Being Sydney Blu Episode 4: “Toronto – There’s No Place Like Home”
Join Sydney Blu with her EDM documentary, bringing you back to her home of Toronto in her video episodes. What’s it like to be an internationally-known DJ and return home for a whirlwind weekend of gigs, press and catching up with friends and family? Joanne Hill aka SYDNEY BLU takes us on a journey back to her former home of Toronto in episode four of her documentary series, “Being Sydney Blu,” where she headlines the annual Pride Festival and spins into the afterhours at former residency spot, Footwork. She also gives viewers a history lesson in her upbringing in the Toronto dance scene and what it was like to be one of the first DJs from the city to break out internationally.
We hear from Sydney’s old friends and early supporters, along with former promoters who were the first to book her in the city’s thriving underground. As one of the few women to seriously pursue a career in DJing in the early 2000s, the episode is a unique look at Sydney’s determination and perseverance in her climb to the top and the people who helped her get there.
After a jam-packed set at Pride Central Stage in front of over 5,000 people, Sydney and her entourage head to her afterhours party at the #4 club in North America, Footwork. As Sydney explains, she began playing at Footwork over eight years ago when it first opened and the club and owners hold a special place in her heart. The night rages on until almost dawn and as Sydney ends her walk down memory lane, she reflects on the accomplishments in her 15+ year career, with tribute to the city where she came from. What’s next for Sydney Blu? You’ll have to wait until episode 5 to find out!