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Sydney Blu

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Constant and determined effort can break down barriers, and for Canada’s leading lady behind the decks, carving her top spot among today’s finest burgeoning DJs is the result of her hard work. For the past six years, Sydney Blu has been DJing her electro-tinged, dirty tribal house sets to packed dancefloors across North America. “DJing was something I looked at and instantly knew I wanted to do,” says Blu, who has built a following in gay-friendly and underground clubs.

An Ottawa native, Sydney Blu spent the last of the 1990’s getting to know underground dance music at legendary nightclub Atomic. Immediately inspired, the trained pianist decided DJing was her career calling. When doors closed when she sought guidance, Sydney Blu pressed onward and taught herself. Determined to cut her own path, she moved to Toronto in 2000 and bought her first set of decks.

She convinced the owners of NASA, a small club in Toronto’s Queen West district, to let her organize and DJ a party. The reviews were excellent and Sydney Blu landed her first residency in the side room of IT nightclub. “People began to party in there instead of the main room,” she recalls, her unyielding drive still evident in her crowd-pleasing DJ sets that are versatile enough for the corporate arena, like Citytv’s Toronto International Film Festival Schmooze. From there, Sydney Blu’s bookings multiplied and she was credited by local press as becoming one of the fastest rising DJs in Toronto, voted best newcomer in Eye Weekly’s 2002 DJ Poll. The next year, she headlined festivals on Canada’s East Coast and in Nevada.

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