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The top 5 under the radar electronic acts in Toronto 2013

Posted by Staff / December 11, 2013

Toronto electronic actsThe Toronto electronic music scene is thriving. Our city exports some of the biggest and brightest global players, including artists like Crystal Castles, Art Department, Austra, MSTRKRFT, and on and on. When I speak to people in Europe, they seem to view Toronto as some kind of Mecca for electronic music. When it comes to house, techno and electro, we have people in the top of all those categories. And that's not to mention, Toronto's legendary status for its 90's jungle, drum and bass scene.

What's funny, however, is that you might not know all of this if you live here, considering the media and government's seemingly systematic lack of support for our many talented synth gurus. Apparently the powers that be are still stuck in the 1980's and think the machines just make the music and that therefore there's no talent involved.

To combat their apathy towards our electronic musicians, I've put together a list of 5 acts I was into this year that didn't get the attention I felt they deserved. Now I apologize in advance to the bands I missed out on in 2013; I do try to dig deep into Toronto's underbelly and find all the best artists, but the sheer amount and diversity of electronic musicians in Toronto makes listening to them all an insurmountable task.

Tre Mission
Just to make everyone wig out, I'm putting Tre Mission on the top of my list. Technically he doesn't deserve to be on a list of people who I think are great but don't get any attention because he does get some media attention (Fact Magazine, for instance, premiered one of his videos). But even as he plays all over the world, every time I bring this talented young man up in conversation, no one has ever heard of him. So here he is. Again.

Made up of SΛRIN &, their song "CɌƎƎP" was recorded at 01System, samples Robocop (arguably one of the greatest movies of all time), and lays it down over some New Beat inspired madness. I also think the song title fits in nicely with the articles in the past few days about those creeps at the Eaton centre. The Robocops at YouTube have been taking the video down for copyright infringement, so in case the embed below doesn't work, you can watch it here.

Terror Tone
Might as well keep it creepy and highlight Terror Tone's song "The Creeps." This song has a really, early 90s, on-too-many-pills-in-a-warehouse kinda vibe, which I love. He's been a fundamental part of the scene in Toronto, as a promoter, DJ and owner of Stacked Records. He deserves way more attention than he gets.

Sean Roman & Dick Diamonds
Sean Roman gets his fair share of attention in the Drum and Bass scene under the name MUTT, but in recent years he's switched it up and started making House. Sean and his partner in crime Dick Diamonds have a new EP called Late and Deep out on Beef Records. Dick Diamonds is best known in Toronto as being one of the hottest young event promoters, with his Late and Deep crew, as well as being 1/2 of the Hermans. I'm diggin this whole EP and crew.

Rene Lavice
Drum and Bass, electronic music's thugged out brother, has always been way too rough and rugged for Canadian media and mainstream radio. In the 90s, Toronto was the Drum and Bass capital of North America, but if you weren't the type to hang out in warehouses 'till 8am, you never would have known. Still to this day you rarely hear about these bass loving rude boys. Rene LaVice is on top right now, with a slew of releases on the biggest labels in the scene. Rewind!

Who are some of your favourite electronic acts from Toronto that could use some more attention?

Writing by Aaron Cunningham / Lead photo of SARIN from ≠ CULTURE



truther / December 11, 2013 at 10:17 am
you shound like you don't get out much
Audio Blood / December 11, 2013 at 10:44 am
Will have to check out these artists! Nothing better than supporting our very own!
r / December 11, 2013 at 10:53 am
i like that picture. with the reel to reel in the back.
Artistik Management / December 11, 2013 at 11:31 am
Subwulf -
Five Suns -
Dividhawk -
BreakableComb / December 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Freeza Chin - Toronto's UK Grime ambassador. Phenomenal DJ/producer. Dude gets no little to no attention and is a full-on beast.
≠ CULTURE / December 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Wowza, thanks!! Here's our other video/track:

David / December 11, 2013 at 01:03 pm
Gremlinz -
XI -
attention starved / December 11, 2013 at 01:50 pm
Click my links!
TheJaxEffect / December 11, 2013 at 02:34 pm
So nice to see The Deep North Crew getting some love!
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Carl / December 11, 2013 at 04:02 pm
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ashley / December 11, 2013 at 04:54 pm
Thrizzo & 3.A.M-. young, local tastemakers! Big things in 2014 from those guys!
Cyril Sneer replying to a comment from WINTER GIRL BOOTS / December 11, 2013 at 05:27 pm
Ahahaha thanks for your pointless contribution (aka spamming) to this thread!
BYC / December 11, 2013 at 05:44 pm
Bohemian Yacht Club Music is a Toronto based label with releases this year from :

Jamie Kidd
Brian Johnson
Deepsea aka Jeremy K
Simina Grigoriu
Deadly Vanity

More info on our website at - lots more to come in 2014
Sha-non / December 11, 2013 at 07:47 pm
Thomas Cade!! Have probably listened to Greenwich Mean Time into the triple digits by now. Definitely worth checking out!
Dick Diamonds / December 11, 2013 at 07:50 pm
Thanks for the mention AC. Big love for toronto. Kerberos grinding guys
lol replying to a comment from Higha Level / December 12, 2013 at 12:03 am
I can't believe you are still trolling after all these years dude.....PLEASE get a new hobby.
Baff / December 12, 2013 at 01:17 pm
Apothekary Sound Lab / December 12, 2013 at 03:04 pm
I'm with Higha Level. Most of those "artists" wouldn't know what an A minor 7th chord is let alone know how to turn on the master power switch in a studio. All they do is cut and paste loops and beats and add an arpeggiation here and there and melodyned vocals (autotune for all you neophytes) and there you have it. The next EDM hit of the minute.

All you people should ditch your EDM and go back to the roots. Kraftwerk, Throbbing Gristle, Popol Vuh, Cabaret Voltaire, Neu!, Cluster, Tangarine Dream, Klaus Schultze,.....anything pre midi or pre digital and imagine how these people did what they did with what little they had. Or better still try to come up with a rhythm on a VCS 3 like the artists above did.

Not saying there aren't any electronic artists out there that are as inventive but those aren't the ones getting a lot of airplay or news coverage.

jackofallfunk / December 12, 2013 at 06:56 pm
Hope one day to be on this list.
Chris Dart / December 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm
I've been talking about Tre Mission for three years now, I'm glad people are finally figuring it out.

Breakable Comb, Freeza Chin is actually Tre's DJ at shows!
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