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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 buttons…Cynthia Ross…Damian Abraham!”
“Free buttons…Stacey Case…Cynthia Ross…Damian Abraham!” Here’s some buttons, designed by Stacey Case, that we’re giving away to the stores and our shop when you buy a DVD. Wait, what?! You not only get a three a half hour critically acclaimed documentary and a hundred minutes of awesome stuff AND a 24 page booklet designed by Alicia Romigio — but you get these cool buttons ...
Dan Huziak photos
As in our other blogs about the many Toronto photographers who contributed the 600+ stills we have in our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again, today’s blog features Dan Huziak‘s work.  We lugged a scanner over to Dan’s place and spent hours scanning old negatives.  Here’s some of the gems we came up with.  The photo above is of Dr.
Toronto punk handbills 1976 – 1978
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, ...
Typical Grrrls
Photo by the amazing Rodney Bowes that warrants more than an italicized sub-title Now, that’s what I call a fucking photograph: The Curse’s Mickey Skin sporting her lobotomy scar;  Dr. Bourque cosying up to Sam Ferrara;  Trixie Danger;  Deborah “Blondie” Harry, The Diodes’ Paul Robinson;  to the right of Blondie, Patsy Poison and The Diodes’/Secrets‘ John Hamilton. Highaperture.com Today the Pogomobile loaded up co-directors Kire Paputts and Aldo Erdic and descended on a ...
What’s time to a pig?
A pig farmer is showing off his farm to a visitor.  He points out a huge pig, glowing with health, lounging in the corner of his stall (which was, frankly, a pigsty, hyuk hyuk hyuk.)  The visitor asks him why the pig looks so much better than the others.  “Well,” said the farmer, “This here’s my favourite.  I feed the other pigs plain old slop, but this one’s going to ...
Hey, Little Girl
B-Girl Cynthia Ross wrestles a guitar away from Sam Ferrara, 2008;  photo courtesy/copyright Kevin Lamb. We interviewed former B-Girl and current member of New York Junk Cynthia Ross.   The charming Ms. Ross, former squeeze of Stiv Bators, delighted us with tales of decadence and derring-do whilst standing in front of what used to be Club David’s, yet another punk landmark in Toronto that’s been transformed into a condominium.   Did Cynthia spill ...
By the time we got to the Horseshoe, we were half a thousand strong…
Wow, was it really forty years ago that there was Woodstock and three days of peace, love and understanding in a muddy pig farm in Bethel, New York?  What’s so funny about that?   Nothing much really, but when you’re doing a blog on Punk Rock (and more specifically the feature-film in-the-making, The Last Pogo Jumps Again) you tend to search out threads and degrees of separation on any musical thingy ...
Prayin’ to Elvis on my knees…
Deal with the Devil;  copyright Kim Northrop.  Check out his art at kimnorthrop.com A year after interviewing the Topp half of The Garys, we’ve now chatted with the other half, sexy man-beast Cormier.   Gary had tons of interesting stuff to say on the partnership with Gary Topp and their years at the New Yorker and Horseshoe Tavern and The Edge and punk and rock and roll. Coming up this week is ...
More songs about food and buildings.
Okay, maybe just a blog about buildings. One of the staff here at the bustling headquarters of the feature film The Last Pogo Jumps Again got a new pal on MySpace called Clash on the Danforth 1979, a group for people who went to the old Rex Theatre on Danforth Avenue in 1979 to see The Clash and Toronto’s own B-Girls.  Said staff member doesn’t recall much about the show, being ...
Another typical week at The Garys’ Horseshoe Tavern in 1978
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