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 (ex-Existers) and the Wild Things (ex-Ugly).
The Anemics, Babyslitters, Bopcats, Crash Kills 5, Dead Bunnys, Dick Duck and the Dorks, Dream Dates (from Hamilton), Government, L’Etranger, Jitters, Martha and the Muffins, Polkaholics, Raving Mojos, Razorbacks, Rent Boys, Rough Trade, 63 Monroe (from London, Ontario), Slander (from Hamilton), Stark Naked and the Fleshtones, V-Necks, Wayouts, Zro4.
1980 The Young Lions and Youth Youth Youth bring politics and hardcore speed.
1981 Chronic Submission first to play American style hardcore at the age of 13-14.
A.P.B., Blank Generation, Chronic Submission, Dead End, Direct Action, Lethal Playthings, Nothing In Particular, Prisoners of War, Quarantine, Sickies, Ugly Models, Sickies, United State, Unknowns (St. Catherines), Young Lions, Youth Youth, Youth, Zeroption.
1982 YYY’s Brian Taylor records hardcore bands at Accusonic under N.R.K. label.
1983 Landmark T.O. Harcore ’83 compilation released by N.R.K. First all ages shows at the Upper Lip started by Quarantine’s Pete Jones.
Afhakken, Berlin Wave, Blibber and the Ratcrushers, Bunchoffuckingoofs, Creative Zero, Hype, Jolly Tamborine Man, Madhouse, Microedge, No Mind, Problem Children (Hamilton), Section 8 (Oakville), Sudden Impact, Wet Spots (Hamilton), Wrath.
1984 BYO release Something To Believe In with several Toronto hardcore bands.
1985 Not Dead Yet film released, documenting Toronto hardcore scene.
Early-mid 1980s Post-punk indie scene develops with varying styles. William New starts Elvis Mondays in 1984.
A Neon Rome, Australia, Change Of Heart, Dave Howard Singers, Dik Van Dykes (Hamilton), Fifth Column, Groovie Religion, The Lawn, Living Proof, Look People, Negro Jazz Funeral, Plasterscene Replicas, Punching Nuns, Jane Siberry, UIC (Exeter), Vital Sines, Wild Things.
1984-87 Cameron House becomes centre for roots country to surf and includes ex-punk rockers.
Blue Rodeo, Cowboy Junkies, Dundrells, Handsome Ned, Leslie Spit Treeo, One-Eyed Jacks, Prairie Oyster, Screaming Sam, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, Sidewinders.
1988 Elliot Lefko starts booking punk shows at the Silver Dollar and Apocalypse Club.