The Concert Flyers That Fed Toronto's Nightlife
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The Concert Flyers That Fed Toronto’s Nightlife

A look at the graphic ads that herded the city's bass worshippers into area venues in the '80s, '90s, and early '00s.

Virgos enter free! Back of the flyer for an event at the now-defunct Joker Club, whose site is soon to be the home of the new Picasso Condos development.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, in the days before high-speed internet—you know, the 1990s—people found out about local nightlife events from eye-catchingly designed flyers papered in and around the city’s now largely relocated club district. A new local Instagram account, The Flyer Vault, offers a “trip down memory lane,” with flyers dating to the late 1980s, heralding must-see musical events from across the eras. We look at some of our favourite flyers, and ponder what their corresponding nightclubs have become.

Widely considered the godfather of house music, the Frankie Knuckles played Toronto’s long-gone Industry nightclub back before the site at 901 King Street West housed its current mixed office and retail building, which includes the East Liberty Medical Clinic.

Before it was the home of MTV Canada, and definitely before its current incarnation as home base for Info-Tech Research Group, the old Masonic Temple building at 888 Yonge was a concert hall that featured the likes of Big Daddy Kane a young Maestro Fresh Wes.

Toronto recently lost the Guvernment, but not before hosting the after party for Jay-Z’s Hard Knock Life tour, back while Beyonce was still busy refining her Supremes-esque choreography with Destiny’s Child.

This 2000 Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna show at The Opera House wound up getting cancelled.

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