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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.

How many punks does it take to change a lightbulb?

Things are humming at Pogo H.Q. and all the bands lined up for the Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash are busy rehearsing, paring down their sets, picking out their clothes and avoiding various friends and long-lost relatives who’re hoping to get onto the guest list.  There’s still a handful of tickets left, so scoot down to the Horseshoe, Hits ‘n’ Misses, Rotate This or Soundscapes — or get on-line at Ticketmaster, fork over ten big ones, and feel safe and secure that you’ll get into the show.

The Last Pogo Jumps Again directors Colin Brunton, Aldo Erdic and Kire Paputts are scouting the Horseshoe Tavern tonight, doing what you call a “tech survey” to make sure there are bright enough bulbs in various spots for the four or five cameras we’ll have on hand the night of the party.  (“How many punks does it take to change a lightbulb?  1…2…3…4!”)

Pogo publicist Woody Whelan (or Pogolicist) continues to work the room with The Last Pogo director Brunton, continuing to line up interviews on TV, radio and print, and the Pogo Mail Order Room is awaiting more orders.  So order today!

Don’t miss legenday ex-Dead Boy Cheetah Chrome as he joins locals The Screwed for a show this Thursday, November 20th at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto, and a couple of nights later in Hamilton at a new place called This Ain’t Hollywood.  (And really, if there’s any place that ain’t Hollywood, it’s Hamilton.)

Speaking of Hamilton, local hero and Simply Saucer head honcho Edgar Breau makes a rare Toronto appearance tonight at Mitzi’s Sister.  Edgar will regale the the crowd with an eclectic mix of solo and Saucer tunes.

And speaking of “ain’t”, the bookstore that London’s The Guardian voted as the 8th best bookstore in the world, iconic Toronto hot-spot for words ‘n’ stuff, This Ain’t The Rosedale Library is now stocking dvds of The Last Pogo at their new location in the heart of Kensington Market, 86 Nassau to be specific.

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