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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.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

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There’s not much to report lately on The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 — except that we’re getting busier editing, and on the prowl for more photos and handbills and buttons, oh my.   If ya got stuff, it has to be 300 dpi, and the more the merrier.  Make sure you either have the rights, or can lead us to where we might find them.

But as important as this project might be, it obviously pales in comparison to the troubles in Haiti.  So a bit of a shout-out to all of our pals — help them out.  And for all of our film buddies, there’s a new Facebook site called Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is that’s directed at film and TV productions.  We’re urging them to give up “craft service” for a day, and donate the money to Doctors Without Borders, The Red Cross, and the Humanitarian Coalition instead.  So far the kid’s action TV series Connor Undercover is on board, and next Thursday the cast and crew will give up their constant stream of croissants, cappuccinos and cheese trays, charge PWYC for coffee — and see how much money we can send to our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  So, if you’re in the biz, check out the link Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and let’s see what we can do to make a difference.

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