02.08.2005 in Current News Bookmark and Share

New virtual exhibit recalls Yorkville of the '60s

Yorkville 60s coupleIf you can remember the '60s.... you're older than you'd like to admit. But among other things, it was a time when what is now an upscale shopping district was the rundown focal point for youth, student militancy and rock and roll.

The folks at York Libraries’ Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections remember it well, thanks to their stash of photographs and materials from the Toronto Telegram fonds that document Toronto’s Yorkville district in the 1960s - before it became gentrified.

Left: Yorkville, 1968 (York University, Clara Thomas Archives, Toronto Telegram fonds, ASC Image 639)

The spirit of Yorkville is captured in a new virtual exhibition called "I Heard a Story About Yorkville" featuring selected photographs from the Toronto Telegram fonds and through stories shared by Nicholas Jennings, author of Before the Gold Rush: Flashbacks to the Dawn of Canadian Sound. The exhibit features photos of musicians Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and others, as well as some great photos of the Yorkville scene and a discussion of attempts by the "city fathers" to clear the hippies out. For a virtual flashback, start here.

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