The Emergency Room remembered

It might be gone, but Justin Gradin is making sure that the Emergency Room isn't forgotten. The local musician is looking for any photographs from the two-year existence of the underground, after-hours Strathcona venue. “We're trying to put together a photo book documenting a lot of the art shows and bands that played there,” Gradin told the Straight. From local punk favorites Twin Crystals, Defektors, and White Lung to wild shows from Montreal noise merchants AIDS Wolf and Israeli riot rockers Monotonix, the clandestine club attracted the attention of hipsters, city officials, and cops alike, before voluntarily closing in January. “We had a series of break-ins and that pretty much killed us,” Gradin lamented. “The landlord didn't want to put in a security system.” With the recent closures of like-minded venues the Sweatshop and the Peanut Gallery, Gradin hopes the book—to be released this summer—will inspire more than just nostalgia. “More people should start venues like it,” he said. Gradin will be accepting photographs until May 31 at