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Instagram feed tracks historic first concerts in Toronto

The Flyer Vault is a repository of Toronto concert posters that tracks the history of live music in this city. When last we wrote about it, the Instagram account already boasted an impressive collection of flyers spanning a diverse array of genres from the 1980s through to the mid 2000s.

Fast forward half a year and site curator Daniel Tate has been hard at work to upload hundreds of additional flyers from his collection. In so doing, he's noted a number of Toronto "firsts" that he was kind enough to share with us. It's quite a ride through the history of popular music to check out the poster from, say, Moby's first show in Toronto all the way back in November 1993.

Other notable first/early Toronto shows that Tate has tracked include the humble beginnings of superstars like Destiny's Child, Notorious BIG, Rhianna, Daft Punk, Nas, Deadmau5, and Kanye West. Over and above the star power, these flyers are also fascinating for the lost venues that they recall, places like the Apollo, The Concert Hall, and Footwork.

Take a trip down the rabbit hole of Toronto music history with this selection of first/early Toronto shows from some of the industry's biggest names.

cypress hill

Cypress Hill - CNE Dec. 9, 1993

cypress hill

Moby - Opera House, Nov. 4, 1992

the roots

The Roots - March 23, 1995

kanye west

Kanye West (and others) - Polson Pier, Aug. 13, 2005

destinys child

Boyz II Men, Destiny's Child, Mya & Next - Molson Ampitheatre, July 7, 1998

deadmau5

Deadmau5 - Footwork, June 23, 2007

green day

Green Day - Opera House, March 24, 1994

nortorious big

Notorious BIG - The Apollo, Jan. 31, 1995

queen latifa

Queen Latifa - The Concert Hall, May 19, 1990

This is but a small sample of the remarkable archives at the Flyer Vault. Check out way more at on Instagram.


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