Ruby Karinto, Victoria, British Columbia 2017

August 27, 2017 | Filed Under Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Entertainment, Historical, History, Music, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Punk Rock, Uncategorized, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Ruby Karinto

Much of my photography centres around landscapes, natural and manmade and how that shapes us and our culture and/or how we and our cultures shapes our constructed and social landscapes. I like how the local makes us all unique to our own parts of the world.

I haven’t concentrated so much on people who shape our culture especially artists, be they writers, musicians, painters etc.

Local Victoria band Ruby Karinto are unique certainly. The foursome, lead vocalist and electronics, Ai Ito, Soma Morse, electronics and vocals, Damon Henry, bass and Jason Flower, percussion are unique. Lead vocalist Ai Ito performs in a mask.The lyrics to the band’s songs are at  least 50% in Japanese. Their lyrics are, according to drummer Jason Flower “based on cryptic Japanese folk tales and bizarre western pop culture references”.

Ruby Karinto 2Song titles include Moonwalk Uncle, Zelda and Team Chopsticks.

The images here are from a recent outdoor performance in Victoria. You can check out the band here.

I’ve written previously about drummer Jason Flower’s other musical endeavours, his used record shop Supreme Echo and his record label of the same name (here). Flower tracks down forgotten, neglected and  overlooked bands and their work and puts out vinyl records of their music along with supporting written and visual material providing not only entertainment but archiving music for the future

 



Roxy Theatre, Victoria, BC 2015

September 22, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Entertainment, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photographers, Photography, Photos, Street photography, Theatre, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

The Roxy Theatre, Waiting For Godot  Victoria, BC 2015

Currently the home of the the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, the Roxy was formerly the Roxy Cinegogue movie theatre. It looks more like an industrial or farm building than an arts centre.



Music Archivist Jason Flower and Supreme Echo, Victoria British Columbia

August 26, 2015 | Filed Under Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Entertainment, Jason Flower, Music Archive, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Record Label, Supreme Echo, Vancouver Island, Victoria | 1 Comment 

Jason Flower

Jason Flower is a music archivist who issues collections of forgotten, lost and hard to find music as well as being a collector and seller of new and old music LPs, 45s, tapes and CD’s.  His Victoria store and archival reissue record label bear the same name, Supreme Echo.

He’s passionate about his music and that has led to collections of early punk music from places as diverse as Victoria and Poland. He’s recently released collections featuring the music of punk pioneers The Dishrags and the 70′s glam horror heavy metal band Twitch, both from British Columbia. Another release collects the music of Northern Haze, a 1970′s Inuit metal band.

The releases usually come with printed material, history, interviews and photographs of the musicians.

You can check out some of his releases through his site here or you can purchase through here.

I’ve been archiving British Columbia through my photography so it’s interesting to me to see other ways in which people archive the province, Canada and in Jason’s case, other countries. I use images to collect history while Jason does it by retrieving hidden, forgotten or previously inaccessible recorded music, and makes it available to us again while reminding us of our musical histories.



Entertainment Posters Victoria, BC 2015

April 8, 2015 | Filed Under Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Entertainment, Fine Art, Pacific Northwest, Photographers, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | 1 Comment 

Entertainment Posters, Victoria, BC 2015

I like seeing texts in photographs, signs, billboards, posters, they all add  information about a scene or time.

Street signs can locate a photograph. Grocery store signs and cafe menus can show us familiar or unusual food and/or how much prices have changed since the image was created.

This photograph of entertainment posters in the window of a guitar shop on Blanshard Street in Victoria was taken this week.

It gives us an overview of upcoming shows. If you’re here you can take in punk,country, jazz, psychedelic or hip hop music. You can read books or take in a poetry reading at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Two weeks from now these events will all be history. Two years from now it’s likely some of these performers will be history as well.

The photo however will keep these entertainers and events alive (and hopefully still entertaining) for future viewers.

 

 



Vancouver Art Gallery FUSE July 2013

July 29, 2013 | Filed Under Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Entertainment, Exhibition, Fine Art, Pacific Northwest, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

Took in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s July FUSE event on July 19, this one produced in conjunction with the Arrival Agency. Lots going all evening on the various floors.

Crowds outside the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE event on Friday July 19 2013.

Crowds outside the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE event on Friday July 19 2013.

Crowds inside the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE event on Friday July 19 2013.

Crowds inside the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE event on Friday July 19 2013.

Artist Paul Wong, left, chats with VAG Young Associate Spencer Denton at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE event on Friday July 19 2013. Playing on the wall behind is a Wong presentation.

Art performance in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE event on Friday July 19 2013

A view over Robson Square from the top floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery during the FUSE event on Friday July 19 2013.

Crowds outside the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE event on Friday July 19 2013

 

 



Joe Keithley – DOA farewell tour / BC Legislature visit

January 28, 2013 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Entertainment, Fine Art, Music, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Portrait, Punk Rock, Urban, Vancouver Island, Vancouver Punk, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

DOA front man Joe Keithley was in town playing a gig during the band’s farewell tour. Joe has decided to seek the NDP nomination in Coquitlam – Burke Mountain in order to run in the upcoming May provincial election. We decided to take a few portraits in front of the BC Legislature building in the afternoon. Here’s a few images from that shoot and one from the show.

 

 



Early Vancouver Punk Rock – Furies, DOA, Skulls, Dishrags, Subhumans and Rabid

July 15, 2009 | Filed Under Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Entertainment, Fine Art, Historical, History, Literary Photographer, Music, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Photos, Portrait, Punk Rock, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Punk, Vancouver Street Photography | 10 Comments 

I came across a few prints and contact sheets I has tucked away in an envelope from the very early days of the Vancouver punk rock scene. Please send a note to correct me if I’m off on names etc. These were taken quite a while ago (1977ish? ) and I didn’t keep the notes I should have.

Furies

The Furies at the Japanese hall. I believe this was the second local punk rock show in Vancouver.  My first. Tom Harrison of the Georgia Straight used the photo. If memory serves me, the bass player is Malcolm Hasman, now Vancouver realtor to the famous.

Dishrags

The Dishrags. I think they opened for The Furies although this photo was taken at a later date.

Skulls Contact 2

Detail from a contact sheet of the Skulls playing the Easter Be-In in White Rock. I remember getting whacked by beer caps the unnappreciative crowd was flipping at the band. The Skulls metamorphed into DOA.

Skulls Contact 3

Another details from the Skulls contact sheets. A number of stalwarts from later bands were in this group, Joe ‘Shithead’ Keithley, Brian Goble, Ken Montgomery, Brad Kent.

DOA

Early photo of the classic DOA line up of Joe Keithley, Chuck Biscuits and Randya Rampage

DOA Contact

Detail from a contact sheet of another early DOA show or maybe they were still the Skulls at this point

Subhumans

Subhumans with Ken Montgomery playing guitar, Brian Goble and Gerry Hannah. Not sure of drummer.

Gerry Hannah

Gerry Hannah of the Subhumans

Dimwit

Ken Montgomery of the Subhumans. No idea why he had the stocking mask on.

Rabid

Rabid -Sid Sick and John Doe say my notes on the print