Toronto Calling

Photographs of the British New Wave as it happened in Toronto 1979-81.

A glimpse of an underground era in music history, which was locked out of mainstream media, shot by former Torontonians Nick and Simon White. These photos capture a moment in time before the internet and before corporate sponsorship, a unique and exciting time which still seems to resonate with a raw energy and passion.

Included are some of punks most iconic bands, including The Clash, The Ramones, Johnny Rotten, U2, The Specials, and many more.

All images were taken in Toronto and reflect the grit and energy of the first punk explosion as it came from London, New York and Jamaica. Most of the photos are black and white, all were taken in venues scattered around the city.

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