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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.

Postcards from Toronto

Sixties draft dodger-turned-chief economist-for-a-Canadian-big-ass-corporation and writer and postcard collector John Chuckman gave us these gems to share.  Four chickens on a skewer, coming up!

The very left edge shows a bit of the Empress Hotel, which sadly burned to the ground last week.  But hey  — how awesome was Yonge Street then?! Movie theatres alone there’s the Biltmore, the Downtown and the Imperial.   (This looks like a painting, no? Someone from the Group of Seven had they lived in Toronto in the seventies?)   A few years after this postcard was made — September 24 1976 to be exact — and about a mile north — about a kilometre and a bit north, to be exact —   the Ramones would play the New Yorker Theatre (at 651 Yonge Street,)  blow minds, and punctuate the beginning of the punk rock scene in Toronto as evidenced in our film The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978.

Sam the Record Man before the gaudy gigantic neon turntable.   Filmmaker Ron Mann worked at Sam’s, and was a regular at Gary Topp’s The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre, as were a lot of people who ended up part of Toronto’s punk rock scene.

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