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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.

Like stamp collecting, but with less licking

Homemade pin courtesy of Deirdre Wear

A G-Man came to the door of Pogo H.Q. today and hand-delivered a package from the hinterlands (east coast) that contained a bunch of cool jpgs of photos ‘n’ stuff, so a big thanks to Deirdre Wear.  If anyone out there reading this is in the mainland Maritimes, and you’ve got a nice video camera, etc., give us a buzz — Deirdre has shared some great stories with us via the Internet Machine, and it would be cool to get her on tape.

The Mods, back in the day;  photo Dierdre Wear.

There might be a few tickets left for the show this week at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto:  The Ugly, The Mods and The Superstitions, with DJ O.P.P.   The fun starts at nine.   Founding Punk Godfathers Steve Koch, Tony Torture, Sam Ferrara and Greg Dick (in lieu of the late, great Mike NIghtmare) are The Ugly, and all of the original members of The Mods — Greg Trinier, David Quinton, Scott Marks, and Mark Dixon — will be there.  Word on the street is that first band up The Superstitions will be taking names and kickin’ ass.   And if that ain’t enough, DJ O.P.P. will be spinning gold on turntables.   Plus beer, old friends, etc.

Dierdre Wear, back in the day, courtesty Dierdre Wear.

This weekend’s gig with The Ugly, The Mods and The Superstitions coincides with the third birthday/whatever of our work-in-progress The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  It was three years ago we got the idea to start hunting down all the bands and fans from the early punk days in Toronto, and our first day of shooting was June 6, 2006 (for those keeping satanic score, that’d be, weirdly, 6/6/06.)  We’re still going strong-ish.  There’s still a bit of shooting to do — what would a film about Toronto punk be without so-and-so and whats-her-name — and we continue to collect jpgs of photos, while flaunting the dvd of the original movie that ultimately spawned this one, The Last Pogo.   Big thanks to everyone out there who’s been sending in stuff and lending a hand.

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