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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.

Dave “Tank” Roberts

June 30th, 2008

There aren’t many people more beloved than Dave “Tank” Roberts for those of us who were involved in the original Punk scene in Toronto circa 1976. Tank started off as the bodyguard for The Viletones, and quickly became a much-loved (and much-feared) fixture on the scene.   For those of us who were in on the joke, the scariest thing about Tank was his intimidating size — he’s a big man — but his heart was even bigger and he rarely, if ever, had to use violence to expel anyone from a club, a doorway, a backstage, or a dressing room.   At worst, “…I’d just sort of lean on them…”, and people got the message fast.   He worked the door at many clubs, and a couple of years after The Last Pogo, took a crack at booking bands into the Horseshoe Tavern.   A favourite of many visiting bands, Tank was especially fond of The Ramones and struck up a lasting friendship with them. When we interviewed Tank for the feature, he showed off the drum skin that the Ramones had all autographed and sent to Tank on the occasion of his marriage to Joanne. After he got out out of the business, he started working for the city down at the CNE, and is still there counting down to retirement.

All our thoughts are with Joanne and Tank as we await on news regarding the big guy:   Tank was admitted to hospital a couple of days ago suffering from pneumonia (and other things), and is currently in intensive care. Better today than he was yesterday it’s “…and hour to hour thing”, according to Joanne, and we’ll let you know as soon as we get more news. Hang in there, Dave, we love ya.

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