May 2010

American Bands in Vancouver

Vancouver’s location as the northern terminus of a west coast punk touring circuit meant that there was an inevitable north-south cultural dialogue...

Vancouver’s location as the northern terminus of a west coast punk touring circuit meant that there was an inevitable north-south cultural dialogue. The influence of bands from San Francisco and Los Angeles on the Vancouver scene outweighed the influence of contemporary bands from the rest of Canada, or even Seattle.

avengers bev

The Payolas

The Payolas were formed around the musical partnership of singer/guitarist Paul Hyde and lead guitarist Bob Rock...

Payolas Bev

Punks & Politicos

On Canada Day, 1 July 1978, members of Vancouver’s punk subculture co-mingled with members of the radical hippie counterculture for a free punk concert in Stanley Park...

RAPrisons

Punk rockers in the gay disco

The punk scene, from its inception, had ties to the gay disco scene, and this was as true for Vancouver as it was for the early days of punk in New York City and London...

LAF neon

Disco Underground