A GIANT MURAL CELEBRATES DOWNTOWN’S MUSIC SCENE IN THE 50’S, 60’S & 70’S – GRANBY @ YONGE

jazzmural7This giant mural, which covers one side of a high-rise senior’s residence, salutes the once vibrant Yonge Street music scene. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s jazz and rock greats played in several taverns and bars along the strip from Gerrard to Queen.

jazzmural8jazzmural9All the clubs and many of the performers are gone now, but the mural – still being painted – will help us remember the days when Yonge was ‘nightclub nirvana’.  You can’t miss it.

jazzmural5Three Yonge Street stalwarts – A & A Records, Steele’s Tavern & Sam The Record Man – all gone.

jazzmural6THE COLONIAL, sandwiched between two old bank buildings, was TORONTO’s #1 jazz club – demolished.

Friar's Tavern, c 1960s-70s (public domain).

FRIAR’S TAVERN, replaced by the ‘world’s original’ Hard Rock Cafe, Yonge & Dundas Square    jazzmural2LE COQ D’OR TAVERN, one of the strip’s largest venues – gone.

jazzmural4The venerable MASSEY HALL, still going strong.  This was, and remains, one of TORONTO’s top concert halls.

TORONTO’S MAIN STREET GETS SOME ‘LOVE’ FROM A SMART NEW WEBSITE

YONGELOVE3       The DOWNTOWN YONGE BIA has come up with an idea that’s boosting our main street in an imaginative way. YONGELOVE – http://www.yongelove.ca – is asking Torontonians for their opinions and ideas; stories of the past, present and future – anything and everything about Yonge Street, the surrounding neighbourhood and its people. <PHOTO ABOVE – xtinergram/Twitter>

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YONGE LOVE is also running a contest for the best Instagram photographs of this rapidly improving downtown strip. Contest details are on the website.  <PHOTOS ABOVE . . . >
1) – Swinging – yashyanthi
2) – Full Moon – aaloralfan
3) – Little Mermaid – aboyd89
4) – Busker Fest – wiggey