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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.

December Firsts

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As our title — The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 — suggests, we’re focusing our film on a very specific time and space.   September 24 1976 was the day that The Ramones first played Toronto at The Garys’ New Yorker Theatre, and December 1 1978 was the date of The Last Pogo, what we’re saying was the End of Days of the original punk scene in Toronto.   And of course we’ll try to fill in all the news that fits in between those dates.  Here’s some stuff that happened on other December 1sts in that period.

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December 1, 1976 in Toronto:  Ernest Borgnine rocks, Ray Charles rolls, Robin Trower plays Maple Leaf Gardens, and Mendelson Joe was Joe Mendelson.

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December 1, 1977:  The freshly dead Elvis Presley is named Male Musical Artist of The Year by something called The Academy of Variety and Cabaret Artists.  Juliet Prowse was named Female Musical Artist Of The Year.

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December 1, 1978:  Folk-singer Valdy “hots up his image,” Shirley MacLaine smokes and isn’t New Age yet;  The Moody Blues play Maple Leaf Gardens, ChumCharts still exist, and cable tv was one channel.   Down at The Horseshoe Tavern the cops shut down The Last Pogo.

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Photo copyright and courtesy Edie Steiner, 1978.

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