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 […]
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 […]
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.
Ugly Pop Records had a record release party at Cherry Colas. The label had a triple release by the Dream Dates, Arson and Crash Kills Five. The first two bands played live, ripping through fast, tight sets. The TV Freaks from Welland opened up the show with a great performance. […]
A cool live session at CIUT 89.5 FM with the Dream Dates was videotaped by Punks And Rockers for Equilization X Distort, hosted by Stephe Perry. The band was one of Hamilton’s first punk bands, with Greg Dick presently being the only original member. The band now plays under the […]
The Existers were part of the original Toronto punk scene from 1977 to 1982. All the original members came together to put on a cool show at the Smiling Buddha. Punks And Rockers recorded them and the opening act Unheimlich Maneuver.
Punks And Rockers returned to Hamilton to record Slander, one of Hamilton’s original punk bands. This was a special event because the last time Slander played the city was almost 30 years ago when they split up. Old aquaintences, friends and family members jumped and moshed about and had a […]
The Gord Lewis Songbook jam session is hosted by This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton on the first wednesday of each month. The event features Teenage Head guitarist Gord Lewis and friends playing Teenage Head songs, some classic punk and rock’n’roll covers, with surprise guests joing in now and then. A […]