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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.

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Today we talked with one half of Rough Trade, guitarist/writer Kevan Staples.  Kevan is one of many from the punk/new-wave scene in Toronto who ended up with careers in film and TV, currently a partner at Toronto post-sound house Rhythm Division, and composing scores for films and TV series.  In April we catch up with the Auntie Diva herself, Carole Pope.   (Yea, yea, yea, we know —  Rough Trade weren’t punks or new-wave, but they were a thread of the fabric of the new mood in the air back then, and they were good.  Carole’s lyrics, Kevin’s licks, the image, their audience…    And if we only stuck to what people perceive as punk, it’d be a slim sampling.  There’s a reason our film’s currently running 300 minutes, long story.)    The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock, New Wave and Alternate Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978.

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Two weeks at the Horseshoe Tavern, October 1978.

Rough Trade played in the send off concert the night after The Last Pogo, The Last Bound Up, on December 2, 1978.   They were the last band The Garys presented at The Horseshoe Tavern on a bill that also featured Drastic Measures, The Everglades, and The Ishan Band.   When The Garys brought John Cale to Toronto for the first time, in February 1977, Cale’s camp insisted that the only band they wanted opening for them was Rough TradeRespect, yo.

Last Pogo director Colin Brunton would’ve shot The Last Bound-Up that evening as well as The Last Pogo the night before , but when he went around getting permission from he bands, he was turned down by Carole Pope of Rough Trade and figured if he couldn’t get all the bands, he may as well only shoot The Last Pogo.

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