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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.

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All of the following photos were done by Ross Taylor, and all taken between 1976 and 1980, and they’re all copyright.  First one above is The Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome with the Viletones’ Steven Leckie.  Cheetah is the only non-local featured in our feature doc The Last Pogo Jumps Again, because The Dead Boys played in Toronto a lot and Cheetah is awesome. (When the DVD release happens in 2014, the “added features” will include interviews with other non-locals like The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell, The Dictators‘ Adny Shernoff, The Police‘s Andy Summers, NYC filmmaker Amos Poe, legendary NYC photographer/manager/cool guy Danny Fields, and The Ramones‘ Tommy Ramone amongst others.)

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The Demics‘ bassist Iain Staines with lead singer, the late Keith Whittaker.  Originally from London, Ontario.

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Teenage Head‘s lead singer, the late great Frank “Frankie Venom” Kerr.

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More Frankie Venom with his “Disgusteen” t-shirt.

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Frankie Venom spreads his legs.

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Teenage Head’s Frankie Venom in focus and guitar player Gordie Lewis in the background.

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Johnny & The G-Rays’ Johnny MacLeod.   Him and fellow original G-Ray Harri Palm will be playing a gig at the Rivoli on November 9 with The Mods.

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The Fab Four:  The Ramones play Toronto for the first time at the New Yorker Theatre September 24, 25, 26, 1976.  Game changer.

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The Viletones’ Steven Leckie smashes a guitar at the Outrage concert in 1977.

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Steven Leckie leaps in the air as Gambi Bowker, amongst others, looks on.

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Zero4’s Zero, sporting illegal studded armbands, probably bought from New Rose.  In 1977, the police viewed anything studded as “illegal weapons” and would confiscate them, so Margarita Passion would sell them, literally, under the counter at her store.

The Last Pogo Jumps Again opens theatrically at The Big Picture Cinema at 1035 Gerrard Street East in Toronto on Friday November 1, and runs to Wednesday November 6.  There’s a 3:30 matinee on Sunday November 3, and another matinee on Thursday November 7 at 3:30.  All tix are $10.00;  the Thursday matinee is open for students and unemployed for $5.00.

 

 

 

 

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