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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.

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Swollen Members at the Shock Theatre;  photo by Paul Till

Big thanks to photographer Paul Till for the photo of Evan Siegel twisting to a Swollen Members tune at the Shock Theatre in 1977, and to Cardboard Brains’ Vince Carlucci for digging up this old newspaper ad.   Yes kids, we made our own handbills without the help of a computer and not everyone looked what you might have thought a “punk” (or in the case of Swollen Members, “Minimalist New Wave”) looked like.  Frankly, there weren’t too many of us who could have afforded a black leather jacket even if we wanted to.

Newspaper ad courtesy Vince Carlucci

Handbill courtesty Vince Carlucci

Another photo by Paul Till;  check out his link on the right.

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