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Nightclubbing: A Toronto History

black and white image of a model wearing a dress with shoulder cut-outs and eye maskin a fashion show at Twilight Zone, an afterhours club in Toronto

Image of a fashion show at the Twilight Zone, one of Toronto's most influential nightclubs. The Zone operated as an unlicensed, afterhours club and event space at 185 Richmond Street West from 1980 - 1989. Photo courtesy of Albert Assoon.

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Nightclubbing: A Toronto History

Thursday, March 25, 7:30 pm
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Nightclubbing: A Toronto History

Nightclubs are spaces of social and creative transformation where partygoers of all backgrounds and lifestyles can come together for nights of music, creativity, and joyous celebration. Join DJ and journalist Denise Benson for a conversation with club owner Albert Assoon, DJ Mark Oliver and writer and director Michele Geister about some of Toronto’s most influential and unforgettable nightlife spaces from the 80s and 90s. They’ll consider the impact of house, hip-hop and early rave culture on the music, art, fashion, and design scenes in the city.

Denise Benson is a writer, DJ, researcher and author of Then & Now: Toronto Nightlife History 

Albert Assoon and his brothers have owned and operated some of the most influential nightclubs in Toronto history, including Twilight Zone, Fresh, Living Room and Remix Lounge. They now own The Mix 669 restaurant and event space.

Mark Oliver is one of Toronto's most beloved and best-known DJ / producers, with residencies at many of the clubs we will be discussing.

Michele Geister is a writer, director, culture curator, producer of RapCity and Soul in the City (MuchMusic, Canada); Smile Jamaica, Island Dreams and Vibes Cuisine (Television Jamaica and CVM Television).

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