Toronto’s Friars Music Museum officially opens on site of legendary venues

Toronto’s celebrated music history is now on permanent display in the Shoppers Drug Mart south of Yonge-Dundas Square – a legendary building that housed the Hard Rock Cafe and famed nightclubs The Friars and The Nickelodeon.

Spearheaded by the Downtown Yonge BIA, the 2nd floor exhibit officially opened this week as The Friars Music Museum. It features instruments and other musical artifacts, along with photos, videos and stories from the many music icons who performed on Yonge St. stages.

“Yonge Street has been a music mecca for generations, and we are thrilled to be keeping that spirit
alive,” says Mark Garner, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge BIA.
“As this area continues to evolve, we are creating direct links between past and present as we look
forward to a bright future.” Working with Shoppers Drug Mart to support The Friars Museum is part of the Downtown Yonge BIA’s Music Strategy, an ambitious, multi-pronged plan to promote the ongoing importance of music in the area.

“Music is obviously a big part of our past, but Downtown Yonge’s musical presence is not just historical there are currently more than a dozen live performance venues in the Downtown Yonge area,” Garner
says.

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