Toronto punk rock scene

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 […]

22May

VIOLENT FUTURE CIUT Session

This month at CIUT Studio 3 Violent Future recorded a live session to be broadcast on a future edition of Equization X Distort. The band includes Beav from Urban Blight and Greg Benedetto from Stuck In The City.  

28Apr

SLUTS ON 45 Cameron Show

The Sluts on 45 played their first show with a new drummer at the Cameron House. Punks And Rockers will be producing a promo video for the band during the summer, probably incorporating some footage from the Cameron show. Another highlight of the night was Hamilton’s bagpipe playing band Loaded […]

24Apr

TV FREAKS CIUT Session

TV Freaks played live at CIUT’s Studio 3 and ripped through songs from their full length album and EP that was put out by Hamilton’s Schizophrenic Records. The band itself is made up of members from both Hamilton and Welland, including ex-members from the Rocket Reducers. Stay tuned for a […]

13Apr

ANAGRAM Last Show Ever

Post / Neo No Wave punk band Anagram played their very last show at the Silver Dollar. The band formed in Oshawa 10 years ago but quickly garnered a strong local following based on their energetic and volatile live shows. Singer Matt Mason was in prime form tonight plunging into […]

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 […]

18Feb

SIESTA NOUVEAUX Last Days

Siesta Nouveaux is a unique Toronto venue, a collective of artists and musicians providing a space for all ages hardcore shows on the weekends. Punks And Rockers videotaped Hamilton’s Born Wrong in what will be one of the last shows at the venue. Siesta Nouveaux will be closing down at […]

17Jan

CAREERS IN SCIENCE CIUT Session

CIUT 89.5 FM had a live session with Careers In Science at their Studio 3 and the Punks And Rockers cameras were there to record the set. The segment will be broadcast on a future segment of Equilization X Distort, hosted by Stephe Perry. Stephe is looking at recording one […]