The Pornographic Onion was a folk club located on the Ryerson campus, at the corner of Gould and Victoria in the MGM building from 1968-1970. When the building closed, students tried to re-open the coffee house in Jorgenson Hall, however times had changed and the club did not flourish to its previous status. The Pornographic Onion was a place for students to come together and enjoy popular folk acts, whom nurtured the youth counter-culture of the time, such as Bruce Cockburn, Lenny Breau, David Wilcox, and Jerry Jeff Walker. It was also visited by top folk artists such as Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell and Ian Tyson. Open mic nights were a regular occurrence, allowing students to express themselves musically, and also speak their minds. This was a place on campus, where students and other youth could come together, and form their own “public.” The texts that fostered this community, were visual, spacial and audio. The atmosphere of the Pornographic Onion, the music played, the words spoken will remain as memories for those who attended. The only remaining evidence survives in news clippings and posters, and their various digital documentations.
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