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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.

Hey, ho — Let’s go to The 40th Anniversary of The Last Pogo!

This Saturday Dec 1 there will be a rare big-screen showing of The Last Pogo Jumps Again at Toronto’s Revue Cinema. Advance tickets on sale here, and tickets are going fast.

We’re installing an exhibit of a couple of hundred handbills from that era (1976 – 1978) in the lobby.  See above for a rough idea, and thanks to everyone who sent us handbills when we were making the film, esp Gary Topp, John Catto, Imants Krumins, Cheryl Daniels, Gail Wetton, Randy Johnson and many more that we can’t recall right now.

It’s going to be a fun night.  It starts at 9:30, there’s a brief intermission at 11:00, and it will go until around 1:00 in the morning.  Cash bar and a nice lane behind the theatre for those of you who partake in the marijuana.  Lots of musicians and artists will be attending, we’ll be handing out a bunch of original DVDs of The Last Pogo (1979; 26 minutes) as well as some colouring books. Fun!

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