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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.

“Jesus what a motherlode!” and other neat phrases

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Rick Trembles, who designed the font, poster, and comic pieces in the film came up with this gem the other day.  The Pogo H.Q. sweatshop workers had them mounted on foam core then put some easel backings on, and this weekend they’ll be displayed in the stores in Toronto that carry our DVD (see here for details on where you can buy it.)

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Nice words from Jack Rabid from the NYC-based magazine The Big Takeover!   It’s hard to get attention in Toronto, let alone the USA, so it’s great to see that some of the US critics that received comps back in November are getting around to watching it.  And liking it.

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Gavin McInnes of VICE watched his comp as well, and while he thought it was “great, but very esoteric” he thought it was a bit too “niche” to make any real headway outside of Canada. Great, esoteric, and niche?  We’ll take “kudos” for a thousand, Alex!

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