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People love to mock Canadians for being placid, harmless, and adorable, but that stereotype of our neighbors to the north overlooks one critical fact: While folks from Toronto and Montreal might be peaceful and well-meaning, their neighbors in Vancouver don’t fuck around. Just a few months ago, crazed Vancouverites torched half their otherwise idyllic city after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Finals. And historically, Vancouver is a punk-rock town, a fact well explored in Susanne Tabata’s documentary Bloodied but Unbowed. Between 1978 and 1982, the city produced punk acts like Subhumans, The Modernettes, and D.O.A., with its inimitable frontman Joey Shithead. They and others narrate Tabata’s raucous, unvarnished footage alongside American contemporaries, including Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins. Today, Vancouver’s music scene is tragically just one of many of the Great White North’s indie factories. O Canada, God keep your land glorious and free.
The film shows at 8 p.m. at Artisphere’s Dome Theater, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. $6.