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 are 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

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Daniel Tate

Daniel Tate started The Flyer Vault on Instagram in 2015 after rediscovering thousands of flyers he had collected over the years. He lives in Toronto.

Rob Bowman

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Rob Bowman

Rob Bowman is a professor of music at York University who has been writing about music for over 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.