Back in May, DJ Mag announced the debut of the Best of North America series, a batch of awards that recognized the top labels, musicians, and venues on this side of the pond. For once, the global electronic music brand has published a list of earners that are surprisingly not shrug-worthy. Unlike DJ Mags yearly Top 100 poll, Best of North America recognizes the hard-working craftspeople of our continent who are making waves in a multitude of genres and settings.
The votes are tallied and the first-ever winners of DJ Mag’s Best of North America Awards thankfully included quite a few Canadians. Most noteworthy, Kaytranada earned a Best Album nod for his acclaimed 99.9%. Unsurprisingly, Montreal’s Stereo reigned supreme as Canada’s most sought after underground venue. View all the winners below.
Best Breakthrough DJ
Best Breakthrough Producer
Best Live Act
Outstanding Contribution Award
Best Breakthrough Label
Tiga ‘Planet E’ Feat. Hudson Mohawke (Danny Daze Polyester Remix)
Honey Dijon ‘Houze’ Feat. Seven Davis Jr.
Dirtybird ‘Dirtybird Campout Compilation’
Best Venue – West
Best Venue – Midwest
Best Venue – South
Best Venue – North
Best Venue – Northeast