Any Night of the Week
Toronto International Festival of Authors
Based on Any Night of the Week: A D.I.Y. History of Toronto Music 1957-2001 (Coach House Books, 2020), this 5-episode podcast takes the listener on a virtual walking tour through Toronto’s most musical neighbourhoods, with stops at key sites in Toronto’s music history. Author Jonny Dovercourt illuminates how the various hotbeds of the music scene migrated through different neighbourhoods throughout the city, as clusters of music venues, sometimes along a single street, fostered new scenes and movements. From rock’n’roll and R&B on Yonge Street to folk and jazz in Yorkville; from reggae to punk, hip-hop, indie, and electronica along Queen Street West, the diverse sounds of the city brought its streets to life long before Covid-19 brought them to a standstill. Any Night of the Week shows that the music scene’s resilience is cause for hope for its survival.