The Flyer Vault

Overview

A visual tour-de-force showcasing Toronto’s vast concert history.

Drawing from The Flyer Vault, an extensive collection of flyers and concert advertisements, Daniel Tate and Rob Bowman have assembled a beautifully illustrated showcase of Toronto concert and club life, covering the gamut of genres — from vaudeville to rock, jazz to hip-hop, blues to electronica, and punk to country.

The Flyer Vault: 150 Years of Toronto Concert History traces seminal events in Toronto’s concert history, such as Frank Sinatra’s debut at a long-lost hockey arena, James Brown’s first show at an Etobicoke roller-rink, Led Zeppelin selling out the Rockpile, and the Notorious B.I.G.’s only Toronto show, in a basement cafeteria.

Complementing the book’s stunning visuals is a series of essays that tell the story of legendary venues such as Massey Hall, the Horseshoe Tavern, and the El Mocambo, alongside lesser-known but equally important theatres such as Shea’s and the Casino Club.

About the Authors

Daniel Tate

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 18, 2018
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Daniel Tate

Daniel Tate worked in the concert industry for several years before starting The Flyer Vault project in 2015. His efforts to chronicle Toronto’s live music history have been featured in the Globe and Mail, NOW, Vice, and on blogTO. He resides in Toronto.

Rob Bowman

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 18, 2018
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Rob Bowman

Rob Bowman is a Grammy-winner and a professor of music at York University who has been writing about music for more than forty years. His book Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013. He lives in Toronto.