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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.

Little Strummer Boy

All Joe Strummer photos copyright Viliam Hrubovcak

One thing that’s been readily apparent since we started gathering material for our long-gestating project, The Last Pogo Jumps Again, is just how many great photographers there were in Toronto in the late seventies, early eighties.

One prime example would be Viliam Hrubovcak, who amongst many others has contributed a couple of the 600+ still photos used in our project.

Viliam reminded us about Strummerville at the annual Last Pogo Holiday Party this year.

If  you don’t know, Strummerville is a foundation that “”…gives support to aspiring musicians and help to projects that help change the world through music. Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, the charity seeks to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them.”

This year Strummerville is selling its first calendar, and Viliam has contributed  four of the seven photos featured in it.

Girls Together Outrageously

And while it might be too late to order a calendar in time for a holiday present you can purchase your own copy of the Joe Strummer photos and have it delivered within four days if you’re in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area, not to be confused with GTOs,  the Frank Zappa-inspired band Girls Together Outrageously.)

Email Viliam at info@photosynthesisstudio.com or photosynthesis@cogeco.ca, fork over some loot, and you can get yourself an autographed, numbered (only a hundred of each were printed) pic of the late great one to gift to a friend or yourself.

Portions of the proceeds of the sales of Viliam’s photos go to Strummerville.   Check out some other Hrubovcak photos at theiconiclife.com.

Which leads us to something a little closer to home, the charitable org The Unison Benevolent Fund — “…an assistance and referral program – created and administered for the music industry, by the music industry. Unison is designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis.”

Pogo H. Q. were made aware of The Unison Benevolent Fund when it licensed some Demics tunes for the film;  the license synch fees for the Demics songs you’ll hear in our movie went 100% to the fund.   So a tip of the hat to Jodie Ferneyhough and Catharine Saxberg who started the org, and to Gary Furniss and Tom Treumuth for donating the fees.   And while we’re at it, Demics Iain Staines, Rob Brent, Jimmy Weatherstone and the late Keith Whittaker for making all those great tunes in the first place.  Fo mo info on Unision check the link on the right.

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