Rock and roll and R&B on Yonge and in Yorkville, 1965-1968

Thursday, Nov 11, 2021

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lecture by:
Dr. Mike Daley

Many of the Yorkville coffee houses would transform into rock and roll and R&B venues in 1965-66. A new generation of bands, many of them influenced by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and other British Invasion groups, would pack these small unlicensed clubs. On weekend nights, the Village was full of young people, motorcycle gangs and police. Jack London and the Sparrows, the British Modbeats and Lords of London played Brit-influenced rock, while Jon and Lee and the Checkmates as well as Luke and the Apostles played the Purple Onion and the Devil’s Den on Avenue Road. The Mynah Birds included future stars Rick James and Neil Young. Go-go dancers were a regular accompaniment to the bands, especially in Yonge Street clubs like the Friars. The Mandala, with their spectacular presentation and high-intensity psychedelic soul style, made a big impression that still resonates today.

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.