AnoTher murAl dedicATed To The yonge sTreeT music scene
Twenty-two storeys of Toronto music history are going up on Yonge Street – again.
An artist’s rendering of the second 70-metre-tall mural dedicated to the local music scene was revealed on August 17 at 423 Yonge.
Designed by artist/musician Adrian Hayles (aka DJ Sawtay), the mural on the Toronto Community Housing building will feature the likenesses of Rush, Goddo, the Band, David ClaytonThomas, Lonnie Johnson, Salome Bey, Carole Pope, Cathy Young, Jay Douglas, Kim Mitchell, Mandala and John and Lee and the Checkmates.
Commissioned by the Downtown Yonge BIA, it also includes historic bygone music spaces like Gasworks, A&A Records, Piccadilly Tube, Steele’s Tavern and the Brown Derby Tavern.
“This mural ties into the importance of Yonge Street and all the artists and venues that have played this iconic street,” Downtown Yonge BIA executive director Mark Garner tells NOW. “Yonge Street contributed significantly to the Canadian music scene, but also to the North American scene.
“The Downtown Yonge BIA wants to preserve this legacy via these murals, as it is important to pay homage to our past as we plan our future as a Music City.”
Hayles also painted the first mural on the building’s north side. Completed last December, it includes images of Ronnie Hawkins, Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, Jackie Shane, Shirley Matthews and Gordon Lightfoot, among others, venues Le Coq d’Or and Massey Hall and the Sam the Record Man sign.
The murals are part of the Downtown Yonge BIA’s Music Strategy. More info at downtownyonge.com.