Oscar Peterson anchors this 22 story high mural in downtown Toronto.
This mural features the entertainers (Canadian & American) and the venues that were popular in Toronto’s yester-years.
It was impossible for me to capture images that are 22 stories high, but I made a stab at it. To the left, and above Oscar, we have B.B. King, who played a lot at The Colonial (a long gone fave spot for blues and jazz)
Shirley Matthews, an Ontario Performer, was a popular fixture at Club Bluenote.
Gordon Lightfoot was playing at Steeles Tavern when America discovered him. He moved on to Toronto’s prestigious Massey Hall after that!
By the 11th -12th story, Muddy Waters is looking somewhat muddy.
Jackie Shane, American in hiding for many years, has made a comeback to Toronto. We welcome her!
Above her is Dianne Brooks, Glenn Gould and Ronnie Hawkins. Besides my camera not having a telescopic lens, there were bare tree branches. By the blurry top, it was all branches.
Pics take by Resa – November 18 2017
The Artist: Adrian Hayles
Here is Adrian Hayles’ artist rendering, before the fact.
Here’s the best of my far away captures. Pfft! Hey, there’s a side 2! That’s the next post!
43 thoughts on “Vintage Toronto Music Scene”
I absolutely love well done street art. Thank you so much for sharing
I love it, too! TY!
Wow; wonderful art, Resa; and your narrative and photography tender and ‘real’… 🙂
Thanks Carolyn! It was an interesting challenge to shoot it and then the research was important , as well! 😀 xoxoxo
Wow … and 22 stories!!!! Simply fabulous, I love, love, love this one. Great details on the faces with color.
It is quite fabulous. Too, bad I didn’t have a better camera!
This is great. They look life like.
I agree. I wish I would have had a better camera, but then it’s not every day youfind a 22 story high mural! LOL!
You did great with what you had.
Thanks….. I really do try.
Cripes, look at the size of it on that huge building. I’m always impressed they manage to get up there to do that. Heights? No thank you.
Yeah, they use crane and scissor lifts. Perhaps Mr. Wapojif can invent a device for painting murals up high? I’m sure it would be a superior product!
Erm, a paintball gun? Problem solved.
So, PM has a paintball gun that can project paint accurately at 22 stories? Amazing!!!
Alright, lady, don’t patronise me! A few tweaks here and there and it’d reach 22 stories. A bazooka paintball gun etc. Anything is possible!
Brilliant! A bazooka paintball gun could do the trick!
What do you mean don’t patronize? I patronize you constantly. It makes all worthwhile!
Patronise… with a z? What is this sorcery?
How awesome ! 22 stories of these amazing blues artists and you caught them perfectly. You are awesome. I love Muddy, B.B. , G.L. , I love them all and this artist work is mind blowing! Thanks Resa, another unbelievable capture. ♥️♥️
I’m so hAPpy to see your comment. OkAY, I haD a feW glassES of winE, but Why is that EFFin fLy on mY haND,
Okay, I’m not fooling around any more, but that fly is creeping me out!
Flies? Eee’ That’s never a good sign. I keep a fly swatter hanging from a belt hook, don’t Pooh Pooh it , it comes in handy.
No pooh poohing here. One should always wear a bat belt! Nothing deadlier than a swatter, eh?
Lolol! Esp if your aim is good.
Great 🌟⭐️🌟🌟⭐️ And… amazing photo shoots… those branches surrounding the mural: I absolutely love that one. Love and best wishes, dear Re 😘
It was quite the thing to capture! 😀 5 stars…. awesome! I like the branches, too! I thought it was arty. When I can’t take a sharp shot, I go for a story shot. 😀 Sending love & hugs dear Aq! ❤
What a wonderful piece of street art. Huge and beautiful.
I love it, but there was no way my camera could reach the top. I did better on side 2, but there were no branches. 😀
Brilliant post and tribute to music. 22 stories high, just side 1 so far… wow!! Thanks again for posting up more stunning art 🙂
So glad you like it! It took me forever to put the 2 posts into a sensible order, I was somewhat daunted. Yet, it’s working out! 😀
I must agree with you here! 😀 xo
It always makes me wonder how such a mural is done, planning it is probably easy on paper but getting up there, judging size and not having a perspective up so close. It makes the work all the more impressive.
The artists use giant cranes to get up high and paint. How they maintain proportion is beyond me!
The sheer scale of it is staggering.
Agree! My camera couldn’t focus at 22 stories high!
You did well though your neck muscles must have rioted.
What a fun mural! I can almost hear the music… 🙂
There’s another side, but I’m so busy that I’ll have to post something shorter. Did you re-shoot the dragon?
I did, though it’s on my boyfriend’s camera and it’ll be a while before he downloads all his photos. But I’m so glad I captured it. It’s really cute!
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