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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.

Just like hypnotizing chickens

The Last Pogo Jumps Again is down to the final stretch;  post-production is almost done.  Just one or two more stragglers to interview, and we’re realistically down to the last month or two of a project that was begun in June, 2006.    Today we were fiddling with an opening title sequence and figuring out where we could put a break at the two-hour-ish mark (we’re just shy of four hours.)

What was no doubt one of the very last interviews was also the very first one we’ve done using Skype.  We spoke to Sally Cato in her New York apartment talking into her computer.   In Toronto in 1977 she was a Concorde and then an Android until finally moving to New York and becoming Smashed Gladys and being managed by Kiss’ Gene Simmons (“The Androids, are you kidding?!  We’ll change that, and don’t tell people you’re from Canada.”)

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