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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.

Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll


From the April issue of Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll

This months Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll has a six-page transcription of an interview Last Pogo director Colin Brunton did with Greg Dick at CIUT-FM in 2009, after The Last Pogo was released on DVD (and still available for only $12.00!)   It’s distributed in sixty countries so lots of folks overseas will get a small taste of the kind of action we had here in 1976 – 1979.   There’s lots more pics in the article (big thanks for Stephe Perry of CIUT for gathering up the jpgs, and for Molten Core and Imants Krumins for originally digging them up.)

For those keeping score at home, from top left:  ad for The Last Pogo from The Big Takeover;  July ’78 handbill from the Horseshoe Tavern; another July handbill from the Horseshoe.  Second row:  David Andoff ad for The John Cale Band at the New Yorker February 1977 (handdrawn gun and custom lettering, btw);  Jun ’78 Horseshoe handbill;  Music Hall concert in 1979, featuring the premiere of The Last Pogo.  Bottom row:  June handbill from the Horseshoe;  another June handbill from the Horseshoe;  insert from The Last Pogo album.

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