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pogo2posterFINAL2The Last Pogo Jumps Again studies the evolution of Toronto from small town to big city and it’s pop/counter-culture lifestyle during the early and mid-70s.  It centers around the first wave of Toronto punk rock and new-wave music, from the Ramones playing the New Yorker Theatre in ’76 through the police shutting down Teenage Head and causing a riot at the Horseshoe Tavern’s infamous “The Last Pogo” concert in December 1978.

London had the Sex Pistols, New York had the Ramones, but Toronto had a punk movement all it’s own.  The Toronto landscape by the late ’70s was forever changed with the infusion of the DIY/Punk/Alternative Culture(s) movement.  Six years in the making, The Last Pogo Jumps Again successfully explores the whys and wherefores of what was arguably one of the most exciting but misunderstood movements in Toronto’s history.

The DVD contains the 204 minute documentary, plus over a 100 minutes of added material, and a snazzy 24-page booklet.  Check the Shop for details on where you can purchase it.

The Last Pogo (1978) is the documentary that chronicled the last punk rock show at the Horseshoe Tavern when it was run by legendary Toronto promoters The Garys (Topp and Cormier) featuring The Scenics, Cardboard Brains, The Secrets, The Mods, The Ugly, The Viletones and Teenage Head. The Last Pogo was released on DVD in 2008 to great reviews.  Available at the Shop.

Free downloads of The Last Pogo Jumps Again!
The Horseshoe Tavern on December 1, 1978. Photo by Edie Steiner. From now until December 10th 2016 you can go to Vimeo and download our documentary for free.  When you go to the link, select “rent”, punch in the promotion code “IhateTrump” for Part one, and “Punk” for Part two.  And watch our film for free.  You’ll have it for a week. Part one click here and part ...
Turn and face the strange
As we hit the 40th anniversary of punk rock, we here at Pogo HQ are not surprised that our public broadcaster wrote a story about the UK’s Punk Rock 40th anniversary celebrations recently, but not a peep about the rich history we have here in Canada. Ignoring our artists is a bit of a tradition here in Canada.
Future collector’s item now available for free
Toronto Public Library worker files away copies of the DVD in the stacks. We’re down to our last seventy-five copies of The Last Pogo Jumps Again DVD, so if you want to invest in a future collectors’ item, now’s the time!  Available in our shop, and at various stores in Toronto.  Buy now and buy often! Toronto Public Library workers cue up the movie on the ...
Free Last Pogo Jumps Again colouring book!
Looking for a last minute stocking stuff?  Don’t want to spend a lot of money? Hey, it’s the holiday season, so here’s a little colouring book designed by Rick Trembles, that talented  fella from Montreal that did all the graphics for our film. Modeled on the old Archie comic books of the eighties, complete with a page of cheesy ads, these are high res images, so ...
The Horseshoe Tavern 1978
The Horseshoe 1978. In May, 1978, after they left the New Yorker Theatre, partners Topp, Cormier and Silverman took over management of the Horseshoe Tavern, a dive bar that featured country and western music that was at the down-on-its-luck corner of Spadina and Queen. Opened in the 1940’s by Jack Starr, the Horseshoe had a massive main room that could hold five hundred people, and was a favourite hangout ...
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