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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

09Sep

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 […]

29Aug

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.

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.

10Jul

SLUTS ON 45 Music Video Shoot

The Sluts On 45 filmed their first official music video with the help of Punks And Rockers’ director Aldo Erdic. There was an outdoor sequence but the majority of the video was shot in the band’s 10 x 15 foot rehearsal space where some 30 punk extras managed to cram […]