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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.

Dan Huziak photos


As in our other blogs about the many Toronto photographers who contributed the 600+ stills we have in our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again, today’s blog features Dan Huziak‘s work.  We lugged a scanner over to Dan’s place and spent hours scanning old negatives.  Here’s some of the gems we came up with.  The photo above is of Dr. (Anna) Bourque of The Curse, arguably, along with The B-Girls, the first all-female punk band in North America.


The shot we used for our postcard is of an audience at the Crash ‘n’ Burn.  See if you can spot Harri Palm from Johnny & The G-Rays, Greg Trinier of The Mods, a Blake Street Boy, and Dr. Bourque.  Amongst others.


Steven Leckie of The Viletones in what looks like a friendly tussle with a fan.


Gary Topp said that if The B-Girls were from NYC or LA, they could’ve been huge.  But Toronto eats its own.


Staff at a bathtub full of stubbies at the Crash ‘n’ Burn.


You really didn’t want to mess around with The Curse.  Or maybe you did.  You know what we mean.


They used to be called The Sneakers until The Diodes booked them into the Crash ‘n’ Burn for their first gig.  They were surprised to find out they had been renamed The Dents.  The musical track we have of them in our movie is of them playing a high-school gig. The emcee asks that if the audience is going to throw bottles, to please hit the band rather than hurt the curtains or stage.


Paul Robinson fronting The Diodes at the Crash ‘n’ Burn.


Steven Leckie of The Viletones runs a shard of broken glass down his arm at the Crash ‘n’ Burn.


A masked Mike Nightmare of The Ugly with brother Raymi in the background on guitar.  Apart from just plain looking cool, one reason Mike wore masks was so that the police couldn’t recognize him.  He had a bit of a career as a B & E artist.


Mike Nightmare of The Ugly swings his mic at the Shock Theatre.  He wouldn’t think twice about bopping you on the head if he had a reason.


Paul Ecknes of The Wads, bloodied after being hit by a stubbie beer bottle.


Back alley fashion show, left to right:  Patsy Poison of The Curse, Margarita Passion of the clothing/record store hangout New Rose, and Ruby T’s.  Person on their back, not so sure who that is.


More fashion, this time in front of New Rose.  L – R:  Patsy Poison, Margarita Passion, Ruby T’s.

The Last Pogo Jumps Again opens theatrically at The Big Picture Cinema at 1035 Gerrard Street East in Toronto on Friday November 1, and runs to Wednesday November 6.  There’s a 3:30 matinee on Sunday November 3, and another matinee on Thursday November 7 at 3:30.  All tix are $10.00;  the Thursday matinee is $5.00.













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