What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

Yonge and Dundas Square/Then and Now

yonge+dundasThe east side of Yonge just south of Dundas Square in the late 1930’s. Childs was a popular restaurant chain at the time with four locations in the downtown core. They were in business form 1919-1963, founded by William and Samuel Childs.


1239088_551365278266794_1508483977_oIn the 60’s and 70’s it was the Friars Tavern.

Nicholas Jennings writes:

“In 1965, Bob Dylan’s world was a-changing. He’d already recorded his electric masterpiece “Like a Rolling Stone” and performed his plugged-in set at the Newport Folk Festival. But he needed his own backup band. Enter Mary Martin, a Toronto woman who was working for Dylan’s manager in New York. At Martin’s urging, Dylan flew to Toronto on September 15 to check out her favourites, Levon and the Hawks, at the Friar’s.

He first heard them play on the morning of September 16 and for the next two nights, Dylan and the group rehearsed after hours and forged a thrilling, hard-edged sound. After touring the world with Dylan, and making a return appearance at Toronto’s Massey Hall in November, Levon and the Hawks relocated to Woodstock, New York, and became famous as The Band. With Dylan, they went on to generate bestselling albums and a sold-out North American tour in 1974 that included two nights at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. But their fruitful partnership had begun at Friar’s Tavern, an event that Time magazine declared “the most decisive moment in rock history.”


dbawis-nickelodeonA later incarnation when it was the Nickleodeon in the 80’s.

Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 10.47.41 AMAnd now the hard Rock Cafe.

Below another view.

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