The Horseshoe Tavern was the perfect venue for the Toronto launch of Perfect Youth, The Birth Of Canadian Punk, written by Sam Sutherland.  The Horseshoe played an important role in the early days of the Toronto punk scene.  The venue was well attended by young and older punk rockers.  Sam […]


EL MOCAMBO Original Sign Back Up!

Anyone walking last week along Spadina Street, south of College, would’ve had the chance of seeing a bit of Toronto rock’n’roll history being literally restored.  The sight was the original neon palm tree sign being turn back on at the El Mocambo. The El Mocambo is an important part of Toronto’s rock’n’roll […]

The most recent Equalizing X Distort session featured Wrong Generation, four high school kids playing some Germs inspired hardcore but mixed with a few more melodic elements. The Punks And Rockers cameras were there to record their set.


TORONTO 1980′s Punk Time Line

1979-80 Punk in transition, from old school to quirky New Wave to rockabilly.  Only the Viletones, Teenage Head and Forgotten Rebels played continuously in one form or the other into the 1980′s, 1990′s and 2000′s.  In the early to mid-1980′s, first wave bands splintered into new groups such as the Jitters (ex-Mods), Wayouts (ex-Tyranna), Australia […]

Pre-1976: BEFORE PUNK Toronto has always had a vibrant music scene. The 2011 documentary directed by Bruce McDonald, Yonge Street: Toronto Rock’n’roll Stories described Toronto’s early rock’n’roll scene of the 1950′s and 1960′s as being centred on the Yonge Street downtown strip. In 1957 Elvis Presley played two shows at […]

1976-79: THE START OF IT ALL Seeing the Sex Pistols in the U.K. for the first time inspired people to form punk bands.  In Toronto it was seeing the Ramones in September 1976 at the New Yorker Theatre at Yonge and Charles streets that lit the spark and ignited the Toronto […]



Hamilton’s Pick Your Side visited CIUT 89.5 FM after releasing an album and a couple of singles. The band, made up ex-Haymaker, Chokehold and Fuck The Facts members, will be leaving on a European tour in October. This is a taste of what’s to come. The songs in the video […]


RIOT FEST Toronto 2012

Riot Fest came to Toronto’s Old Fort York and featured the Descendents, NOFX, Fucked Up, Hot Water Music, Less Than Jake, Andrew WK, among others. All the bands played well, people moshed, drank and enjoyed one of the last few good days of summer. Go to our blog to view […]


JELLO BIAFRA & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine played Lee’s Palace to a full house. It was a mix of new songs and quite a few Dead Kennedys’ songs. Jello definitely had a great time, pantomiming along to the songs just like the old days.

Representing Barrie hardcore, Demolitioncame into CIUT 89.5 FM’s Studio 3 to record a heavy live session. They definitely wear their NYC hardcore influences tatooed on their arms.