Beginnings – Yonge Street to 1961

Thursday, Oct 14, 2021

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lecture by:
Dr. Mike Daley

Yonge Street has been the symbolic centre of Toronto and a microcosm for Canadian musical life for decades. We’ll begin with a virtual walk through Yonge’s early theatres, piano companies, sheet music shops and record stores. The 1947 change in liquor laws transformed the Yonge Street landscape, bringing taverns like the Silver Rail, the Colonial, the Brown Derby and Le Coq D’Or. We’ll discuss the advent of rock and roll as well as rhythm and blues in Toronto, the rise of rock and roll on CHUM 1050, and the arrival of Arkansas rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins in 1958.

About The Lecturer

Dr. Mike Daley

Dr. Mike Daley holds a Ph.D in music from York University and has lectured at several universities and retiree learning programmes around Toronto. He is a musicologist, specializing in the history of popular music. Mike has also toured the U.S. and Canada as a musician with Jeff Healey, the Travellers and others, and has appeared on dozens of recordings as a guitarist and singer.