Toronto's DIY Music History to Be Explored in New Book

'Any Night of the Week' is "part civic history and part memoir"
Toronto's DIY Music History to Be Explored in New Book
Ahead of celebrating 20 years of scene-building later this month, Wavelength Music co-founder and artistic director Jonny Dovercourt has revealed plans to reflect on Toronto's DIY music history in a new book.

With Any Night of the Week: A DIY History of Toronto Music 1957-2001, Dovercourt will tell "the story of Toronto's massive influence on popular music, from an indie/DIY community-based perspective."

The book is set to arrive March 17 through Coach House Books. An abstract for the "part civic history and part memoir" reads as follows:

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 sixties, 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.

You can find Any Night of the Week's full cover below, and can pre-order the book here.

A launch party for the tome has been set for March 24 at the Horseshoe Tavern, which will feature live music in addition to a conversation between Dovercourt and writer/editor Sarah Liss.

Wavelength's Winter Festival is set to run from February 13 to 16 across multiple venues in Toronto. Find complete festival details here.