Back To The Zone: A Documentary on the Roots of Dance Culture.

I’ve had to shift gears away from DG the last few months as I have been busy editing my documentary for Back To The Zone. The good news is that I’m very close to being finished. In the meantime, I’ve launched a campaign to pay tribute to the Twilight Zone, and it’s the original owners, the Assoon brothers. If you’ve never heard of the Zone, it was the first club to open in Toronto’s original Garment District, way back in 1980. It was directly instrumental in creating the city’s Entertainment District.

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It’s no secret the club had it’s hand in being one of only a handful of places spinning House music before anyone else. Frankie Knuckles and David Morales count the Zone as being their first international gigs. They lined up to play on the legendary Richard Long sound system; based on the same sonic setup that NYC’s Paradise Garage had. It was also one of the only places for Hip Hop culture to take root in, with acts like the Dynamic Breakers, and Beastie Boys paying a visit. It was a stunning revelation during the course of my research that it may very well have been the first place Techno was heard North of the border, back in 1985 when Derrick May played to a curious, bemused crowd. The Zone was one of those rare spaces that not only witnessed, but nurtured several pivotal moments of music culture. There are few spaces that rival it’s legacy; CBGB’s. The Warehouse. The Hacienda. The Twilight Zone represented the best that Toronto has to offer today, in terms of diversity and excellence in culture, fashion and music. If you’re interested in knowing more, check out our brand new trailer below, our official site, and my last post on the history behind the club.

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