The Secret History of Toronto Venues: Adelaide Hall

Frequent contributor Juliette Jagger filed this one for Vice’s Noisey.

Musically speaking, Toronto has a rich and sorted past. With the Yonge Street and Yorkville scenes of the 1960’s having been a mecca for rock and roll, only in this city could Neil Young and Rick James have played in the same band. In the 1980’s we championed a rising genre out of New York called hip-hop while in the 90s we harboured a bustling underground electronic scene that found its footing in rave culture. With the recent surge of interest in EDM, we’re now playing host to some of the most successful mainstream electronic festivals in all of North America.

So, with this in mind, we at Noisey have decided to dig through the archives of our city’s musical past to uncover the secret history of some of Toronto’s greatest venues. First up, Adelaide Hall.

Although the concert venue officially opened its doors less than a year ago in 2013, the structure that houses Adelaide Hall, which is now located at 250 Adelaide Street West, has served a few significant musical functions over the years.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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