While City Hall carries on being No Fun Toronto while blindly aspiring to emulate Austin or whatever, Toronto's grassroots music community carries on independently. One example is an upcoming project that emulates Art Kane's iconic photograph A Great Day in Harlem , featuring 57 jazz musicians posing on the steps of a New York brownstone.
On August 23rd at a yet to be disclosed location, each and every member of Toronto's vast music community is invited to take part in a huge family photo titled Class of 2015. No family is without dysfunction and it won't be a shock if some musicians resolutely stand a few bodies apart, but even to cynics, the community and historically driven concept should induce the warm fuzzies.
People Put Out Productions' Joel French is calling for Toronto's "artists, producers, engineers, promoters, contributors, etc" to attend a Facebook event for the photoshoot and spread the word far and wide before August.
There will, of course, be Facebook-tagging post photoshoot, and more ambitiously there's chatter online about a Canada-wide photo book. Just a thought - a framed glossy print that commemorates the details of the diverse faces that make Toronto one of the world's best cities for music might serve to remind the Music City office where their interests need to lie.
Will you fight for the right to stand next to Doom Tickler in the Toronto Class of 2015 photo?* Let us know in the comments.
*The correct answer is no, I will be standing on both sides of Doom Tickler.
Photo by Art Kane
by Aubrey Jax via blogTO