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The top 10 underground house DJs from Toronto

Underground house music has blossomed in Toronto over the years. Artists hailing from this city combine and experiment like no other, and have helped our scene to mature and grow into one of the world's most renowned. Follow me on a trip of sounds and beats from the underground, "where your body begins to tremble, and your hands become just a little nimble."

Here are my picks for the top underground house DJs in Toronto.

Nathan Barato
Nathan Barato describes his genre as "Fo to da Flo." He never fails to perform an eccentric set, and knows how to throw a party with his underground house and tech house beats.

DJ Sneak
DJ Sneak is the house gangster of Toronto. His inspiration and passion for underground house stemmed from Chicago, the city where house music originated.

Art Department
Once a collaborative effort, today Art Department consists of the sole force of Jonny White. Regardless, he continues to pump up the crowd with brilliant sounds.

Daniel Dubb
Daneil Dubb has mastered the craft of underground house music in the club as well as the studio. His tireless work ethic and his thirst for success has granted him the title of house music purist.

Jeff Button
Jeff Button started off as a promoter in Toronto and almost overnight turned into a hot Toronto underground house DJ. He is the proud owner of the podcast DigDeep and holds residency at Coda in Toronto.

Carlo Lio
Toronto native Carlo Lio has the ability to express raw emotion and passion with his music. He speaks to people on so many levels and transforms the observer into a dancer with his communication through his beats.

Jonathan Rosa
Jonathan Rosa holds residency at two of Toronto's hottest underground nightclubs: Coda and Comfort Zone. This is a DJ that'll surely make you tear up the dancefloor while he tears up the decks.

Coleco
This dynamic duo has a flare for house slightly different than the rest of the DJs on the list. They incorporate electronic and pop into their beats, giving the underground house genre a pinch of charm.

D-Unity
D-Unity is a self-taught underground house veteran. He has releases on some of the world's largest labels, such as Universal Music and is known worldwide for his prolific techno productions.

The Junkies
Toronto-born tech duo call The Junkies have a style that ranges from deep, soulful house to techno and everything in between. They're currently killing the scene with their distinct "New School Tech."

What did I miss? Add your suggestions for underground house DJ's in Toronto in the comments.

Writing by Celine Mirzaian.Photo from Jonathan Rosa on Facebook.


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