shadowy men on a shadowy planet

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 […]

14Jul

SHADOWY MEN ON A SHADOWY PLANET

Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet reformed to play a few shows in memory of bassist Reid Diamond who died of cancer 11 years ago. Guitarist Brian Connelly and drummer Don Pyle were joined by the Sadies‘ Dallas Good on bass. And that was a special bass Dallas was playing. […]

20Dec

A RIZDALES CHRISTMAS

What better way to ease into Christmas than to spend a frosty afternoon listening to the Rizdales and friends at the small and cosey Graffiti’s Bar & Grill.  The festivities were kicked off by Ancient Chinese Secret, featuring ex-Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet guitarist Brian Connelly.  Their amazing surf […]

12Feb

THE Z-RAYS Live At ToBeScene

The Z-Rays are a high energy, all girl surf instrumental trio whose guitar twang has been heavily corrupted by playing every week for the past year at Planet Kensington, one of Toronto’s long established punk bars in the heart of Kensington Market. Whether it’s a handful of brave tourists or […]

12Nov

BLOODSHOT BILL Live At ToBeScene

Bloodshot Bill has been playing literally on his own for the past 10 years. In the raucous tradition of Hasil Adkins and Bob Log III, he plays guitar, drums and sings at the same time. But this greaser from Montreal does some crazy things with his voice, snarling, grunting and […]

03Feb

THE BLUE DEMONS “East Bay”

The Blue Demons’ music video for the song “East Bay”, directed by ToBeScene’s Aldo Erdic, is the first in a series that will follow the Blue Demons as they fight off their arch enemies Dr. Mysterion and Wolfman. In this episode, Mysterion hypnotizes one of the Luchas to turn against […]

01Jun

THE BLUE DEMONS “Casbah”

This video for the Blue Demons song “Casbah” was shot by ToBeScene director Aldo Erdic on a total budget of $24 (pizza and video tape). Follow the ghost of the Blue Demon as he haunts his lair. What is he searching for? Is he looking for the other Demons? Is […]