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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.

All your holiday shopping in one fell swoop

Sam Ferrara of The Ugly at the Pogo 30th;  photo by Fast Eddie Smith

Tonight Fast Eddie Smith is hanging some of his pics from Europe at the Second Cup at Jarvis and King;  it’ll be up until Christmas, and maybe a little longer.   On Wednesday, The Cameron Tavern hosts the opening reception to the 15th Annual Christmas Art Show, “Giusto un Altro Giorno” (Just Another Day) featuring the latest metal sculpture work by local musician, artist, and all-around dude Sam Ferrara.   If you’re interested, best get there opening night, because although the show will be going on until January 3, 2009, historically most stuff gets snapped up right away.  So snap to it!

Here’s how you solve all your Christmas shopping in one day:    On Wednesday, go for a coffee at the Second Cup, and buy several original prints by Eddie.  These are shots of Europe, shot on film (!), and are pretty nifty.  Next year Eddie promises the rock ‘n’ roll show.  After deciding which prints to purchase, walk up to Queen St. West, and buy a copy of The Last Pogo dvd at one of the places listed below.   It’s only $12.00!  Or go on-line and get to our “Store” right here on this site, and order a dozen or so copies of The Last Pogo — if you get your order in by this Friday, then you should recieve the dvd in time for Christmas, if you are so inclined (bear in mind that people of all religious and social backgrounds can enjoy The Last Pogo.)

Then walk over to the Cameron Tavern on Queen, one block west of Spadina, and not only rub shoulders with kewl hipsters and musicians, but buy several original pieces of art made by the one, the only, Sam Ferrara.

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