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Why Kaytranada is the future of Canadian music

Editorial Staff

"Everywhere in the world that I have travelled to DJ, I have played Kaytranada’s music to great response," says world-renowned Halifax DJ Skratch Bastid. "The DJs in all of those countries are playing Kaytranada’s music, too."

It's one of the many reasons Kaytranada is named as the next big thing in our new Making Noise feature, focusing on 10 artists who shaped the conversations we had around music in 2016.

Kaytranada’s 2016 debut full-length, 99.9%, won the Polaris Prize this year, and featured the Montreal artist directing leftfield darlings such as Sweden’s Little Dragon, U.K.’s AlunaGeorge and California’s Anderson.Paak, as well as Toronto’s BadBadNotGood and River Tiber, through a groove-oriented odyssey, drawing on jazz, hip-hop, house, soul and disco. It's a formula that has not only drawn a global following, but represents a bright future for Canadian music.

"I don’t know how to explain it," Kaytranada said after his Polaris win. "I'm still in shock. It’s definitely an evolution in the Canadian music scene, starting today.”

Read the full CBC Music Making Noise feature on Kaytranada here.

A GIF of 10 artists on CBC Music's Making Noise list.

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