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WORKSHOP // Learn How to DJ with Vinyl


DATE: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
TIME: 7:00-9:30 PM
PRICE: Sliding scale $45 to $65 + HST. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis. A waiting list will be created once the spots are filled.
LOCATION: Possible Worlds (708G Somerset St. W., Chinatown, Ottawa). Organizers acknowledge that this program takes place on unceded Algonquin territory.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Open to all, no experience needed. Spaces are limited to ensure you personally get the technique right.


Are you interested in learning how to play vinyl from a DJ perspective? Curious about what a DJ actually does with all those buttons, knobs and faders behind the decks? What’s all the equipment involved? Want to know how to put together your own DJ setup with turntables at home?

Possible Worlds presents a fun introductory group workshop to explore the basics of DJing. Join PW Co-Director Jason Skilz to learn about equipment, techniques, programming and the roots of DJ culture, then apply your new knowledge on the decks.


  • An overview of the roots of DJ culture

  • Essential equipment for DJing (turntables, DJ mixer, headphones and speakers) and how to use each

  • Beat matching, tempo control, mixing tracks, playing with sound

  • Programming and selection of tracks

  • Blending your first 1-2 songs on the decks.

  • Selection and care of records

  • Checklist of equipment and tips

  • Meet likeminded music lovers

  • Know the essentials to take the upcoming Learn How to Digital DJ Workshop.


Musicians, vinyl lovers, artists and creatives who want to learn about DJing and the equipment involved, or those wanting to learn a new skill to add to their music arsenal


DJ Jason Skilz runs the Low Noise Productions and Spins & Needles record labels, as well as co-founded/co-directs Possible Worlds. He curates the vinyl shop portion of PW, and has been spinning and collecting records for over 15 years.

A DJ since the early 90s, Jason has techno releases on Low Noise Productions (Canada) and Euphemia (Italy) as Transmit, and house releases on Spins & Needles, OXO (Swiss), Dustpan (Singapore), LW Recordings (UK), Chicago House FM (USA), Caliber Sounds (AUS), Modern Revival (Germany).

Jason has DJed events in Canada, US, UK, Europe and Asia, including music and art festivals in Amsterdam (ADE 2014), Berlin (2015), Miami (WMC 2015), Chicago and San Francisco.

Spots are non-refundable. By purchasing a spot or having someone purchase a spot for you, you also agree to our terms of service and cancellation policy.

If you have any questions, or if this workshop is sold out and you would like to be put on a waiting list, please e-mail us at or call 613-791-1152.


This workshop takes place on the second-floor of a plaza and is only physically accessible by stairs (unfortunately there is no ramp or elevator). On behalf of the architects of the past who, by these design oversights, have left out many people, we apologize. Accessible washrooms are available down the street in 24-hour Petro Canada.