Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s
Published: April 2011© 2011
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 384 Pages
Illustrations: 12 photos; 2 maps
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
384 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.03 in, 12 photos; 2 maps
Making the Scene is a history of 1960s Yorkville, Toronto's countercultural mecca. It narrates the hip Village's development from its early coffee house days, when folksingers such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell flocked to the scene, to its tumultuous, drug-fuelled final months. A flashpoint for hip youth, politicians, parents, and journalists alike, Yorkville was also a battleground over identity, territory, and power. Stuart Henderson explores how this neighbourhood came to be regarded as an alternative space both as a geographic area and as a symbol of hip Toronto in the cultural imagination.
Through recently unearthed documents and underground press coverage, Henderson pays special attention to voices that typically aren't heard in the story of Yorkville - including those of women, working class youth, business owners, and municipal authorities. Through a local history, Making the Scene offers new, exciting ways to think about the phenomenon of counterculture and urban manifestations of a hip identity as they have emerged in cities across North America and beyond.
PART ONE: Setting the Scene, to 1963
- Remaking the Scene
- Getting to Yorkville
PART TWO : Performing Yorkville, 1964-66
- Riots, Religion, & Rock'n'Roll
- Are You Here To Watch Me Perform?
PART THREE : Under Yorkville's Spell, 1967
- Village Politics and the "Summer of Love"
- Authenticity among the Fleurs du Mal
PART FOUR: Hold it, It's Gone, 1968-70
- Social Missions in the Teen-Age Jungle
- Toronto's Hippie Disease
PART FIVE: Conclusion
- An Immense Accumulation of Spectacles
Where They Landed
'Making the Scene is a crackling good read... Henderson brings historian's eye for detail to the proceedings and also a socio-anthropologist's penchant for primary research, making Making the Scene a compelling and stimulating read... A detached, non-sentimental and objective account of Canada's most lively countercultures and the impact that resonates to this day.' Zachary Houle, Popmatters: July 12, 2011
Brilliantly conceived and engaging, Stuart Henderson's Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s, argues that counterculture is performed by actors "within", not outside, of the cultural process...This book is a masterful piece about an important episode in Canadian youth culture and ideological history. CHA Clio Prize Committee
‘Making the Scene presents a rich variety of contemporary and retrospective depictions woven together with more general ruminations upon the nature of the place, performance, and projection onto the screen of wider popular culture that was, at the time, Canada’s preeminent “hip” neighbourhood…This capably documented and artfully told account of hip Yorkville in the 1960s makes an indispensable contribution.’ Mike Mowbray, Canadian Journal of Sociology; vol 37:03:2012
‘Stuart Henderson has provided a richly layered history of some of the people and cultural trends of Canada’s 1960.’Michael Boudreau, Canadian Historical Review, vol 94:02:2013
'Making the Scene is unique among histories of the 1960s in the way that it casts Yorkville—both a geographic and imaginative space—as the protagonist of its narrative. Using an impressive array of current theoretical approaches, Stuart Henderson untangles the strands of rebellion that marked one of Canada's most turbulent decades and a critical period in Toronto's development. His careful and nuanced analysis reveals that Yorkville was a thoroughly contested space, even among participants who otherwise shared similar backgrounds and outlooks. Making the Scene is both a solid contribution to research, and an enjoyable discussion of Yorkville's lasting impact on the regional and national imagination.' Robert Teigrob, Department of History, Ryerson University
- Short-listed - Canada Prize in the Humanities awarded by the CFHSS
- Winner - Clio Prize (Ontario) awarded by the Canadian Historical Association
- Winner - J.J. Talman Award awarded by Ontario Historical Society
- Winner - The Champlain Society Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History