The TD Gallery in TORONTO’s Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, in partnership with the Northside Hip Hop Archive & the Toronto Star Archive, is exhibiting ‘For The Record’ until April 28/2019. The installation features photographs, record covers, music industry awards, graffiti art, several listening stations and videos, highlighting the early days of hip hop in this city.

<ABOVE – independent small record labels that supported hip hop artists in the 1990’s. Many were responsible for ushering in a second generation, enriching the already talented pool in town.>

<DJ Ron Nelson was the host of CKLN radio’s ‘Fantastic Voyage’, which almost single-handedly brought rap and funk to the TORONTO airwaves. He’s standing in front of Yonge Street’s Rio Cinema with a stack of vinyl; April 4/1985>

<‘Whole lotta breakin’ going on’, 1984. Nigel “Sugar Pop” Walters, an 18-year-old student at Earl Haig Collegiate, shows off his scissor kick during a headstand. A few days after this photo was taken by the Toronto Star, “Breakdance ’84”, TORONTO’s first ever high school street dance show was held at Riverdale CollegiatePhoto – Tony Bock>

<JC of Sunshine Soundcrew on the turntables at the Concert Hall, Yonge at Davenport Road, in 1983 for Run DMC’s first concert in TORONTO. Photo by Alistair John, aka Rollin’ Rush>

<“Naaah, dis kid can’t be from Canada?!!”, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Lefrak-Moelis Records, 1994>

<Men at Work: The Circuit Breakers – Kevin Matthew, Howard Lee and Chris Braithwaite, August 14/1984; photo by Brian Pikell>

Connected with the exhibition – 1) guided Tours, Tuesdays at 2 pm; 2) a panel discussion with journalists and magazine publishers on April 16th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm; and 3) six listening stations playing radio show recordings. It’s all free!


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