Join us for a discussion of Vancouver's early punk rock scene

Drawing on their own personal experiences, Heather Haley and Susanne Tabata will discuss the documentation and fictionalization of Vancouver's early punk rock movement. The talk will feature clips from Tabata's film Bloodied but Unbowed and readings from Haley's debut novel The Town Slut's Daughter.

Heather Haley

Trailblazing poet, author, musician and media artist Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines and genres. Haley was an editor for the LA Weekly and publisher of the Edgewise Cafe, one of Canada’s first electronic literary magazines.

With work featured in many journals and anthologies, she is the author of poetry collections Sideways and Three Blocks West of Wonderland, plus debut novel, The Town Slut’s Daughter, partially set in Vancouver’s early underground punk rock scene.

Haley has directed numerous videopoems, official selections at dozens of international film festivals, and toured North America and Europe in support of critically acclaimed AURAL Heather CDs of spoken word song, Princess Nut and Surfing Season.

She was a member of some of Vancouver’s early punk rock bands, including the all-female Zellots, and the ‘45s.

Susanne Tabata

Susanne Tabata has a film production focus on west coast stories.

A former UBC radio DJ, she is the creator of Bloodied But Unbowed and the – the documentary film and on-line site which chronicle the Vancouver punk scene of the late 1970s. The film screens around the world, including a 28-day run in Shibuya Tokyo, and has won the Berlin International Punk Film Festival Audience Choice Award. The project is the third in a series of films which explore worlds on the edge of mainstream culture, the other being the women’s skateboarding history film Skategirl & the west coast surfing history 49 Degrees.

Among the many music videos and commercials, short and long form media on topics of social justice, she also produced the Jason Priestley directed Barenaked in America which chronicles the US tour of the Canadian band The Barenaked Ladies, an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival.

Susanne is a contributing writer for Beatroute Magazine and just wrote the forward to Discotext Magazine: Vancouver Club Culture and the History of EDM 1988-1990.

She is adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Vancouver.

Heather Haley, Susanne Tabata
October 13
12:30-2:00 pm
Special Collections, Room 7100 (7th floor of the W.A.C Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby)
Registration information

Registration is not required and the event is free.

Contact for further information
Melanie Hardbattle
Ph: 778.782.8842

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