History of Bathurst St. Sounds: Presented in association with The music gallery, a different booklist and Myseum of Toronto

Sunday, March 24, 2019


The Music Gallery, A Different Booklist and 918 Bathurst Present:
Music Gallery History Series: History of Bathurst St. Sounds
in partnership with Myseum of Toronto

Launch & Panel Discussion: March 24, 2PM at a Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst St. Parade to follow to 918 Bathurst St.
FREE with registration (see ticketing link)

Archive Exhibition: March 24-30, at A Different Booklist and 918 Bathurst St. Sun Room, hours 10AM-5PM.

For our first edition of this year’s History Series, we keep it hyperlocal in teaming up with 918 Bathurst and our Bathurst St. neighbours A Different Booklist to survey a History of Bathurst Street Sounds.

Bathurst Street in and around the Annex has never received much regard as a music street in this city’s cultural history. In partnership with Myseum of Toronto’s Intersections programming in March, we explore a wealth of musical heritage from venues (Lee’s Palace, the Trane Studio, the Randolph (aka Bathurst St.) Theatre) to shops (Honest Ed’s and Sonic Boom record shops, and Third World Books/Too Black Guys—an early meeting place for hip hop heads in Toronto) and the musical personalities who animate the neighbourhood. The prominent West Indian community historically located on Bathurst St. around Bloor (so vividly chronicled in the photo exhibition Welcome To Blackhurst Street) will be a central focus of this session.

With a panel discussion, archive exhibition and a parade (yes, in March!) we shed new light on an perennially bustling neighbourhood.

If you have Bathurst St. music archives – posters, pictures, etc. – we want to hear from you! Contact david@musicgallery.org with details

Panel discussion hosted by Nana Aba Duncan (CBC) featuring Norman Otis Richmond, Amy Hersenhoren, Frank Francis, and Daniel Roach.

Project researcher: Dalton Higgins.

photo by Kathy Grant