Thirty years of Discorder Magazine archived through UBC Library 

Cecilia Rose || photo by Matthew Murray

Cecilia Rose || photo by Matthew Murray

Vancouver, BC (February 24, 2015) – Indie music aficionados can now comb through a 30 year online archive of one of Vancouver’s longest running magazines, Discorder, thanks to a collaboration between CiTR 101.9 FM Radio and UBC Library’s Digitization Centre. The Library has completed digitization of the magazine’s entire run, beginning from February 1983 to the present, providing a retrospective look at Vancouver’s independent music and arts and culture scene.

“This project provided a great opportunity for UBC Library’s digitization program to open doors to current and new fans of this important publication and to digitally preserve a key piece of Vancouver’s cultural history, “ says Bronwen Sprout, Head of Digital Programs and Services at the Library.

illustrated by Alisha Davidson

illustrated by Alisha Davidson

Dedicated to covering local music, arts and culture, Discorder – published by CiTR, UBC’s student radio society – has chronicled the stories of bands forming and breaking up, venues opening and closing, musician collaborations and jams on different projects, reviews of long-forgotten albums, and shows that describe the grit and glory of Vancouver’s music scene.

“If it’s not online, it didn’t happen,” says Susanne Tabata, a CiTR alumni Susanne Tabata and the filmmaker behind Bloodied But Unbowed, a history of Vancouver’s punk music scene. Tabata is aware of the work involved with scouring archives to tell a story about Vancouver’s past and believes that the digitization of the historical archives will provide “cultural reference points for writers, journalists, musicians, historians, designers, and artists.”

CiTR is currently embarking on its annual Fundrive, to raise $40,000 to launch a new website and continue digitizing its collection of reel-to-reels. This audio includes live performances of local bands throughout the 90’s, including Maow, Destroyer, D.B.S. and more.

To view and explore the Discorder digital collection, click here.


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Brenda Grunau
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illustrated by Alisha Davidson

illustrated by Alisha Davidson


Julie Doiron

with Jon Mckiel, Knife Pleats
February 17 @ Biltmore Cabaret

Jon McKiel and Julie Doiron || by Jon Vincent

Jon McKiel and Julie Doiron || by Jon Vincent

Much like bumping into an old friend from school or work after hours, Julie Doiron’s recent appearance at the Biltmore had the feeling of a reunion with someone you like being around very much but don’t really know that well — at least, that was this reviewer’s impression, whose familiarity with Doiron’s post-Eric’s Trip solo career revolves for the most part around a handful of singles from Woke Myself Up and I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day. Read More »

Ariel Pink

with Jack Name
February 11 @ The Rickshaw Theatre

Ariel Pink || photo by Lauren Ray

Ariel Pink || photo by Lauren Ray

On February 11 at The Rickshaw, Ariel Pink’s first words to his eager crowd were, “Where’s the smoke?” Whether his goal was to obscure our view or heighten the aesthetic, it was clear that the man had an eye for detail. Read More »

Freak Heat Waves

with Dada Plan, Woolworm, Wetface
February 7 @ The Fox Cabaret

Freak Heat Waves || photo by Patrick Gillin

Freak Heat Waves || photo by Patrick Gillin

On the night of Friday, February 7, Victoria’s Freak Heat Waves pulled together a solid lineup for a night at the Fox Cabaret to highlight the release of their latest album, Bonnie’s State of MindRead More »

Weekend Bender

February 5-8 @ The Astoria

Weird Candle || by Shane Burzynski

Weird Candle || photo by Shane Burzynski

Well thought-out and timely scheduling drove the Astoria Weekend Bender, as it brought together a complete muddle of genres over the course of four days. Many events are dubbed a “festival” these days, but the events that truly give off that energy practice more unison in the types of acts and the recurring guests to each act. The event featured one touring group, Automelodi, making the Saturday evening a more expensive cover charge for the Astoria at $12. The rest of the shows were just another weekend event in the Vancouver music scene.  Read More »


Consent (That’s Cool)


Lié’s Consent is almost as infectiously listenable as it is disconcerting and nerve-wracking. At once, Consent manages to be a record that is as fun to listen to as it is politically and philosophically violent and confrontational. Read More »

in contra.

little church (Self-Released)

in contra

Self-recorded in a little church in Burnaby, BC, in contra.’s first full-length album, aptly titled little church, is a glorious mess of sound and colour. Ten years in the making, little church’s opening chords make it clear that this is a creation of friends; a result of endless hours of good times and unabashed experimentation with noise and genre. Read More »


Nervous (Constellation)


Inspired by an isolated winter spent in the Yukon,Nervous is an album born of catharsis, minor chords, and the supernatural — the latter being a byproduct of intense hyperacusis lead singer/songwriter Colin Huebert battled during his stay and residence in a house that he said, “felt utterly haunted.” Read More »

Art Project

Natasha Broad

Illustration by Natasha Broad

Illustration by Natasha Broad

Res Nullius: a thing that has no owner Read More »

No Fun Fiction

The Sunny Unseen

Illustrations by Dana Kearley

Illustrations by Dana Kearley

Up Main, hiking up, we pressed our foreheads against a moving wall of rain. Past 5th the road became a wishbone and we were drawn towards the piece that would have, no doubt, been shorter. This piece, a street crowned Kingsway, also happened to be the most direct route to cheap drinks. Doubles were six bucks, or five fifty, or something in that price range. Read More »

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