February 7 marks the eighth annual International Clash Day, celebrating the music and rebellious influence of The Only Band That Matters.
KEXP out of Seattle may be the de facto presenter of “This Is Radio Clash” (see the official event website), but the impact the British punk group made in Toronto was obviously important enough for mayor John Tory to hereby proclaim it so last year.
This year marks forty years since The Clash first graced Canadian shores. The first Canadian gig was at the Commodore Ballroom on January 31. The first Toronto show came a new weeks later, February 20 at Rex Danforth Theatre to be exact. (Not to be confused with the Danforth Music Hall, which was just acquired by Live Nation from Embrace Presents. See a gigography here.)
Messrs Strummer, Jones, Simonon and Topper Headon also made an infamous stop in late September at O’Keefe Centre (soon to be renamed
With everything going on in their country of origin and the place they were so bored with, what The Clash represents has never been more vital than right now. Here
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