AnoTher mu­rAl ded­i­cATed To The yonge sTreeT mu­sic scene

NOW Magazine - - CLUBS & CONCERTS -

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.

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