TORONTO CALLING >> ³...from the faraway  towns...² >>  >> Canada Day. 1 July, 2010 Trafalgar Square,  London. >>   >> ŒToronto Calling¹  is a dynamic visual document of a vigorous and exciting >> era of Canadian  music history on display for the first time in the UK. >>   >> These photos are selected from an exhibition  recently held in Toronto taken >> by Simon and Nick White during  1979-1982. >>   >> Many of the original punk bands passed through  Toronto during their first >> North American tours which was one of only a half  dozen cities these bands >> visited during this period. While thriving local  scenes were established in >> Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax  it was the punk bands such >> as The Ramones, Blondie, The Clash, The  Stranglers, and later U2, The Police >> and Public Image Limited that helped to  spread the punk and post punk sound >> that had originated in New York City and  in England in the mid 1970¹s. >>   >> The desire to create local scenes  was reflected through Canadian punk groups >> such as The Viletones, Teenage  Head, DOA and The Diodes and it¹s their >> lasting legacy that has helped shape  what is now an exciting and dynamic >> Canadian music scene. >>   >> These  photos were taken by 2 teenage brothers with little experience of >> photography inspired by their photographer father and the ŒDiY¹ ethic of >> punk. Using rudimentary processing and printing techniques in their parents¹ >> dusty basement, they documented an era in Canadian music history that until >> recently hasn¹t been displayed. >>   >> The essence of the original  exhibition which took place at The Steam Whistle >> Gallery in Toronto in March  this year was based around a series of large >> format 6¹ X 4¹ prints of The  Clash during their first concert at The Rex >> Theatre on Danforth Avenue in  Toronto 20 February, 1979. There was also a >> huge 22¹ long window display of  The Ramones in 1980 at The Music Hall >> Theatre. Other bands featured in the  exhibition: The Buzzcocks, Iggy Pop, >> The Boomtown Rats, Johnny Thunders,  Ultravox, Psychedelic Furs, The >> Pretenders, The Specials, XTC, and reggae  acts such as Bob Marley, Black >> Uhuru and Peter Tosh all photographed at long  lost venues such as The Edge, >> Larry¹s Hideaway, The Concert Hall, The O  Keefe Centre and The Turning >> Point. All of these venues have now passed into  folklore as being some of >> the iconic birthplaces of what was to become one  of the most exciting music >> scenes to be heard in Canada for years to  come. >>   >> For further information and to order special limited  edition prints please >> look at the ŒToronto Calling¹ page on facebook. >> <>  
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