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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.

Former Guildford Strangler Addicted to Endorphins

Today we had the distinct pleasure of interviewing English punk/new-wave icon Hugh Cornwell, formerly of The Stranglers, for our feature. In town for NXNE, he performed a solo show last night at the Dakota, and will be screening his performance film Blueprint tonight at the NFB. With help from manager David Fagence, record company rep Charlie Kennedy and NXNE publicist Liz Armstrong, it was a cinch to organize, thank you very much.

With a demeanor more fitting of an English gentleman than a so-called punk rocker, Hugh clearly suffers no fools gladly and basically told us to get our shit together (“…we either do this right or not at all…”) if we wanted our fifteen minutes of fame with him. Music fan and NXNE volunteer Melissa Feeney stepped up to the plate for us, and stood guard outside the “green-room” we’d hijacked, making sure no one bugged us while we filmed our talk with Hugh.

He was candid about past drugs (speedballs) current highs (excercise, endorphins, cricket, maybe a drink), insightful about the Stranglers’ (“…the pub bands hated us ’cause we couldn’t play, and the punk bands hated us cause we could…”) and excited about his new album Hoover Dam (“…Within You or Without You is the best song I’ve written since Golden Brown…”). Download the album for free at and find out everything Hugh’s up to.

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