Yonge Street Music Mural in Toronto, Canada

During the 1950s and 1960s, Yonge Street was alive with rock and roll, jazz, R&B and country western. Many young upstarts who would later become famous (like Bob Dylan and Conway Twitty) mixed with the already famous (like Dizzy Gillespie and Muddy Waters) in an always hopping, sometimes gritty nightlife scene in several clubs. Two enormous murals (over 200 feet in height) at 423 Yonge Street pay tribute to these artists. This first painting by Adrian Hayles in 2016 features nine music icons. This detail shows Shirley Matthews (Canadian pop singer), B.B. King (southern blues singer and songwriter), Gordon Lightfoot (Canadian folk-rock) and Oscar Peterson (Canadian jazz pianist). The second mural created in 2017 portrays 20 additional musicians.

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423 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H4, Canada

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