James McInnes, 25, is a self-taught beatboxer who goes by the stage name Peterpot.
"It's such an honour," he said. "I don't even know what to say about it. It's still surreal."
His music may sound like it was electronically produced, but beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue and voice.
"I would say beatboxing is the language of rhythm," he said.
He started out with beatboxing at the age of 18 and won the Calgary Stampede Talent Search in 2008 — which launched his professional career.
"If you want to define yourself as an artist you have to do things that are different," he said.Peterpot beat 16 other finalists at the 2013 Canadian Beatboxing Championships, which were held at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club in Toronto.
"I came very prepared," he said.
He will represent Canada in the next World Beatbox Championship. He won the online wild card to compete in the event in 2012, but is excited to take on the challenge again this year.
Peterpot said he grew up in foster care without a lot of money, but discovered he was able to make music with his mouth and today his hard work has paid off.
"I had a dream.... and I just did something with what I have," he said, adding he hopes he can inspire others.
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