Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 8:00pm
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West


Don Pyle, founding member of Juno Award-winning band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet and author of Trouble In the Camera Club: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto’s Punk History 1976-1980, talks punk and pictures with author Liz Worth.

In Don Pyle’s Out-Of-Focus Talking Slideshow, the author takes us on a tour through his photographs of the Punk movement’s past before presenting the evening’s grand finale, a rare, live performance by hoodlum rockers, The Ugly.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West
Doors open at 7:00; Event starts at 8:00
Admission is $8.00 or FREE with a book purchase

TROUBLE IN THE CAMERA CLUB: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto’s Punk History 1976-1980 with introduction by Steven Leckie features over 300 photographs and 200 images of related ephemera from the earliest days of Toronto’s punk music scene, featuring early gigs by bands like The Viletones, Teenage Head, The Curse, The Diodes, and The Ugly, as well as visiting punks The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, The Clash, Vibrators, The Stranglers, and other artists influential to the punk movement, including Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, Blondie, and Cheap Trick. The photographs of these iconic artists were taken by an awestruck kid who was pressed up against the stage at every gig, and the book is filled with behind-the-scenes anecdotes about these musicians and the venues where they played.

With a narrative evocative of Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, Trouble In the Camera Club documents the birth of the Toronto punk scene, and gives a fascinating glimpse into the coming-of-age of an urban teen in an era as overwhelming and exciting as the newly erected CN Tower.

As a student at Runnymede Collegiate Institute in the late seventies, freshman Don Pyle joined the school’s camera club in order to learn how to use the 35mm camera he had painstakingly saved up for. Being a member of the camera club got Don free chemicals for processing his film, as well as access to the isolated darkroom— the perfect place to escape from the jocks, and other teenagers he felt alienated from. As Don learned how to develop and print his film, he began to combine his interest in photography with another hobby of his: sneaking (underage) into live punk shows at Toronto clubs like the El Mocombo and the Horseshoe Tavern. Little did the music-obsessed introvert know that three decades later the photographs he took of his favorite bands would be considered historic documents of an under-represented and significant period in Toronto’s musical cultural development.  Visit the book’s site at

DON PYLE is a Toronto-based producer, audio engineer, musician and artist.  As a musician, he’s released a dozen albums with groups he’s been a member of and numerous audio and visual projects in other formats.  He was a founding member of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Phono-Comb and Greek Buck, as well as a full-time member of King Cobb Steelie and Fifth Column. As producer and/or engineer, his credits include releases by The Sadies, John Doe, The Two Koreas, Iggy Pop and Peaches, and as composer and sound designer, he’s created, solo or collaboratively, music or sound design for TV series Kids in the Hall, and films and installations by John Greyson, Simone Jones, Wrik Mead, Derek von Essen, and others. His photographs have appeared in Now, Eye Weekly, Xtra! and Maximum Rock’n’Roll, as well as on the covers of Liz Worth’s Treat Me Like Dirt and a new edition of Daniel Jones’ novel 1978.  A Genie nominee and Juno nominee and award winner, Pyle is currently mixing the debut album by his group Black Heel Marks. Trouble In The Camera Club (ECW Press) is his first book.

LIZ WORTH is the author of Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond (Bongo Beat) and the upcoming punk poetry collection Amphetamine Heart (Guernica Editions). Her writing has also appeared in the Toronto Star, Eye Weekly, Broken Pencil and Exclaim!. She can be reached at

THE UGLY Originally called The Rotten in 1976, the east-end Toronto band quickly changed their name to The Ugly when they heard of another Rotten grabbing headlines.  Their extreme volume and aggressiveness scared both punks and art scenesters – earning them the moniker “hoodlum rockers.”

Volatile and unpredictable, The Ugly were ignored by the media and stymied by at least one member always being in jail.  Bass player Screamin’ Sam Ferrara said “If the Toronto punk scene was underground, we were below that. We were the outlaws of the underground.” The never-ending chaos resulted in the original lineup disbanding in 1978, and Ferrara and drummer Tony Torture joining the equally chaotic Viletones.

In 1997, just after the posthumous release of the band’s only album, Disorder – a compilation of rough and raw demos – founding singer Mike Nightmare died tragically.  Miraculously, a new line-up of the band performed in 2007 to a staggering response – resulting in an ongoing series of rare but explosive live performances. Original members Screamin' Sam Ferrara and Tony Torture are joined by guitarist Steve Koch (Demics/Viletones) and vocalist Greg Dick (Dream Dates), creating a new chapter for The Ugly – one that is undiminished in power and transcends mere revival. Much more about The Ugly can be found on their official home page:

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