There’s a new virtual tour of Toronto’s legendary Yonge Street music venues

If you’ve ever been to London or New York, you may have taken a walking tour of some of the city’s musical landmarks. (If you haven’t, I highly recommend doing so once this COVID-19 business goes away.)

There’s now a virtual sort of tour of Toronto called Music Memories of Yonge. At one point, a stretch of Yonge Street was the most happening part of the city with a long string of music venues featuring genres of all sorts . This includes the Colonial Tavern, Brown Derby, Piccadilly Tube, Club Bluenote, Massey Hall, Maple Leaf Gardens, Eton Auditorium (now The Carlu), and more. Resources for the tour come from Nicholas Jennings, a guy who led walking tours when we didn’t have a plague in our midst.

Click here to gets started. Choose a venue type and musical genre and you’re off.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

2 thoughts on “There’s a new virtual tour of Toronto’s legendary Yonge Street music venues

  • June 13, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Hi Alan,
    In regard to the article about Yonge Street music venues, I’m surprised that The Masonic Temple and The Copa (slightly off Yonge)were not included…those venues hold many memories of seeing great bands.
    Your blog continues to entertain and delight me with memories of the past and current day!
    Mike in Crescent Beach BC

  • June 24, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    What’s with the bouncing screen info on the virtual tour of Yonge St music scene. It’s annoying and hard to read the info, otherwise a great source of history


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