Writer, Researcher, Arts Presenter, Co-Founder of Wavelength Music
Author of Any Night of the Week: A DIY History of Toronto Music 1957-2001 (to be published by Coach House Books in March 2020)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A 20+ year veteran of the Toronto music community, Jonny Dovercourt (née Jonathan Bunce) has been praised everywhere from City Hall to the New York Times for his contributions to the arts and culture in this city. Co-founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed non-profit organization and concert/festival series Wavelength Music, Jonny has also run the long-running concert space the Music Gallery, and written and edited for Coach House Books, Eye Weekly, the Huffington Post, NOW Magazine, MusicWorks, Exclaim and CBCMusic.ca. As a musician, he has performed as part of a dozen different ensembles and performed across North America and in Europe.
ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK: A DIY HISTORY OF TORONTO MUSIC 1957-2001
March 24, 2020
Four years in the making, my first book will be published by Coach House Books in March 2020!
“The impact of Toronto music is written into the city’s streets, its airwaves, and our consciousness. The city’s most successful musical artist of all time, Drake, was able to rename the town. The ‘6ix God’ was the first artist to create an identity around the city’s mythology, and export that into multinational success. That’s a big change from the icons of the sixties, who all had to flee the city and jump the U.S. border to make it big. This book is not their story. This is the story of those that didn’t ‘make it’ by the conventional music business definition of success. Instead, they collectively made something much more valuable: they built a community. This is the story of how Toronto did it ourselves.”
Part civic history and part memoir from this veteran scene-builder and co-founder of the acclaimed Wavelength concert series, Any Night of the Week charts the evolution of Toronto’s diverse independent music scene in the latter half of the nineteenth century. From the Yorkville and Yonge Street scenes that spawned Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and The Band in the sixties,
through to the hip-hop, indie rock, and electronica-laden nineties, which spawned acts like Broken Social Scene, Michie Mee, and Peaches, Dovercourt tells the story of how key venues, neighbourhoods, artists, and promoters laid the groundwork for this provincial outpost to grow into a music mecca. Unjustly forgotten or overlooked innovators, such as Syrinx, Martha & the
Muffins, Fifth Column, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Phleg Camp, King Cobb Steelie, and Do Make Say Think are finally given the chance to tell their story in print.