Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Canada - Calgary

The flyer is from a show I collaborated on with another promoter. It features the three most active current Calgary hardcore bands...




Headlining were Battle! (Florida) and Hercules (Nebraska). We packed kids in and were actualy about 15 people over capacity by the end of the show. Such a fun night with two bands that are relatively unknown. Both were amazing.

I'm 20 years old and have been straight edge coming up on 2 years. I'm from Alberta, Canada.

The scene in Calgary is difficult to describe. It seems to be hit and miss as far as attendance at shows etc. goes. However the core of the hardcore scene are some of the best, most dedicated people I have ever met. Problems are rare and fights almost never happen. Nearly everyone knows each other, if not on a personal level, then at least well enough to not start any trouble.

The scene here operates almost solely on a DIY level. The vast majority of shows are held in community halls, basements, and currently the one all ages DIY venue we have, called the New Black Center.

Unfortunately zines are not a large part of hardcore here, however an awesome dude from Lethbridge, a town about 250km south of Calgary recently put out an awesome zine called Exit Wounds. I think he's working on the second issue.

Hardcore has been one of the biggest parts of my life for the past 5 or 6 years, and even though the scene in Calgary may not be huge and we may not produce bands the way a city like Boston or New York or LA does, those of us who care give everything we can to preserve and grow our hardcore scene.

Alberta Hardcore forum

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