New book ‘The Flyer Vault’ documents 150 years of Toronto concert history

Featuring concert flyers, posters, and a map of Toronto's old and new concert venues

A new book by Daniel Tate and Rob Bowman called The Flyer Vault: 150 Years of Toronto Concert History will document dozens of flyers and concert stories spanning 150 years.

“It gives people of any age group a sense of how rich and vibrant this city’s cultural life always has been,” Bowman explains, according to CBC. “We’re incredibly lucky musically and apparently have been since 1840.”

Tate thought of sharing old concert flyers when he rediscovered a box in his parent’s home back in 2015, which stashed over 3,000 music flyers and posters he had collected in the 1990s and 2000s. He then started scanning the flyers, which he collected while working with R&B and hip hop promoter R.E.M.G., and then uploading them to an Instagram account called @theflyervault.

Soon after, Tate and Bowman met up for a meeting to inquire about funk artist George Clinton’s life in Toronto, when they came up with the idea of a book that chronicles Toronto’s concert history. Now, The Flyer Vault: 150 Years of Toronto Concert History offers up a collection of flyers, posters, and a map of old and current music venues in the city.

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? Story time: A few weeks after handing in our final manuscript, I was strolling along Queen West minding my business when I passed by an art store and saw that famous Toronto neighborhood word map (you know which one I’m talking about). After a quick “by-myself” meeting, it occurred to me that it would be neat to do something similar for music venues. Eureka! I called up my trusted co-author and advisor @robbowmanmusic and he thought it was a great idea too. I did some online sleuthing and through a @blogto article found myself lost in @dave__murray 's amazing online portfolio. He’s done several word maps amongst other superb design projects. I cold-emailed him, and was able to get him on board to produce this stunning venue word map that greets readers at the beginning of our book. We went through infinite iterations and revisions, and God knows we missed many, but it’s still a fascinating representation of Toronto’s vibrant collection of current and foregone dens of music. From churches to mason halls, restaurants to lounges, and grand opera houses to amphitheaters, this map helps tell the story of how people experienced live music in its myriad forms across this vast city. Go check out to see more of his work ???

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