(*Note: I know this is over a week early, but I expect to be busy in the upcoming weeks, and I wanted to write this while I was thinking about it.)
Come the 18th of June, there is an anniversary I celebrate.
On that day 5 years ago, I first attended a Punk show in Hamilton.
I know I have told this story before, but I love it. About this time 5 years ago, I went into Crash Landing. After paying for my purchases, store owner Suzanne handed me a flyer.
‘There’s a Punk Rock matinée next week. You should come.’ she said smiling.
I went to the show, petrified I would die.
But I had the time of my life. And since then, Punk has been one amazing experience after another for me.
I’ve heard more music than I thought could ever exist. And then I hear more.
I’ve taken thousands of pictures.
I have written thousands of words.
I’ve been to more shows than I can count.
But most of all, I have met some of the most amazing people in the world.
And my favorite part is that it’s all happened in my city.
I want to thank everyone that makes my experience of this scene so awesome. I will be thanking people in person as I see them at shows.
(* I wrote names as they came to me. I appreciate everyone and what they bring to the scene equally.)
Thank you for the 5 years of Punk, (and more in the future):
The ladies of Rackula (All incarnations of the band)
The guys of Adelleda
The guys of Web Society
The guys of Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans
The guys of Born Wrong
The guys of Hangman Pinata
The guys of the 413s
The guys of NOT
I also want to thank:
The bands from out of town
The bands of different genres
The staff of each venue
The independent record stores
The legal online music sites
The Hamilton Public Library
And The all free festivals.
All this contributes to my love of Punk, and love of music in various ways.