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Toronto Rochdale College Coffee House advertising flyer with Mickey Mouse image (1960's-early 1970's)


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Sanity Coffee house in Toronto with 'live entertainment, loud music, poetry, darkness...featuring Gord Lowe'.

Gord Lowe played 1967 Mariposa Folk Festival with Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens,etc.. and in 1969 also.

This coffee house was located in Rochdale College, famous (infamous) counter-cultural, folk music, and hippie scene hub in the late 60's early 70's. American ex-pats and draft dodgers congregated here, perhaps explaining the Mickey Mouse image.



Opened in 1968, Rochdale College was an experiment in student-run alternative education and co-operative living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It provided space for 840 residents in a co-operative living space. It was also a free university where students and teachers would live together and share knowledge. The project ultimately failed when it could not cover its financing and neighbours complained that it had become a haven for drugs and crime. It was closed in 1975.

Rochdale was the largest co-op residence in North America, occupying an 18-storey student residence at Bloor St. and Huron St. in downtown Toronto. It was situated on the edges of the University of Toronto campus, near to Yorkville, Toronto's hippie haven in the 1960s and early 1970s.