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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.

Shadowy Men

A  young Don Pyle photographed by Carm Ferrari

Ex Crash Kills Five and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet  Don Pyle kindly sent us some photos of Tyrrana and himself as a younger man, including the one above, by Carm Ferrari.  Don wrote Pogo H.Q. a note to remind them that prior to the Ramones second show at the New Yorker, in the spring of ’77, he asked theatre manager (and Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director) Colin Brunton how he could get a Ramones’ autograph.  According to Don, Colin told him to just go downstairs to the dressing room and ask them.  Which he did.  (Is it just me or were things just a little bit looser in the seventies?)

No security concerns despite police in the poster.

Co-director Kire Paputts ventured to the wilds of Guelph, Ontario yesterday to chat with The Dishes‘ saxophone player, Michael LaCroix;  last weekend Kire interviewed Dishes’ keyboard player Glenn Schellenberg;  dishing out dishes’ details soon…

Ad for 1978’s Dishes’ EP Hot Property.

Waiting to receive our DVD of Truck Stop Women from filmmaker Mark Lester to augment the section of our film that touches on The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre.   Truck Stop Women was a favourite at the Roxy, where loads of people who would later be involved in the scene used to go.  Mark Lester later directed the feature Class of ’84, featuring Teenage Head.

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