Canada is known for many things: Maple syrup, hockey, cold weather, always apologizing, to name a few. But when it comes to house music, in particular progressive house, Canada doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
When we think of progressive house, we think of countries such as Sri Lanka, Australia, many European countries and, thanks in large part to el Maestro, Hernan Cattaneo, Argentina is probably the #1 location for progressive house talent.
That said, progressive is truly global and Canada has a big part to play.
In my debut mix for Data Transmission this past week I chose to highlight just a few of Canada’s established and rising progressive house stars. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Hailing originally from Sri Lanka, Dimuth K has had a life-long passion for the art of music. In his homeland he played alongside some of the biggest names around.
He has released many tracks, remixes and collaborations on labels such as Juicebox, Mango Alley, Meanwhile , Onedotsixtwo, Plattenbank, Proton, Sounteller, When We Dip XYZ and many others.
He has occasionally released some trance. But let’s just forget about that…
Learn more about Dimuth K:
Mystic Mind is the DJing alias for Toronto’s Navid Z. A veteran of Toronto’s electronic music scene for well over a decade. Over the years, Navid’s sound has become deeper, evolving from progressive-psy and techno to deep house and deep progressive.
Since 2018 Navid has released on Balkan Connection, 3xA, Forward, Massive Harmony and Soundteller Records.
Learn more about Mystic Mind:
Hailing from Canada’s east coast, honouring her Scottish ancestry, Bonnie L, aka juSt B is an accomplished DJ, radio host, vocalist, producer, published writer, & promo label head.
Among her many roles, Bonnie manages the Getting Deeper channel and has played alongside some of the biggest names in the business.
She recently achieved a significant milestone, releasing an EP on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records.
Learn more about juSt b:
Rob Dawson, aka Magnovis has been flying under the radar as a producer, but I predict he won’t be doing that much longer.
He has been releasing music since 2016 across several genres, but has found his sweet spot with progressive house releasing with Balkan Connection, Modern Agenda, Superordinate Music and others.
He is a very thoughtful producer that considers the tiniest details in order to create fresh, yet forward-thinking music that truly caters to the feet, the mind and the soul.
Learn more about Magnovis:
That is just a few of the great names in the Canadian progressive house scene. We will feature more soon.
If you want to experience their music directly, check out the mix I did with their tracks below. Full track listing is here.