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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.

Haitian friends of The Last Pogo

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Haitian Voodoo Priest “Nestly”;  photograph by Frank Polyak

We’ve made a lot of friends in the four years since we started shooting The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978, not the least being the Haitian Voodoo Priest pictured above.   Donations to help out the thousands in trouble in Haiti can be made at www.redcross.ca/donatenow.

BREAKING: Pogo H.Q. just got a call from photographer Frank Polyak, who was supposed to be in Haiti today but decided he’d best stick around the house and be domestic for January and delay the trip ’til February.  Frank told us that our Voodoo Priest — Nestly — in the photo above survived, being in the town of Jacmel.  The town was hit hard too, but as of at least the first few days of the tragedy, Nestly was still alive.  http://www.facebook.com/l/b702e;www.helptammyhelphaiti.com is another site you can check out if you care to help.   If your curious about what it all looks like, photographer Daniel Morell is posting pics via Twitter http://twitpic.com/photos/photomorel.

UPDATE:  JANUARY 19.  In an odd coincidence, our L.A. shooter Amy Belling was supposed to be interviewing photographer/graphic artist Rodney Bowes this weekend, but Rodney will be flying down to Haiti for the weekend on a plane full of people including Bill Clinton.

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