By Kathleen McGouran
A fourth-year Ryerson criminal justice student found himself sharing a performance bill with the likes of Avicii, Skrillex and David Guetta this July after winning a competition hosted by an online trance music forum.
“It didn’t really actually hit me…that I was going to perform at one of the biggest festivals in the world until I was on that stage,” said 23-year-old Christopher Babcock-Rimore, otherwise known as DJ George Rimore.
The online electronic dance music community Tranceaddict. com hosted the contest, with the first prize being a spot on their stage at Tomorrowland, the annual three-day electronic music festival in Boom, Belgium. Rimore entered a mix in the late- June contest on a whim and didnʼt expect to win.
“I told myself, ʻI think I’m pretty good, and said I would submit a mix,” he said. “I put it out of my mind because I didn’t think anything would come of it.”
Rimore has been DJing for four years and has played venues around Toronto like the Augusta House and the Rainbow Room. He said that, although the shows have won him a decent Toronto following, the performance at Tomorrowland is responsible for a surge in his online popularity. “My Facebook fan page blew up,” Rimroe said.
At present, Rimore hopes to focus on school and has no plans for upcoming gigs. He said his experience at Tomorrowland is incomparable to any show he has played before. In spite of this, he said that Toronto gigs are difficult to find, but he is still hopeful for his career as a DJ.
“Iʼm just going to keep doing what Iʼm doing,” he said. “If people like it, they will book me…because they know I can work a crowd.”