Hard Core Logo

Meet Joe Dick, the fast talking, hard rocking, gutter punk idealist who had his moment of glory fronting the legendary but now defunct Vancouver band Hard Core Logo. Living somewhere between East Hastings and a dream, Joe decides it’s time to drag the band back together for one last, ill-fated tour. Michael Scholar, Jr., the force behind the PuSh Festival hit The Black Rider, adapts the cult classic book by celebrated Vancouver author Michael Turner, the film by Bruce McDonald, and the screenplay by Noel S. Baker into a punk-ass piece of music theatre, featuring original music by D.O.A.’s Joe “Shithead” Keithley. Warning: contains foul language and spitting.

“There’s two ways of looking at it. Billy just wants the models and limousines, and I’m happy with hookers and taxi cabs.” – Joe Dick

The producing team for Hard Core Logo brings together two of Western Canada’s leading producers of new Canadian work with one of the most exciting and successful young companies to emerge in the last decade. November Theatre produces and creates innovative works in a heightened performance style, both from the world canon and original works that integrate diverse elements. Edmonton-based Theatre Network animates The Roxy Theatre with a season of cutting-edge work and produces nextfest, a multidisciplinary arts festival dedicated to emerging artists, on an annual basis. Touchstone Theatre is a mainstay of theatrical innovation and excellence on the West Coast and is currently celebrating its 35th Anniversary season.

Developed by November Theatre, Theatre Network and Touchstone Theatre, with the assistance of Rumble Productions and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, and through a Performing Arts Residency at The Banff Centre.

Adapted by
Michael Scholar, Jr.

Based on "Hard Core Logo"
Book by Michael Turner,
Film by Bruce McDonald
Screenplay by Noel S. Baker

Original Music by
Joe “Shithead” Keithley of D.O.A.
Lyrics by Michael Turner

Direction: Brad Moss
Musical Direction:
Joe “Shithead” Keithley
and Corinne Kessel

Toby Berner
Clinton Carew
Telly James
Michael Scholar, Jr.
Rachael Johnston

Set Design: Cory Sincennes
Photography/Punk Consultant: Bev Davies
Lighting Design/Roadie: Scott Peters
Costume Design: Sheena Haug
Projection Design: Jamie Nesbitt
Sound Design: Dave Clarke
Publicist: Ellie O’Day
Skull Logo: David Lester
Graphic Design: Scott Beadle, for Laura Galloway Design
Stage Manager: Jenn Best

Short Film
Director/Editor/Cinematograper: Jason Margolis
Narrator: Nardwuar The Human Serviette
Click here to watch the video

Co-produced with Theatre Network (Edmonton) and Touchstone Theatre (Vancouver)

Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver)

Edmonton: Previews Nov. 16, 2010, Opens Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 5 at The Roxy Theatre (10708 – 124 St.)

Vancouver: Preview Jan. 26, 2011, Opens Jan. 27 and runs until Feb 6 at The Rickshaw Theatre (254 east Hastings Street), as a part of the PuSh Festival.

Hard Core Logo was one of Canada’s most notorious and influential punk bands - until they fell apart on the night of their career-making deal. Years later, during the mid-90s punk revival, lead singer Joe Dick - living somewhere between East Hastings and a dream - decides it’s time to unite the band for a last-gasp reunion tour across Western Canada. It’s the story we know, the book we love, the movie that affected us all. Now, for the first time, we’re taken on a theatrical journey into the world of Vancouver punk rock in the stage adaptation of the Canadian cult classic.


Cover article of the Georgia Straight

“…drop whatever you’re doing right now and get tickets to see Hard Core Logo: Live."
-The Edmontonian

"a raucous stage show … an ear-shattering dynamic in the three-chord
punk rock score"
-Edmonton Sun

"Although staging a punk rock show for a seated theatre audience may run contrary to the notion of punk, Hard Core Logo: LIVE breaks through its restraints and is just as rocking as the real thing."
-See Magazine