Joe and Gary Wrote a Book!

To Hell and Back is Joe’s Calendino’s story of redemption – a story that led him to his current role as Co-founder and Executive Director of Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative.

A gripping portrait of a notorious Vancouver gangster and Hells Angels elite who descended into a life of homelessness and addiction, ultimately redeeming himself through award-winning youth advocacy.


As an outlaw biker living on the fringes of society Joe Calendino travelled the world, relishing the dangerous glamour of the Hells Angels’ lifestyle, even committing himself to an elite chapter in the organization: the Nomads Motorcycle Club or “one percenters.”

But his life soon spiralled into a world of drugs and debt. A tight noose of addiction began to rule. Eventually frustrated by Calendino’s recklessness, the Hells Angels stripped him of membership. In desperation, Calendino spent months in rat-infested crack houses, combing back alleys for anything that might help him get his next fix.

Finding himself on the cusp of death, he gained the support of an unlikely ally, Officer Kevin Torvik, a former high-school buddy on a very different path. Calendino not only recovered but thrived and redefined himself as a community youth leader, eventually winning the Courage to Come Back Award given to individuals who give back after overcoming tremendous adversity.

Told by his trusted former high school counsellor, author and educator Gary Little, To Hell and Back offers a page turning and rarely told perspective on gang life-a remarkable reminder of the power of individual transformation.


  • An Ex-Hells Angel Tells Us What It Takes to Beat Addiction by Sarah Berman at Vice – September 2017
  • Radio Interview with Newstalk 1010: The Rush Toronto – September 2017
  • Podcast Interview with Joe Calendino + Gary Little by The Commentary – September 2017
  • Former Hells Angel Talks a Life of Crime with Global News Toronto – September 2017
  • To Hell and Back with CTV News Winnipeg – September 2017
  • Former Hells Angel’s Story of Recovery and Redemption with Global News Winnipeg – September 2017
  • Former Hells Angels member shares story of hope, redemption in new book by Morgan Modjeski at the Saskatoon Starphoenix – October 2017
  • To Hell and Back with Global News Saskatoon – October 2017
  • A Highway to Hell by Stephan Boissonneault at Vue Weekly – October 2017
  • To Hell and Back with Global News Edmonton – October 2017
  • Interview with CTV Edmonton – October 2017Former B.C. gang member comes clean by Gilbert Gregory at the Winnipeg Free Press – October 2017
  • Local Group Works to Keep Kids Out of Gangs with CTV Vancouver – November 2017
  • Joe’s journey is the beginning of the Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative story. Click below to learn more about the impact Joe has made in countless lives through the organization.