Canada is full of really cool things. They have food, mountains, radical animals, hockey - you know, Canadian stuff. Canada also has some really dope people holding it down in the hardcore scene.
My first interaction with Canadian hardcore was Figure Four in the late 90s. They made some friends in Minnesota, back when Twin Cities hardcore was awesome. After that, they hit a lot of cool tours. And it grew from there. Some band called Comeback Kid snuck in on one of the bills eventually, I think they turned out fine.
Nate and all the Winnipeg dudes were very nice. I first talked to them waiting for Babylon to open the doors for American Nightmare, Death Threat and Striking Distance in May of 2002. What feels like half a lifetime later, Nate reached out and said that the boys were gonna be back in town and he invited me to breakfast. We hadn't seen each other in person since the American Nightmare show years earlier.
One of my old neighbors was Canadian, from Toronto. He was only in our town because he was in a med student exchange program, so he could work at the local hospital through school. His friends didn't seem to care for us, but Ameet was always very hospitable. When he moved backed to Toronto, he told me and my wife that we were welcome to come to Toronto whenever we wanted, we could have his apartment and he'd stay with his sister. A kind sentiment, even if we never found the occasion to take advantage.
I think I'm making my point - Canadians have always been extremely kind to me and they're definitely down for the core.
Justin Friskie is yet another Canadian and Coreman who happens to have produced a fantastic, limited 3D photo zine. And in exchange for the cost of shipping, he sent me a couple copies. I appreciate his generosity and wanted to share it with you, too!
His work features a whole series of live photography captured at hardcore-punk gigs from plenty of modern heavy hitters and favorites.
Really, the slick layout and high-quality of paper stock is more than worth the couple dollars Justin would ask for a copy.
Each copy comes with a pair of 3D glasses, hand-numbered out of 75, and features photography of a whole grip of bands, including No Tolerance, Firewalker, Turnstile and Angel Dust.
There's a whole lot more inside the pages as the photographs jump off the page with the sweat and punch of the real deal.
You can try to get your own copy before they sell out by contacting Justin directly via email or Instagram.
by Daniel Coughlin (@xvanwilderx)