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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.


A small wet crowd at This Ain’t Hollywood last night in Hamilton for the cast ‘n’ crew screening — but they were enthusiastic, and were there to watch the movie, and not just drink beer.  A handful of people from Toronto made the drive out to The Hammer to see the film for the second or third time (that’s batting .667 or .1000, baseball friends!), and some nice hoots and hollers (and vaguely un-PC insults) from the bar where The Forgotten Rebels’ Chris Houston and Mickey DeSadist held court (happy birthday, Mickey.)  Big thanks to head honcho Lou “Looooooooooooou” Molinaro and whoever did the awesome job of projecting and blasting out the sound.   Alas, Michael Dent could not find a ride.

Rock ‘n’ roll bars have the best bathrooms.


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