Toronto's Punk Past

May 1, 2018 | Michael

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Toronto's punk scene of the 70s and 80s may not have the international recognition of New York City or London, but the city had a thriving punk scene that produced bands including the Viletones and Diodes. Just as it did in other cities, the punk scene spun off into a variety of related genres and sub-genres such as post-punk and hardcore punk.

Nick Smash, who played in the post-punk band Rent Inc Boys and chronicled Toronto's post-punk scene in his book Alone and Gone, will be talking about Toronto's post-punk history and playing cassettes from his personal collection at the Lillian H. Smith Branch on Thursday, May 10th. The talk is presented with Wavelength Music, Myseum of Toronto and Canadian Music Week.

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