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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.

Paul of The Wads fixes Pogo H.Q.

Paul Ecknes of The Wads.
Photo by Joanie Noordover.

At Pogo Headquaraters (Pogo H.Q.) in the borough formerly known as East York, the staff of The Last Pogo were delightfully surprised to discover that the final touches on the office were being artistically rendered by none other than Paul Eknes, former lead-singer of The Wads, and later The Gunslingers. Making a tentative date to meet up later for a formal Q & A, Paul talked about seeing The Ramones for the first time when they broke Toronto’s punk virginity back in September 1976, and went on in hilarious detail about his first ever gig as a singer, fronting The Wads at a concert in Toronto. Mid-way into singing the apropo song “Brain Damage”, some lout in the audience hurled a full beer bottle at Paul, nailing him squarely on the head. Paul’s got the scar to prove it, and when we catch up with him again is going to show us the beer bottle cap that ripped his forehead (a Red Cap, by the way). (Paul’s doing awesome work on the office; singing away to himself, breaking only a couple of times for smokes, he’s meticulously painting the floor with a rubber stencil; looks waaaaaay cool).

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