CIUT programmers try to raise funds for the station twice a year, but this current funding drive has a lot more importance.  The station has actually lost it’s main transmitter and is know broadcast at only 50 watts of power, which mean only people in the downtown core can get […]

Here’s a little departure from the standard Punks And Rockers fair.  The meditative, relaxing music of DroneDoctor is on the opposite end of the punk spectrum. The band is made up of former Cowboy Junkie Jaro on accordion and John Timmins – the brother of Cowboy Junkie Michael Timmins – […]

Hormoans is a three piece playing some melodic, infectious rhythms, echoing 1980s post punk sounds of bands like Gang of Four, Fugazi and maybe even early Talking Heads.  In addition to the band, guitarist/vocalist Steve Sandhu also made a short documentary on Toronto punk-noise scene in 2012 called FEED.

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.

Opening act the Dave Howard singers set the tone.  He was a staple of the 1980s Toronto punk-indie scene.  Lydia Lunch put on a great show playing intense versions of Jesus & The Jerks no-wave classics.

After 25 years, the intensity of a Swans show has not diminished. Pummeling rhythmns and brutal guitar shots over dark, forbodding lyrics sung in Michael Gira’s menacing vocal delivery left a lasting impression long after the show ended.

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 […]

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 […]

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.