This Fall Toronto played host to one of the most highly anticipated DJ competitions the world has ever seen. It was the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals and the city was buzzing with excitement. 21 DJs representing 21 countries descended on Toronto to create what was a truly epic and memorable week of parties, insanity, and musical genius.

Four nights of qualifying between the DJs led up to a finale at Toronto’s Kool Haus at The Guvernment. Throughout qualifying the decks were not only controlled by the competitors but also by some of the world’s finest DJs. A-Trak, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grantheft, Keys N Krates and more performed alongside the competitors. Packed venues, surprise guests, fascinating talks with industry experts and memorable performances were abundant and this year’s Thre3style will not be soon forgotten.

Each competitor was given 15 minutes in the spotlight to show the judges their best and prove that they deserved to be crowned world’s best. The competing DJs had to play a minimum of 3 genres and were judged on track selection, mixing creativity, technicality, stage presence and crowd response. As one can imagine these criteria led to some sets that were nothing short of astounding. The 21 DJs were split up over four qualifying nights with only one from each night advancing to the finals. The judges also picked two wildcards to compete along with the four qualifiers.

With only 15 minutes to give it their best the competitors pulled out all the stops. Those that were lucky enough to attend the events left with memories that will last a lifetime. From DJ Trentino of USA mesmerizing the crowd with his raw skill to Germany’s ESKEI 83 setting the crowd on fire with his unparalleled creativity and flow the competing DJs provided a reminder of what it really means to be a DJ.

On the final night of Red Bull Thre3style World Championships the six finalists gave it everything they had. The thousands of people in the crowd at Toronto’s Kool Haus were incredibly receptive to the DJs and the performers themselves also exhibited an unprecedented amount of energy. When all was said and done the judges were left with a nearly impossible decision as to whom to crown world champion. It was DJ Shintaro of Japan who took home the title at the end of the night.

An unforgettable week it is fair to say I will be doing everything in my power to make it back to Red Bull Thre3styles in the future. If you get the chance make sure you make it out to a Red Bull Thre3style. Never before had I seen such an exhibition of pure skill by all artists involved. Thre3style is a unique competition, event and atmosphere that should not be missed.

Check out the six sets from the Red Bull Thre3style Finals below:

Photos: Dale Tidy/Red Bull Content Pool