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 […]


DIODES Play Secret Show

The Diodes performed a secret show at the Rivoli on November 11, 2011. The cool thing about this tour is that the original drummer, Bent Rasmussen, who played in the original line up in 1976, has joined on this tour. John Hamilton, the drummer on the first two albums, is […]


LIZ WORTH Amphetamine Heart

Liz Worth celebrated the release of her first book of poetry, Amphetamine Heart, at Parts and Labour. The event was well attended and featured performances by The Weirdies and Triage, the latter performance being a cross between burlesque and a circus sideshow. Liz’s first book, Treat Me Like Dirt, an […]


THE CURSE’s Mickey Skin & Miracle Whip

Mickey Skin from the Curse joins Miracle Whip for a few songs at Mitzi’s Sister on friday February 18, 2011. Fellow Curse member, Patsy Poison was there as well, sitting up front. Also in attendance was Michael Dent from the Dents, who wrote “She’s Got Tumours”.


THE DIODES Horseshoe Tavern

In conjunction with the release of a new album TIME/DAMAGE: LIVE 1978 and a documentary short CIRCA 1977: THE DIODES, directed by ToBeScene’s Aldo Erdic, the Diodes played a few shows in Canada and Italy. Here’s one song from the Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, June 4, 2010. Cameras: Aldo Erdic, Kire […]


THE CURSE With The Existers

The Curse were not only Toronto’s first all girl punk band but also one of Canada’s first (and some would say North America’s first), along with the Dishrags from Vancouver and the B Girls from Toronto. Like many punk bands starting out in 1977, the Curse learned to play their […]


GORD LEWIS & FRIENDS “Satellite Of Love”

Teenage Head guitarist Gord Lewis opened up for the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton, Ontario. Gord did an acoustic set with vocals by Chris Houston and Mickey DeSadist (both from the Forgotten Rebels). Gord was also accompanied by Michael Fonfara on keyboards. Michael toured and […]


GLEN MATLOCK Solo Acoustic

Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols did a small tour of southern Ontario in the dead of winter, just himself and an acoustic guitar. Hamilton is a great rock’n’roll town and they gave Glen a big welcome, with former members of Teenage Head and the Forgotten Rebels opening up for […]


THE VILETONE’s Steven Leckie

Steven Leckie performs the Velvet Underground’s “Black Angel’s Death Song” at the Cameron House, Toronto, two weeks before Christmas. The instrumentation was arranged by Alex Topp and features Alex on Keyboards, Tyler Norton on trombone, Andrew Racknor on alto sax, Mike Deicont on bass and Blair Richard Martin on guitar. […]


NEW YORK JUNK Play Sneaky Dee’s

Guitar, vocals: Joe Sztabnik (The Dragons) Bass: Cynthia Ross (B Girls) Drums: Gary Barnett (Zabnik) Keyboards: Alex Topp (Major Grey, Steve Leckie and the Solutions) Editing: Aldo erdic Cameras: Aldo Erdic, Nick Cushing, Rachel Rain Packota, Candy Sass