Bruce Cockburn & Toronto: A Historical Tour

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(#9) Past Areas of Residence in Toronto: College/Spadina

College and Spadina intersection

Just up the road from Kensington Market is the intersection of College and Spadina. It is this intersection which, at least in part, inspired the song, All's Quiet On The Inner City Front.

It would appear from the lyrics that he lived there at the time, so perhaps a more accurate attribution would be that circumstances in his life while he lived near the intersection inspired the song (how's that for getting picky? :-) )

In the Rumours of Glory 1980-1990 songbook, Bruce describes the song as being about a "summer night at Spadina and College".

This page is part of The Cockburn Project, a unique website that exists to document the work of Canadian singer-songwriter and musician Bruce Cockburn. The Project archives self-commentary by Cockburn on his songs and music, and supplements this core part of the website with news, tour dates, and other current information.