The Kensington Market DRUM was a periodical publication, distributed free door-to-door in the market area, and written and produced by members of the community from 1989-2000. The DRUM was a platform from which residents, business owners and community members of all kinds could express themselves and the issues that were most important to them – politics, Toronto city planning and policy, special events such as the annual winter solstice parade and other street festivals, community organizing and advocacy, reviews, views, and news in various regular arts, culture and lifestyle columns, and advertising and promotions for local businesses.
In the summer of 2015, researchers Dan Gelinas and Sigrid Feser, in collaboration with Ethnography Lab Coordinator Jessika Tremblay, received the permission of DRUM founder/editor David Perlman to digitize these remarkable newsletters. With the assistance of Mr. Perlman, this archive was completed in the winter of 2015 and is now available for interested users, and it’s still free!
Each issue of the DRUM can be accessed by clicking on the thumbnails below. Look for unique terms using Yumpu.com’s search function which may be accessed by clicking on the magnifying glass icon.