Drop the Needle

Documentary/Music | Not Rated | 113 min.


Galaxy Cinemas Sat, Oct 21, 2023 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Feature
Release Year:2022
Rating:Content advisory - coarse language, sexual content
Production Country:Canada
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rob Freeman
Cast:Eugene Tam
Russel Peters
Maestro Fresh Wes
Kardinal Offishall
Produced By:Neil Acharya
Screenwriter:Rob Freeman
Neil Acharya


Saturday, October 21, 2023 - 4:00 pm
Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, 72 Commerce Park Dr., Barrie, ON L4N 8W8


Includes a post-screening Q&A with Director Rob Freeman and the film’s subject, Eugene Tam.

In August 1990, a record store opened on Yonge Street that quickly began serving the needs of college radio and DJs who spun new sounds far from the mainstream. Through the contagious work ethic and guidance of founder Eugene Tam, organically it became the hub for “Dance” music and the genres which emerged from under that umbrella, fueling and fostering Hip-Hop and Electronic culture. Today its impact today on Toronto and by extension Canada is without question. This is the story of Play De Record.

Winner – Honourable Mention, Best Documentary Feature, Calgary Underground Film Festival, 2022
Winner – Jury Award, Calgary Underground Film Festival, 2022
Nominated – Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, Calgary Underground Film Festival, 2022

Screening includes music video of CommUNITY by School Em Crew featuring the Barrie Hip Hop Collective.

The School Em Crew is a collective of 7 likeminded members of the Barrie Hip Hop community. All are active individually as solo artists and as members of other groups, collectives, and community organizations. This is a diverse group with a mix of seasoned accomplished veterans and budding up and coming artists. The School Em Crew consists of Producer/DJ Jordi LaForty (Crate Bugz) Emcees: Legitimate (Babylon Warchild), LiftiD (Temple Of Hip Hop), Mike D, Kirk Steele, Spenny, and Sam Spice. This also features additional vocals from Chuck Tee, JTG, Oliver Joseph, Ty The Poetess (2022 - 2026 Barrie Poet Laureate), Plex (Nominated in 3 categories including Rap Album of The Year at the 2023 SSIMA). DJ Jordi LaForty starts things off with a scratch intro which serves as a call to unify.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF HIP HOP with this special screening in partnership with School Em Crew Barrie.