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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.

Shit Bandit Talking Heads and The Dishes


“The art scene and the punk scene were completely intertwined,” says Erika Larner.  A regular at the Toronto’s infamous Crash ‘n’ Burn club in ’77, she now works on TV series and feature films in the wardrobe department.


The Shit Bandit was a performance group who played at C.E.A.C., The Centre for Experimental Art and Communication in 1976.


In the summer of 1977, CEAC lent their basement space to Ralph Alfonso and The Diodes for a half dozen weeks =  The Crash ‘n’ Burn = Dead Boys, Diodes, Viletones, Teenage Head = Thin Lizzy (“The Boys Are Back In Town) lead singer getting in a fight with The Ugly‘s front-man Mike Nightmare after trying to duck the $2.00 cover charge because he was, y’know, Phil Lynott.


A Space was one of the other avant-garde art collectives in Toronto in 1976.  Google A Space:  “…an artist-run gallery that features politically engaged issue oriented programming that is inclusive of a wide range of media, disciplines and views.” Like that, since 1970.


The Government came out of here, and The Hummer Sisters and The Talking Heads concert in early 1977 (the three piece!) for starters.  Above is Andy Paterson of The Government, smoking a butt.  Photo copyright Bobbe Besold.


General Idea was the other rare avant-garde collectives in Toronto in 1976, created by Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson.  General Idea founded Art Metropole in 1974, dedicated to “art in multiple format.” In ’78 they designed the cover of The DishesHot Property EP.

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 $5.00.



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