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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.

Old schoolers take ’em to school

David Quinton of The Mods, June 6 ’08;  photo by Jean Trivett

Hey, David, what’s up with that cool t-shirt?  David says, via his MySpace page:  “This T-shirt was made by me and my kids – the names of all my favourite drummers are printed all over the front! Ready? Here they are…see how many of their bands you can name (no cheating):

Aynsley Dunbar, Jerry Shirley, Keith Moon, Richard Starkey, Bev Bevan, Richard Hughes, Jim Fox, Kenny Jones, Gary McCracken, Rat Scabies, Clive Bunker, John Weathers, Jim Bonfanti, Mike Gibbins, Ginger Baker, Bun E Carlos, Neal Smith, Paul Thompson, Corky Laing, Mike Tucker, Paul Cook, Billa Ficca, John French, Prairie Prince, Ian Paice, Don Powell and Dale Griffin.”

Quite the list.  And who is conspicuous in their absense?  David Quinton, yo.


Greg Trinier of The Mods;  photo by Jean Trivett

Greg Dick of The Ugly, June 6 ’08; photo by Jean Trivett

Another one of those great “we’re doing this ’cause it’s fun” gigs with The Mods and The Ugly at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto last Saturday to a packed house of a couple of hundred.   And what the audience and fans of those two seminal Toronto bands know is that even back in the day they did it all for fun.  For sure everyone hoped for the proverbial fame and fortune, but it was — and still is — essentially all about the Art and Lifestyle and Teenage Kicks.

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