VIEWSFROMTHE6 X SYDNEY BLU

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There’s no better way to get to know a city than through the eyes of a local. So when it comes to understanding Toronto’s vibrant history with electronic music, who better to call upon than Sydney Blu. She’s lived through nearly two decades of parties, promoters and clubs as a DJ in Toronto, and reached international success with her Blu brand. Blu’s most recent release “Mind Games” was featured on the reputable Knee Deep in Sound ADE sampler and has climbed its way into the Top 20 on Beatport’s Top 100 Tech House Chart. Today, sharing her memories, and tips and tricks on Toronto’s nightlife it’s Sydney Blu for our latest edition of #Viewsfromthe6.

If you could bring back any Toronto music venue which no longer exists, what venue would you choose? Why?

Footwork, hands down. I miss it a ton. I was watching the videos from my last show there a week ago and teared up. It was such an incredible space. I also miss System Soundbar. That place was really special too.

Footwork, Toronto

Footwork, Toronto

What is your go-to spot for a hangover meal in the city?

I love Dim Sum King. I get that pretty much every time that I am hungover.

What’s one thing you could always guarantee when visiting the late Comfort Zone?

The place is going off. It doesn’t matter what decade it is… it’s one of the best places to DJ in the city and the music is always good.

Name a shop in Toronto where you can still go crate-digging and find some gems.

Play De Record is now located on Spadina and that is where I shopped the most when I was a 100% Vinyl only DJ. Also, I love Sonic Boom. They don’t sell House Music, but they do sell amazing full length albums and I have become a bit of a vinyl collector of all music lately.

My favourite sound system to play in Toronto is located at…

CODA of course! My favourite current club and residency.

Sydney Blu at CODA, Toronto

Sydney Blu at CODA, Toronto

You can typically find me in this borough/district of Toronto on a…

Friday night: I enjoy CODA on a Friday if I am in town.

Sunday afternoon: Kensington Market and Spadina for record shopping!

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I discovered ___ in Toronto while he/she was playing at___ …

Matt C at Industry. He was one of my favourite DJs back in the day when I first moved to the city.

My very first music industry friend in Toronto was…

I think Randy Chow was one of them. He took my photo in 2002 as the #1 UP and Coming DJ in the city in the Eye Magazine Poll of the top Toronto DJs.

The worst part of Toronto’s 2AM last call is…

Everyone is on the street drunk and annoying at the same time.

Many Labour of Love’s and long weekend parties were the time of my life, but I will never forget Deep Dish playing on a revolving Dj Booth in the Kool Haus for Goldclub Series.

The most embarrassing job I have worked in Toronto was …

I was a waitress in Tony and Tina’s Wedding before I became a DJ. That was in 2000/2001.

The best disco ball in Toronto resides at…

CODA.

The best night I ever had at the Guv was…

Many Labour of Love’s and long weekend parties were the time of my life, but I will never forget Deep Dish playing on a revolving Dj Booth in the Kool Haus for Goldclub Series. That was probably the best party I have ever been to.

One of my favourite gigs in Toronto to date was…

Man that is a HARD question, but I would say my final solo night at Footwork with Starving Yet Full.

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