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March 22, 2018

30 Vintage Photographs Capture Canadian Punk Scenes From the Early 1980s

The first punk rock bands in Canada emerged during the late 1970s, in the wake of the US band Ramones and the UK bands Sex Pistols and the Clash. The Viletones, the Diodes and the Demics were among the pioneers, together with the Skulls (featuring Joey who would go on to form DOA, and Wimpy (Brian Roy) who would lead the Subhumans) from Vancouver, and Hamilton's Teenage Head, whose records and live shows earned them the nickname "Canada's Ramones". Vibrant local punk scenes sprung up in Toronto and Vancouver and other Canadian cities. By 1980/81 a Canadian hardcore punk scene emerged.

These candid photographs were taken by a Flicker's user ragamuffin1984 from 1980 to 1984. They give us a glimpse into Canadian Punk scenes in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto in the early 1980s.

(Photos by ragamuffin1984)

1 comment:

  1. I would love to see if anyone got any photos of me or any of my friends from back then, I was known as Cesspool, I was on the streets from mid 80's to early 90's and lived at the Fort briefly, Stephanie that was with Bob is who I'm really looking for, she was the love of my life,the one that got away. I lived in Kensington Market and was on Bloor and Spadina allot at Toby's but back and forth to much music and Queen street and up and down Young street, if you find any email me at
    Those were the best days and memories of my life.




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