The World Finals kick off with Welcome Night at the Drake Hotel. Doors open at 9 pm, entry is free and surprise DJs will spin. Get there early – the dance floor will fill up soon.
The first night of DJ duelling begins at the Great Hall. International contenders square off; then Canada’s own Kid Koala (also of alt hiphop group Deltron3030) takes over. Plus, Shortkut adds a video set and Toronto’s TurnStylez takes a spin.
International winners won’t be the only ones competing on Thre3style’s second qualifier night at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club. A slightly higher-profile battle will go down between East Coast Canadian kid Skratch Bastid and Jazzy Jeff, the DJ who’s spent the most time getting thrown out of a Beverly Hills mansion by Uncle Phil.
The tournament continues at the Hoxton, with sets by locals Torro Torro and Calgary’s Smalltown DJs. The main attraction is Montreal’s A-Trak, who founded Fool’s Gold and has performed at the Grammys. Hey, if he’s good enough for Kanye….
The final qualifier night goes down at the Danforth Music Hall with two hip-hop legends in the house. In the early 90s, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Maseo of De La Soul ruled New York hip-hop with creativity, positivity and Afrocentricity. Tonight, the Native Tongues brothers determine who’s tops at the turntables.
It all comes down to this. Thre3style moves to Kool Haus to accommodate larger crowds, and the finalists will battle for the crown and international bragging rights. But it doesn’t end there. Ottawa powwow steppers A Tribe Called Red and Toronto’s own remix masters Keys N’ Krates keep the party going till late.