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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.

Sunday funnies

A quiet Sunday at Pogo H.Q. was pleasantly interrupted when one of the Pogo Interns returned from Crappy Tire with a load of mulch for the prize-winning Pogo H.Q. Garden, and spotted Alex “Runt” Currie painting up a van in his driveway in beautiful East York.

The work was commissioned by a guy who was going to take it to Burning Man (note to male readers over 50:  nothing to do with urinary tract infections.)   Runt was baptized into the world of cool Toronto counter-culture when as a 12 year-old his mother (who sadly passed away a few weeks ago, just shy of 90) would drop him off at Gary Topp‘s infamous Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre to take in the cinematic and musical offerings.   In our feature — currently in the last hours of mixing and transferring stuff — one of the ideas is that a lot of the original punks took in the way-coolness of the Roxy, where one night you were watching a Bunuel film, the next a Russ Meyers flick — and later turned it into Punk.

Alex and his Mom were, absolutely, the cutest of the Roxy regular couples;  the witty and trusting Mom, and the precocious, polite, and happy kid.  Entering his twenties, Alex came up with the pen-name Runt, and started working more or less as a full-time artist.

And in one of those holy-geez-its-a-small-and-sometimes-eerie-small-world, Runt was painting to the beat of The Secrets, The Viletones, and The Curse, nailing at least three songs that are in our epic The Last Pogo Jumps Again.

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