Punk rock will always be around because there will always be someone from the next generation that will be drawn to it and will get what it’s all about.  VCR are four high school friends playing for the shear love it, bashing some catchy noise, having a good time and […]

William New first started Elvis Mondays in 1983 to show case up and coming indie bands.  The venues changed over the years, from the Beverley and Silver Dollar in the 1980’s to the El Mocambo in the 1990’s and the Drake since the early 2000’s.  And William’s commitment, eclectic tastes […]

Bryen Dunn invited Punks And Rockers to some of our videos at the Velvet Underground for one of his STAIN events.  It was a night of drag queens, Sluts On 45 and rock’n’roll corrupting the youth of today and old school punks.

Lola Dutronic features former Diodes drummer Richard Citroen on keyboards and Stephanie B on vocals.  They provide unique renditions of punk and new wave classics in the style of a cross between Tom Tom Club – Suicide – Serge Gainsbourg. Reminiscent of Nico, Stephanie’s haunting, midnight blue vocals add a […]

1980’s:  TORONTO HARDCORE From 1979 to the early 1980’s the Toronto punk scene was in transition.  The big break that many groups were probably hoping for never happened.  While the U.K. and New York scenes were considered the vanguards of the the punk movement, the Toronto scene was largely ignored […]

26Sep

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 […]

24Sep

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 […]

13Jul

PUNKS AND ROCKERS Video Party

Aldo Erdic and Punks And Rockers held a video party at Scratched Lens Studio, which is home to contributing videographer and editor Candy Sass. This was a retrospective look at the videos that Aldo has created over the past 15 years, chronicling the Toronto punk and indie scene.