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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.

Dada’s Boys

Photo courtesy Gary Topp

Pogo H.Q. was thrilled and very grateful to get a copy of Dada’s Boys, the short filmmaker Peter Vronsky shot in ’77.   A shit-load of great footage by Vronsky and friends was lost by the CBC in thier inimitable style  — The Viletones‘ first trip to NYC; performances by The Ramones and Dead Boys — but the 30 minutes of footage existing is great:  interviews with legendary manager/photographer/journalist Danny Fields;  a twenty-year old Steven Leckie;  The Dishes’ and a key player, co-writing tunes for The Demics and The Viletones and much more, Stephen Davies;  a running discourse on “punk rock”  by Toronto Star critic Peter Goddard and Gary Cormier of The Garys (Toronto promoters Topp and Cormier); and odds and sods of shots at the Crash ‘n ‘ Burn and The Garys’ New Yorker Theatre in Toronto, and CBGB‘s in NYC, performances by The Viletones and Diodes….  Peter — thanks again.

Peter’s done a lot of shooting and writing in the past thirty years, and you can check it out at his website at  Lee Harvey Oswald, espionage, Toronto crime, Vietnam war vets, serial killers, the Third Reich, the American Civil War — and other fun stuff.

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