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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.

Peter Vronsky’s Crash ‘n’ Burn movie
PV still 10 Screen shot John Catto of The Diodes The Last Pogo Jumps Again has a ton of 16mm film footage from 1977 and 1978.  One of the biggest contributors was filmmaker, author and university professor Peter Vronsky who let us use footage from his Crash ‘n’ Burn movie.  We asked Peter how it came about and what happened to the missing footage. Photo David Andoff “In 1977 I was living ...
Toronto punk handbills 1976 – 1978
HORSETROGGS There are over 600 photographs in The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and a ton more handbills. This is the handbill for a 1977 show at the New Yorker.  You can tell that it was done with Letraset, because the lines aren’t perfect, but it was hard to figure out how they actually superimposed the photo of the cops onto the photo of the Ramones.  No Photoshop back then, ...
Sex was the only way out
Poster courtesy of John Catto For the next month Pogo H.Q. will be hopping with footage of the last batch of interviews, and then the tedious grind of paperwork and deal-making begins.  This week director Kire Paputts interviews Owen Burgess late of Oh Those Pants and The Cads;   L.A. shooter Amy Bellings interviews graphic artist/photographer Rodney Bowes, and over the next two weeks we get even busier with a few more ...
Sit on my Facebook
So, does that song sound familiar?  Yup, the iconic Viletones tune “Possibilities” as performed by Nirvana (i.e. that 90’s band that sounded like any number of bands back in the late seventies.  But I guess we can’t diss Kurt too much if he had such good taste.)   The Diodes’ John Catto found this on his Internet machine, and turned us on to it via Facebook.    Peter Noble chimed ...
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