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Yonge Street's INCREDIBLE Music History

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Experience hosted by Mark

2 hours
Includes drinks, tickets, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Toronto's Yonge St has been described as a musical/theatre mecca equal or better than Times Square or Hollywood Blvd. From Jazz and Motown to Hip Hop. Rock+Roll and Metal to Alternative. This tour will visit a TON of sites of pop culture significance in Toronto and the world.

We meet at "Toronto's Crossroads" Yonge and Bloor. Then proceed south on Yonge St stopping at a minimum 10 historic spots. As well as others I will point out.

You will see...

Site of the CAA Theatre (formerly New Yorker) where The Ramones launched Toronto's Punk movement in 1976.

Former site of The Gasworks. Made famous by the movie Wayne's World.

St Charles Tavern clock tower where Toronto's LGBQ Pride movement was launched.

We examine 2 huge 22 story murals depicting Toronto's musical history.

You'll learn how, where and when The Beatles met the REAL Sgt Pepper. (Hint... it was in Toronto)

Yonge and Dundas. GROUND ZERO for Toronto's music scene and site of "The most decisive event in Rock and Roll history" according to Time Mag.

Friar's Music Museum. (COVID dependent)

Examining the historic Massey Hall.

Scene of the most shocking crime in Toronto's history. One that changed the music and cultural landscape of Yonge St forever.

Ending at the corner of Yonge and Queen. Where in the 50s CHUM Radio put on a promotion that brought all of downtown to a standstill.

And MUCH more.
Toronto's Yonge St has been described as a musical/theatre mecca equal or better than Times Square or Hollywood Blvd. From Jazz and Motown to Hip Hop. Rock+Roll and Metal to Alternative. This tour will visit a TON of sites of pop culture significance in Toronto and the world.

We meet at "Toronto's Crossroads" Yonge and Bloor. Then proceed south on Yonge St stopping at a minimum 10 historic spots. As well as others I will point out…

Mark's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

What's included

  • Drinks
    I will have water, hand sanitizer and sunscreen available.
  • Tickets
    Admission to the Friars Music Museum included if available. COVID-19 may ch...
  • Equipment
    20 page booklet describing the different stops on the tour. Also for the gu...
From £13
/ person
Sat, 8 Aug
10:00 - 12:00
£13 per person
£13 per person

Meet your host, Mark

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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AKA "Your Toronto GURU!" Born in Toronto and raised on the Yonge St Strip. I'm the author of "Just The Same Kid I Used To Be..." A story of a young man who grew up on the streets of the city. (With TONS of insight on the Toronto of the 80s and 90s) I'm a local expert who's "lived it" and "learned it". I've read dozens of books on the cultural or musical history of the city of Toronto and spent countless hours touring the streets in my youth. When I was 19yrs old I began offering tours of the city to family that would visit and it turned into a loose small business that I have run on and off over almost 30yrs. Toronto is the most culturally diverse city in the world. Home to people from 150 countries speaking over 200 languages and I'm proud to be able to offer visitors to Toronto an inside look at one of my favourite parts of the city.
AKA "Your Toronto GURU!" Born in Toronto and raised on the Yonge St Strip. I'm the author of "Just The Same Kid I Used To Be..." A story of a young man who grew up on the streets of the city. (With TONS of insight on the Toronto of the 80s and 90s) I'm a local expert who's "lived it" and "learned it". I've read dozens of books on the cultural or musical history of the city of Toronto and spent countless hours touring the streets in my youth. When I was 19yrs old I began offering tours of the cit…
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Where you'll be

We meet at Yonge and Bloor and will begin walking south eventually finishing the tour at Yonge and Queen. Total distance is 2km and the total time approx 2 hrs.
Yonge St is a busy downtown Main St with lots of places to grab a quick refreshment. We also finish the tour at Yonge and Queen which is a short walk from tons of popular Toronto attractions such as City Hall, Eaton Centre and the Hockey Hall of Fame. As well as the Yonge Subway.

Choose from available dates

1 available
  • Sat, 8 Aug
    10:00 - 12:00
    £13 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

There will be opportunities to stop for refreshments. The tour ends at Yonge and Queen which is a short walk from MANY other important Toronto landmarks like City Hall, The Eaton Centre and the Hockey Hall of Fame. I always stick around after for questions or to recommend other places to visit.

What to bring

Encouraged to bring a camera and pen to take notes if they like.

Comfortable walking shoes.