Young Canadians

Young Canadians (originally The K-Tels) were a Canadian punk rock band formed in Vancouver in 1978 and active for just under two years. The YC's were influenced not only by the other punk bands in town at that time such as D.O.A. and the Pointed Sticks, but also by the New York Dolls, the Stooges, and 1960s garage rock. Although the band only released a small amount of material before breaking up, their single "Hawaii" is one of the classic Canadian punk anthems.[1]

Young Canadians
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPunk, garage rock
Years active1979 (1979)–1980 (1980)
LabelsQuintessence Records
MembersArt Bergmann
Jim Bescott
Barry Taylor

The band's leader, songwriter and guitarist was Art Bergmann, who went on to become one of the key figures in Canadian alternative rock in the 1980s and 1990s.[2] The other band members were bassist Jim Bescott and drummer Barry Taylor.

Their first-ever recording was the song "I Hate Music", for the Vancouver Complication punk compilation album.[1] Just before the release of "Hawaii", they were forced to change their name when threatened with legal action by the K-Tel corporation.[2] The K-Tels supported the Boomtown Rats on a tour across Canada.[3]

Following their breakup, their two EPs and single, plus unreleased live tracks, were re-released in 1995 on the album No Escape, with liner notes written by Buck Cherry.[4] Joyride on the Western Front, a live album documenting a 1980 concert at Mabuhay Gardens, was released in 2001.[5]

Founding member and bassist Jim Bescott died in an accident in Vancouver on August 31, 2005 at the age of 52.[6]


  • Hawaii 4-song 12" EP
  • "Automan" 3-song 7" single (available only as a bonus single inside the first pressing of Hawaii EP)
  • This Is Your Life 4-song 12" EP (produced by Bob Rock)
  • No Escape (CD compilation of studio and live tracks)
  • Joyride on the Western Front' (live concert recording from 1980)


  1. ^ a b Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-992-9.
  2. ^ a b "The resurrection of a lost Art". The Globe and Mail, February 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Rock survivor". Victoria Times-Colonist, November 5, 1998.
  4. ^ "Seeds of Punk: In the late '70s and early '80s, Vancouver was hot and Buck Cherry and the Modernettes were there". Calgary Herald, August 6, 1995.
  5. ^ "Young Canadians: Joyride on the Western Front". Exclaim!, September 1, 2001.
  6. ^ "Jim Bescott, Singer-songwriter, 1953-2005". The Globe and Mail, October 7, 2005.

External linksEdit

  • K-Tels at Pacific Northwest Bands site