Did you know that CiTR briefly published a hip-hop magazine? In addition to publishing Discorder, CiTR released Elements from May 1995 to December 1996. The magazine was edited by Vancouver DJs Jay Swing and Flipout.

Although CiTR only published eight issues of Elements, the editors featured interviews with well-known artists such as The Pharcyde (issue 4), Busta Rhymes (issue 5), De La Soul (issue 6), OutKast (issue 7), and Ghostface Killah (issue 8). Each issue also included interviews with DJs (“Vinyl Konflict”), album reviews (“re:views”), and mix tapes.

Elements, Issue 2, July 1995, page 11


Intended as a bi-monthly magazine, publication was often late, which the editors commented on candidly in issue 6: “One year has passed since we started Elements and we still can’t get this piece out on time. Don’t really care no more.”

Although we can’t post the text on the blog, their disclaimer on page 3 of issue 7 (under “elementary?”)  is also worth a read. If you’re interested in Elements’ publication history, you can read more about the magazine in this 2011 article by Jennesia Pedri on the CiTR website, which includes recent reflections from the editors of Elements.

We digitized Elements magazine alongside Discorder back in 2014, and the eight issues reside in the Discorder collection. You can view them here in Open Collections, or click any of the covers below to open the issue.

Elements, Issue 1, May 1995

Elements, Issue 2, July 1995

Elements, Issue 3, Sept/Oct 1995

Elements, Issue 4, Nov/Dec 1995

Elements, Issue 5, March 1996

Elements, Issue 6, May/June 1996

Elements, Issue 7, July/Aug 1996

Elements, Issue 8, Winter 1996

UBC Library’s Open Collections has made available the entire run of Discorder, the magazine of CiTR 109.1 FM. Issues date back to 1983 and include articles, album and concert reviews, interviews, radio show lists, advertisements, comics, and more. New issues continue to be added to Open Collections.

We were curious about shows in Vancouver throughout the years, so we explored back issues of Discorder to get a sense of the music scene. Here’s who played shows around this time in years past.

You could see the Red Hot Chili Peppers with No Means No on December 30 and Fishbone on December 7 at the Commodore Ballroom 30 years ago:


Discorder, December 1988, cover & page 21.


Check out these ads for concerts 25 years ago, including Superconductor – one of A.C. Newman’s bands before forming the New Pornographers:

Discorder, December 1993, from pages 23-24.


Twenty years ago, Amy Honey’s band Clover Honey won CiTR’s Shindig Battle of the Bands. Here’s the ad for that show and the subsequent review:

Discorder, December 1998, from page 8.

Discorder, February 1999, from page 20.


There is also a review of a Destroyer concert, just three years after the band formed:

Discorder, February 1999, from page 20.


Here are a few ads from 15 years ago, featuring both local and touring bands:

Discorder, December 2003, from pages 4-5.


Finally, here’s the show calendar from just 10 years ago – including Franz Ferdinand, Amanda Palmer, Metric, Tokyo Police Club, and others:

Discorder, December 2008, page 15.

A Discorder magazine cover, circa 1985, featuring Grapes of Wrath.

A Discorder magazine cover, circa 1985, featuring Grapes of Wrath.

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.


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.

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