Yonge Street:
The Heart of Music City

Black and white image of one side of Yonge Street. Sam the Record Man and A&A Record Stores are visible. There is a huge line up of people taking up the entire side walk. The Vinyl Musuem and a falafel restaurant are also visible.

For decades, Yonge Street was the place to hear ground-breaking artists and trend-setting genres. Toronto grew into a music city with Yonge Street's bars and venues at it's heart.

Discover Yonge Street's place in Canadian music history!

Explore the map below from the comfort of your home or take it with you on a walk down Yonge Street to learn about the venues, musicians, and moments that made Toronto’s music scene from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The shift of our 2020 tour season to a digital platform was made possible by the generous support of our Tours Program Presenting Sponsor, TD Bank and The Ready Commitment.

This online tour was developed as part of the Emerging Historians program in partnership with the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area.

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If you're exploring on a mobile device, please abide by all traffic and safety rules. Only look at your device when you are standing stationary in a safe location!

We are facing a real challenge as the pandemic threatens corporate and government funding and we are unable to host walking tours, the largest source of our in-person donations.
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