In 1995 YOGI, MARK & ANAND had their own radio show at the University of Toronto called the Groove Institute Mix Show. The show's name was subsequently used by the DJ collective to signal their mission: to educate and entertain people with the music that they loved. The collective had paid their dues travelling around the U.S. digging deep through the crates for rare old gems and immersing themselves in the underground warehouse scene of the late 80s/early 90s. They learned their lessons well and began putting their knowledge to work by establishing their premier night Solid Garage in 1998. In their quest for the perfect beat, the Groove Institute cover a wide selection of music, dropping soul, jazz, latin, afro, disco, garage, techno and deep house into the pot for a constantly evolving musical flavor and richness the true garage vibe!
SOLID GARAGE can be described as an extension of the Garage Sound born in the early '80's at The Paradise Garage (NYC). The MUSIC played at this club by the Legendary Larry Levan, defined the term GARAGE and influenced the next generation of soulful dance music. Solid Garage's goal is to promote the many layers of this garage sound which is heavily inspired by the roots of SOUL, JAZZ, AFRO-LATIN, DISCO, TECHNO & HOUSE.
Solid Garage exploded onto the Toronto scene in the summer of 1998, inspired by The Groove Institute's trip to the Winter Music Conference that spring. They had witnessed some of the top garage parties & performers the world had to offer. The absence of nights in Toronto playing soulful house convinced the DJ Collective that Solid Garage was needed. 18 + years later their dedication has ensured that Solid Garage is a Toronto institution, with an incredible line up of international & local guests. "SOLID GARAGE is about celebration; people coming together for the music".
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