Gemini (Winner) - Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series
Gemini (Nominated) - Best Visual Research
U.S. International Film and Video Festival (Winner) - Silver Screen
YONGE STREET - Toronto Rock & Roll Stories tells the untold tales of those first steps, with performers revealing, in their own words, their struggles trying to make the scene on Yonge Street, from Rock & Roll's dodgy beginnings in the late 1950s through to 1975, when strip clubs took over Yonge Street and dropped the curtain on this most exciting era of the city's musical and social history.
Full of colourful anecdotes and previously unseen and unheard archival material, the 3 x 1 hour series features illuminating, entertaining reminiscences by many of the musicians and performers who were there when it all went down. We share in the stories related by Robbie Robertson (The Band), Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins, Cathy Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Sylvia Fricker (Tyson), John Kay (Steppenwolf), David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Daniel Lanois, Skip Prokup (Lighthouse).
The series captures all the flavour, excitement, and energy of the period when "the Devil's music" stormed white bread Toronto, and Yonge Street became the essential destination for musicians, singers and music fans not only in Toronto but across Canada and beyond. YONGE STREET - Toronto Rock & Roll Stories is a love story about a street, a city, and the Toronto sound - a sound that predates the 1957 night Elvis stormed Maple Leaf Gardens. The stories of YONGE STREET - Toronto Rock & Roll are still reverberating and ricocheting around the world.