Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Toronto, ON; April 24, 2012 – Drake, Redman, Rick Ross, Big Sean, JRDN and Nicki Minaj are but a handful of artists guided by the Maestro Producers who are speaking at the 2012 It Starts With The DJ conference held in Toronto on May 26th, 2012.  The conference will feature keynote interviews with Wu-Tang member Raekwon and Toronto rising star rapper JD Era.

Stylus Group Co-Founder David “Click” Cox shares, “This year’s conference is going to be killer, the best yet.  The speakers are incredible, and joined by a producer panel of some of the best in the business.  A fantastic kick off to the Stylus weekend for sure!”

Held at the Jackman Hall – Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street W.), doors open at 12 noon, with tickets available for $10 CND at the door.  The 2012 Spinfest weekend involves three-days of celebratory events that include conferences, workshops, trade shows and parties to name a few, leading up to the big awards show finale on May 28th!  Hundreds of guests, artists and performers are slated to attend the Stylus Awards, which will also feature special performances and hall of fame inductions.

About the Conference

Keynote:  Featuring A Live Interview with RAEKWON (Wu-Tang Clan) & JD ERA (Ice H2O)
This keynote discussion will provide a first-hand look into the background and future for Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon’s new label Ice H20, his decisions in signing the label’s first two Emcees; JD Era and Gangis Khan AKA Camoflauge, and what listeners can expect from his new movement.


Featuring some of Toronto’s top music producers:

Boi1da, T-Minus, Arthur McArthur, Rich Kidd , Bobby Brass (Kuya), Saukrates.

Round 1:            Producer Panel – Innovating the Industry                        1:00pm – 2:15pm

This panel will feature some of Toronto’s leading producers and songwriters, sharing their stories and insight on gaining success within the industry, along with their insight on the challenges and benefits with technology.

Round 2:            Keynote Interview with Raekwon & JD Era (ICE H2O Canada) 2:30pm – 3:45pm
Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon will be speaking on the making of his Canadian label ICE H20 Records and what the future holds for developing artists and building careers of the unseen talent from across the country.

Round 3:            One on One – Creating Relationships                                           4:00pm – 5:00pm

Back by popular demand, one hour will be dedicated to the importance of networking.  Each artist will book five minutes with one of the advisors of their choice, and either play their music and receive feedback or advice. Once their five minutes have been completed, the artist will proceed to the next person on his appointment schedule and continue until their entire schedule has been completed.This year’s 7th Annual Stylus Awards sponsored by Pioneer DJ will be hosted by comedic sensation TRIXX.  The 2012 Stylus Awards will be held at the Danforth Music Hall located at 147 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1N2. Tickets are available for $40 CND at

About The Stylus Group
The Stylus Awards are a unique facet to the DJ and club culture in Canada. As the only institution recognizing the breadth of DJ talent in Canada; Stylus are able to bring a forum that allows DJ’s and Canadian artists to display and perform their talent to the Canadian music industry. The events throughout Spinfest and the Stylus Awards harbour performances, a national music conference, concerts and local events, all allowing Canadian artists and DJ’s to flourish and be recognized.  For up to date news, rules, regulations, and submission guidelines of the 2012 Stylus Awards and Spinfest presented by Pioneer DJ please visit:

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