SECOND MUSIC MURAL OVER DOWNTOWN YONGE
August 17, 2017 @ McGill Parkette, Toronto
A little under a year ago, a crowd gathered at Granby Parkette for the unveiling of a towering fresco commemorating the musical legacy of 1950’s and ‘60s Toronto.
This past week, artist Adrian Hayles returned to the launch of his second accompanying mural, which will cover the entire south face of the Toronto Community Housing building at 423 Yonge Street. The mural complements the north wall, adding legendary musicians from the 1970’s and ‘80s including Rush, GODDO, and Kim Mitchell. The rendering also incorporates historic markers from the past, including classic haunts like the Derby Tavern, Gasworks, and A&A records.
The mural, which is supported StreetARToronto (StART), acts as a graffiti deterrent while paying homage to the legacy of Yonge Street. Toronto is an ever-changing city with neighbourhoods in constant flux. These murals remind Torontonians of our rich musical while adding vibrancy to the city streets. These visuals keep us conscious of our history while giving locals, commuters, and tourists alike something to admire.
Adrian Hayles expects to complete the 70-meter mural in around three months.
Toronto music icons (top to bottom):
John and Lee from the Checkmates