28 Months Later…. finally time to celebrate the RELAUNCH of Any Night of the Week: A DIY History of Toronto Music 1957-2001 by Jonny Dovercourt!!
Overshadowed by larger events in the world in March 2020, the original in-person launch party for Jonny Dovercourt’s Toronto music history book Any Night of the Week never got to take place. This relaunch party reassembles most of the lineup planned for March 24, 2020 at the Horseshoe and postponed due to the pandemic. Despite the impossibility of in-person promotion, the book nevertheless connected with an enthusiastic audience, received some critical kudos, and was adapted as a podcast – and accompanying poster maps – at the invitation of the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
This celebration of the resilience of the local music scene will feature contributions by many of the artists profiled in the book – kicking off with a DJ set by Don Pyle (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Fifth Column), followed by a conversation between Dovercourt and fellow scribe Michael Barclay (author of the recently released Hearts on Fire: Six Years That Changed Canadian Music 2000-2005), and winding up with performances by post-punk quintet Psychic Weapons (members of Parts Unknown, Mean Red Spiders, Helens; replacing King Cobb Steelie, whose percussionist Michael Armstrong sadly passed away recently) and avant-jazz party band GUH.
About the book:
The story of Toronto’s massive influence on popular music, from an indie/DIY community-based perspective. Part civic history and part memoir from this veteran scene-builder and founder of the acclaimed Wavelength concert series, Any Night of the Week charts the evolution of Toronto’s diverse independent music scene in the latter half of the 20th century. From the Yorkville and Yonge Street scenes that spawned Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and The Band in the ’60s, through to the hip-hop, indie rock, and electronica-laden nineties, with acts like Broken Social Scene, Maestro Fresh-Wes, and Peaches, Dovercourt tells the story of how key venues, neighbourhoods, artists and promoters laid the groundwork for this provincial outpost to grow into a music mecca.
Co-presented by: Coach House Books & Wavelength
Type of event: Book (re-)launch party
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Time: Doors at 7 pm EST
Cost: C$10 without book, C$30 with book (+ $2.50 facility fee + service charges + HST). Horseshoe Tavern will honour tickets originally purchased in 2020.
Age limit: 19+
Location: Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2
Booking link: Get tickets
Contact Details: Wavelength Music