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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.

1977 with The Ugly, Friday the 28th

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If The Last Pogo Jumps Again DVD has whet your appetite for original punk, then go check out one of the true originals, The Ugly, Friday November 28 at the Rivoli in Toronto.  Back in 1977, they never called themselves “punks” — they called themselves “hoodlum rock,” because they could be truly dangerous.


Mike Nightmare at The Last Pogo, 1978, photo copyright Edie Steiner.

Late lead singer Mike Nightmare was a B&E artist, and spent his fair share of jail time.   Once, he broke into a flat where there was a “trophy cup” — a trophy holding thousands of dollars in cash from some soccer gambling — but was distracted by beers in the fridge, sat down, drank the beer, ignored the money, and got busted.

Sadly, he passed away in an emergency room in Vancouver in the early ’90’s, after being neglected for hours.  At their peak, The Ugly got up to some decent nonsense for sure:  throwing condoms full of sperm at the audience, for example.  Good times.  We doubt that’ll be happening this time, but one can always hope.  One thing guaranteed?  A raucous show.  These guys don’t play that often, but when they do, they pull out the stops.  A don’t miss.

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