Jonathan Bunce (better known by his stage and pen name, Jonny Dovercourt) has been participating in the independent music community in Toronto – as a musician, writer, editor, presenter, organizer and advocate – since he was a teenager. Having worked as Listings Editor at Toronto’s Eye Weekly after graduating from the University of Toronto, Jonny combined his experience in both the music scene and journalism to help co-found Wavelength Music in 2000. Having shepherded the organization through numerous shifts in evolution along its journey from grassroots collective to professional non-profit arts organization, Jonny has acted as Wavelength’s full-time Artistic Director since 2014. Jonny previously worked as Artistic Director & Publicity Coordinator of long-running Toronto concert space The Music Gallery and as Operations & Development Manager at the Images Festival of experimental film and video.
Jonny is the author of the book Any Night of the Week: A DIY History of Toronto 1957-2001, to be published in 2020 by Coach House Books. He co-edited two volumes of Coach House’s acclaimed uTOpia anthology, and currently writes regularly for MusicWorks Magazine. He was a 2017/18 Toronto Arts Council/Banff Centre Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow, and in 2013, was recognized with a “Vital People” Award from the Toronto Community Foundation. As guitarist, bassist or vocalist, Jonny has been a member of more than a dozen bands, including Several Futures, Republic of Safety, Secret Agent, and A Tuesday Weld. When not absorbed with music, Jonny rides his bike and thinks about writing sci-fi.