samantha Pickard

Samantha Pickard brings an international outlook to Strut Entertainment and a vast understanding of the Canadian and Australian music industries. A twenty-seven year industry veteran Samantha has executed hundreds of public relations campaigns including the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The... read more

DJ Pluto

DJ Pluto has been playing parties and clubs in the Toronto club scene for 12 years recently culminating in four well received gigs at The Hard Rock Cafe in Dundas Square. Specializing in house, his preferred variations on the genre are deep, tech and tribal. Also an accomplished singer, songwriter,... read more

Sarah Polonsky

An encyclopedia of music knowledge, media specialist Sarah Polonsky has traveled the world bringing awareness to brands through varying mediums, across multi-cultural landscapes. Currently the North America editor and representative for the 25-years-running, global voice of dance music, DJ... read more

Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician and Professional Sound magazines, as well as the co-host of the weekly Canadian Musician Radio program. He has also written about music and culture for the CBC and Huffington Post Canada. Over the last four years at Canadian Musician, Michael... read more

Cool Ritchie

Patrick Merner, also known by the handle Cool Richie, is a producer and session musician who has been avidly composing, performing , and producing around Canada for the past 10 years. Originally beginning his studies in classical music with the intention of becoming an orchestral musician,... 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... read more

Brian S Redd

USA DJ, Brian S Redd, has made quite a name for himself in the DJ community by developing a vast social media network. This summer, his "Briansredd" YouTube channel will celebrate its 10th year of bringing you free DJ tutorials, demonstrations, advice and how-to videos. Brian is a staff writer... read more

Paul Sanderson

Paul Sanderson, Barrister and Solicitor Owner Sanderson Entertainment Law 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... read more

Sean Savage

"I try to capture the immediacy and truth of a given moment in sound and rhythm." Sean Savage is many things. He is a mastering engineer, a producer, a remixer, a performer and a radio presenter. Most importantly, he is a fan of music. "I think music should make you move, evoke an emotional... read more

DJ Shiftee

NYC's Shiftee is one of the most dynamic and innovative DJs on the planet, electrifying crowds from NYC to London to Tokyo with his unique blend of turntablism, new technology, and exquisite musical curation. With over a decade of dancefloor experience, 2 distinct DMC World Championship titles and... 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.... read more

Sara Simms

Sara Simms captivates the world as an innovative musician, 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 and her music has rocked audiences around the world. She's... read more

Steve Stone

Proudly hailing from Toronto, Steve Stone is a versatile DJ, MC and events specialist with over 25 years of experience. He has played at various hot spots around Toronto such as Nuit Blance's WiGGLY Street Party, Reds Wine Tavern, Populous, Lily Lounge, and is also the official DJ for Toronto's... read more

Gobs The Zombie

The world's most charismatic dead man. Gobs is a music producer, performance artist, and one of the worlds best open format DJs. He has developed a strong cult following in North America, which is rapidly expanding across the globe, largely due to the popularity of his monthly podcast, Dead Air,... read more

Ticky Ty

Ticky Ty has become a household name in the Toronto underground over the last few years. In 2004 she bought her first set of turntables and never looked back. Straight out of high school, she premiered her first radio show Saturday mornings on CIUT 89.5. Eventually an opportunity was presented to... read more

Earl Young

Earl Young (born June 2, 1940, Philadelphia) is a Philadelphia-based drummer who rose to prominence in the early 1970s as part of the Philly Soul sound. Young is best known as the founder and leader of The Trammps who had a hit record with "Disco Inferno". Young, along with Ronnie Baker and Norman... read more

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.