Any Night of the Week: A D.I.Y. History of Toronto Music, 1957-2001 by Jonny Dovercourt
8vo. pp. 317. black & white illustrations. bibliography. wrs. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2020.
ISBN-10: 1552453960 / ISBN-13: 9781552453964
The story of how Toronto became a music mecca
From Yonge Street to Yorkville to Queen West to College, the neighbourhoods that housed Toronto''s music scenes. Featuring Syrinx, Rough Trade, Martha and the Muffins, Fifth Column, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Rheostatics, Ghetto Concept, LAL, Broken Social Scene, and more!
"Jonny Dovercourt, a tireless force in Toronto''s music scene, offersthe widest-ranging view out there on how an Anglo-Saxon backwater terrified of people going to bars on Sundays transforms itself into a multicultural metropolis that raises up more than its share of beloved artists, from indie to hip-hop to the unclassifiable. His unique approach is to zoom in on the rooms where it''s happened - the live venues that come and too frequently go - as well as on the people who''ve devoted their lives and labours to collective creativity in a city that sometimes seems like it''d rather stick to banking. For locals, fans, and urban arts denizens anywhere, the essential Any Night of the Week is full of inspiration, discoveries, and cautionary tales." -Carl Wilson, Slate music critic and author of Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, one of Billboard's '100 Greatest Music Books of All Time'