Canadian photographer SEAN DECORY has released his new book, Toronto DIY (2008-2013) showcasing a selection of his favorite work capturing the Toronto DIY punk and hardcore underground scene. Bands, venues and fans alike are all featured throughout the 180 pages. The book can be purchased via DeCory’s website.
Exploring the true nature of DIY punk in 2008-2013, Sean DeCory presents a compilation of some of his favourite work that showcases many stories from famed bands, grungy venues, and the colourful people who cemented the underground of Toronto.
The book features infamous performances by renowned bands from Toronto and far beyond – Burning Love, La Dispute, S.H.I.T., Column of Heaven, Animal Faces, Monarch. The emphasis, however, is placed squarely on the spaces where these shows took place; spaces that were integral in the creation and facilitation of the modern Toronto music scene by hosting shows no one else would at a price accessible to everyone. As is often the case, these venues are gone now, and the exit wound they produced is impossible to fill.
The foreword by Lance Marwood – who lived in the Brohaus, one of the spaces featured reflects on the impact and importance of what took place during that time in Toronto. The book closes with short biographies of the spaces featured as well as quotes and stories from the author’s interviews with Jay Wydra of Soybomb and Lynne Rafter of Siesta Nouveaux.