ralph alfonso

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 […]

15Mar

SUICIDE DATES & ARSON Record Release

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. […]

13Mar

THE SUICIDE DATES CIUT Session

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 […]

06Jan

SLANDER Returns To Hamilton

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 […]

07Dec

GORD LEWIS SONGBOOK Hamilton

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 […]

11Nov

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 […]

13Oct

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 […]

25Sep

SID’S KIDS At Painted Lady

Toronto’s punk class of 1977 came together at the Painted Lady for a show by Sid’s Kids, which features Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo, Battered Wives, The Screwed), Marcel LaFluer (Arson), John Sutton (Weatherthans) and Ginger St. James. They were joined by special guest singers Mickey Skin and Patsy Poison from […]

18Sep

SLANDER CIUT Live Session

Slander were part of the late 1970’s Hamilton punk scene. Original member Steve-O reformed the band a few years ago with his nephew Frank Carbona. Today they recorded a live studio session for CIUT Radio, 89.5 FM, and ToBeScene was there to record the event. See the video on our […]

20Jan

ex-FLAMIN’ GROOVIES with ex-Teenage Head

An unexpected highlight on this very cold month of January, was the announcement that the Flamin’ Groovies founding member, Cyril Jordan, will be playing Toronto and Hamilton with his new group Magic Christian.  As if Cyril wasn’t enough, the rest of the band includes Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Plimsouls guitarist […]