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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.

Imants Krumins, RIP

Photo of Imants found on Tim Perlich’s website

From an email by Simon Harvey forwarded to us by Woody Whelan:

Imants Krumins has passed on after a lengthy battle with cancer. He’d spent the last while in palliative care, surrounded by friends and people who cared about him. Out of respect for Imants’ wishes, this had been kept discreet– he didn’t want a lot of fuss and drama, and I have it on good authority that he wanted to talk chiefly about music and records until the end.

I literally know of not one person with the amount of knowledge, passion and ongoing enthusiasm for punk rock, show-going and record collecting as Imants, and the stories are endless and true. He drove the Ramones on their first dates outside NY/Boston in 1976, he traveled to the UK to catch the 1977 punk explosion as it happened. He had incredible stories– seeing the Ramones over a hundred times, the record release show for the first SLF record, Bad Brains circ ROIR, Discharge and Rudimentary Peni in the UK super early– yet rather than get jaded or mellowing out, he was only ever seeking out harsher and more underground sounds, and his frequent buying trips to Europe and especially Japan are well known. No matter what was happening, Imants was there early and his tastes were spot-on– I was impressed when I picked up the Touch & Go book last year to find a letter from Imants looking to trade live tapes of the the then-new hardcore bands circa ’81, but then shortly after found letters from him in Bomp mag ten years earlier than that, taking Greg Shaw to task for some erroneous info regarding the Kinks. A true lifer.

More importantly, Imants was a truly friendly, generous and genuine man, inspiring to those around him and always up for a pint and a chat. He’s left behind countless good memories and he will be missed a great deal.”

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