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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.

A Wake for Nash the Slash

NASH THE SLASH BY VILIAM HRUBOVCAK AND JOLIE FEJER

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.)

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Photo courtesy Historic Toronto blog.

Leslieville wasn’t always trendy and Stratenger’s wasn’t always a pub.  Appropriately enough (since Nash was a huge film buff) Stratenger’s was originally the Rex Theatre, built at the beginning of the 1st World War.  Around 1941 it became the Joy Theatre.

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After the Joy Theatre closed up its doors in the sixties it became Stratenger’s Saloon.

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Nash would pop by Stratenger’s once a week or so and enjoy a Labatt’s Blue.  Despite being in one of Toronto’s trendiest neighbourhoods, it still retains the east-end/blue-collar feel that was historically what Leslieville was all about.

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Whenever he dropped by, he’d make sure to check out the Nash the Slash “museum”: a memorabilia display on the second floor that has been there for years:  cd’s, photos, and newspapers clippings from his 40+ years of artistry and audaciousness.

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One of Nash’s oldest and dearest friends, Gary Topp (later known more famously as one of The Garys, along with Gary Cormer) posted a few pics of the old Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre the night of the premiere of John Waters’ Pink Flamingos.  (But first,  here’s a portion of the handbill that announced Nash’s first appearance, performing a live soundtrack to the Dali/Bunuel film Un Chien Andalou in 1974.)

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A photo of The Original 99 Cent Roxy by Gary Topp.

Nash lived in the flat above Roxy.  Two weeks prior to The Last Pogo concert in 1978, when Nash was supposed to join Teenage Head for a song or three, he broke his violin, then broke his hand after punching a wall in frustration.  Needless to say, he wasn’t able to play with Head on that riotous night.  Nash would later joke that his violin healed faster than his hand.

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Photo by Cathie Stanish

After retiring in 2012, Nash took up painting.  This is one of his earliest attempts;  a painting on an old aluminum shed in his backyard.

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Photo by Cathie Stanish

An avid gardener, Nash installed this Hobbit-like door on his back fence.  It was called The Door to Nowhere; behind it was a cinder-block wall.

NASH THE SLASH BY VILIAM HRUBOVCAK AND JOLIE FEJER copy

Photo by Viliam Hrubovcak & Jolie Fejer.

Please come by Stratengers on the 21st and pay your respects to a true iconic Toronto artist.

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Finally, Cathie wanted to leave you with this, from the album Thrash.

I’ll Wait For You

You wake up in the morning so alone upon your bed
With thoughts of that first evening slowly burning in your head
I couldn’t bear to leave without a message from above
And from beneath this frozen earth I send to you my love

I’ll wait for you
Eternity through
I’ll wait for you.  I’ll wait for you

Who could have foreseen the death that tore our lives apart
Please don’t cry ‘cause I’m still here I live within your heart
Memories and laughter when the children gather near
To listen to the stories as you touch the silver years
Time takes care of everything of this you can be sure
No need to hide yourself from these fingers painted blue
And though the body rests the soul it still roams free
Praying for the moment when you come to comfort me.

Lyrics by Dr. K. Syinide Copyright 2014

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