Folk music and Yorkville CoffeehousesMain MenuYorkville and the Coffee HousesSo what is a coffee house?What was Folk Revival Music?Yorkville and the Folk Revival in TorontoThe Penny FarthingThe RiverboatIntroThe Mynah BirdSources ConsultedProject InformationThe FlickIntroduction to The Flick coffeehouseThe Purple OnionBrief introduction to The Purple Onion coffee houseStacy Allison-Cassin4ad8166de9c8253ed5763d518324395da4eabf92York University Libraries
Close up of the outside exterior of where The Purple Onion use to be.
12018-03-13T17:43:21-07:00Brian McLaughlin0c16f0d67ad92d66eea5288f64d8c29f6d3a45cc157223This close up shows the stores that are now in place of where The Purple Onion use to be. Also seen in the photo is the city by law which enables more condo building in the vicinity.plain2018-03-28T18:47:04-07:00Brian Mclaughlin2018-01-22Brian MclaughlinBrian McLaughlin0c16f0d67ad92d66eea5288f64d8c29f6d3a45cc
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12018-03-16T18:01:12-07:00The Purple Onion4Brief introduction to The Purple Onion coffee houseplain2018-03-30T19:14:43-07:00The Purple Onion was hailed as one of the first and one of the most important coffee houses to arrive on the early Yorkville scene. Opened up by 6individualsknown as the PurpleOnion group, the president of the club was a man named Al Latsman. ThePurple Onion was known to host Folk music performances as its main form of entertainment. while watching these shows, individuals could enjoy beverages such ascoffee and light snacks such as sandwiches and cake. located at the Address of 35 avenue road, ThePurpleOnion was right in middle of the Yorkville scene. The purple onion greatly pushedthe scene in Yorkville as according to NicolasJennings, in 1964 it was considered the most successful coffee house of the time. According to BuffySaint Marie,who was one of the more prominent folk Figures who visited the Onion,it was the place to be intalking about politics and music. ThePurple Onion was a place for aspiring folk artists to gather. In its later years of 1965, a shift would be seen and more jazz and rock would be featuredbybands made up of young eager teenagers. This was to keep up with the change of pace Yorkville would see in the mid to late 60s. One famous rockbandthat consisted of teenager's who gigged at the Onionwas Luke and Apostles. At its maximum capacity it could only fit 90 people and was describedby on goers in the Toronto star to be asspacious as a telephone booth with the stage being the telephone. Old photos reveal that Inside there where old chairs and tables that gave a diner like feel.True to the old-fashionedVictorian houses of the time, the exterior of Onion was described by a Maclean'sreporter to be "a Victorianparlor that was blown up by a gas explosion during a whist drive"