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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.

“Bones rattle like dice.”

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R.I.P. William “Willy DeVille” Bursay, 1953 – 2009

Very sad news today to learn of the death of Willy DeVille.  This has nothing to do with our feature film in-the-making The Last Pogo Jumps Again, but props to a master musical stylist, sharp dresser and terrific performer.  Willy was being treated for Hepatitis C when pancreatic cancer was detected.

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Gary Topp of The Garys brought Willy and his band Mink DeVille to Toronto more than a few times, first at The Edge (the club they started after the Last Pogo demise of the Horseshoe Tavern) and later to the El Mocambo and more.

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