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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.

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 ...
The New Yorker Theatre, Toronto, 1976/1977
The New Yorker in the ’30’s when it was known as The Astor. In 1976, with The Original 99 Cent Roxy still pulling in crowds in the east end, Gary Topp and partner Jeff Silverman opened The New Yorker Theatre, on the Yonge Street Strip, fifty yards south of where the indie underground cinema CineCity once stood. The pinball parlour Funland was across street, and on the next block south ...
The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre: a brief history
In our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we trace the origins and history of the first wave of punk and new-wave music in Toronto (and Hamilton and London) circa 1976 to 1978.  There was no better place to start than at an extremely smokey theatre in the east end of Toronto.
Happy New Ears
Take this bus to see the movie in Winnipeg this March. The DVD of The Last Pogo Jumps Again continues to sell (click store here to learn how to buy it) and theatrical screenings continue on weekends in Toronto at Reg Hart’s cozy Cineforum. Note:  LSD use not essential. A nice review in Big Takeover magazine has created a bit more awareness in ...
You’re going to need a bigger box of popcorn.
Toronto 1976 – 1978:  Queen St West was a ghost-town; you weren’t allowed to put handbills up on telephone poles, and you could get arrested for wearing studded collars and yelled at if your hair was dyed purple. After starting this project in 2006, our Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) of our monster 204 minute documentary,  The Last Pogo Jumps Again, is out. Its the original 204 minute documentary, ...
Digital Versatile Disc and Vimeo coming soon.
After starting our project in 2006, and after having a dozen theatrical screenings in Toronto and a couple of festivals, we’re just about ready to release our DVD and get it up on Vimeo for rental and purchase. The DVD will come with a 24 page colour booklet of handbills and photos, and an hour and a half of special features, including extended interviews, unused segments (Tommy ...
DVD coming soon
We’re hard at work here at Pogo H.Q. readying the DVD release of our punk rock doc The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   Apart from the two-part, 204 minute doc, we’re currently putting together a bunch of “added features” including new pieces on Nash the Slash and The Original 99 Cent Roxy;  the classic animated short Bambi Meets Godzilla;  a couple of mid-seventies movie trailers; an excerpt from the ...
A Wake for Nash the Slash
Photo by Viliam Hrubovcak & Jolie Fejer. Thanks to Cathie Stanish, a friend and neighbour of Nash, there will be a public wake for Jeff “Nash the Slash” Plewman on Saturday June 21st at 5:00 p.m. at Nash’s local watering hole, Stratenger’s Restaurant and Bar in Toronto’s trendy Leslieville.   (Click here for a map.) Photo courtesy Historic Toronto blog. Leslieville wasn’t always trendy and Stratenger’s wasn’t ...
R.I.P., Nash, you were one of a kind.
Screen shot from The Last Pogo Jumps Again. It was a terrible shock today to find out that our good friend Jeff “Nash the Slash” Plewman died over the weekend at his house in Toronto.  It’s a very sad day.  Our condolences to his family and friends. Nash would have appreciated the synchronicity we experienced here at Pogo H.Q.:   we were writing notes on the various extras we ...
Vivian George photos, IMDB, swag
POGOOPENINGViletones Screen shot of The Viletones, by Vivian George. We’ll have news soon on some more The Last Pogo Jumps Again screenings across Canada in the new year.  In the meantime, if you went and saw our movie, it’d be great if you could give it a rating out of ten for the International Movie Data Base (IMDB) by clicking on the link right around here.  It helps ...
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