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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.

Toronto International Fucking Film Festival
Bright lights, big city TIFFF — the Toronto International Film Fucking Festival –kicks off this Thursday with a gala screening of a 3D U2 movie called U23D.   From what we can gather, it’s about the Irish rock band U2 — plus, its in 3D. The Bovine Sex Club, photo copyright Alexa Vachon The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto, Hamilton and London, Ontario ...
Tank rolls on…
L – R: Tony Torcher, Sam Ferrara, Steven Leckie, and Steve Koch; photo by Ross Taylor. First, the good news. Dave “Tank” Roberts has put the worst behind him after a week-long stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto. We spoke to him today, he sounded great, and he hopes to be home in a day or two.
The Ugly: If you don’t have Nightmare, ya got Dick.
Pogo crew member Ollie Brunton, June 2008, and then July 2008. Greg Dick that is. Hairstylist to the fabulous and radio journalist for CIUT-FM, Greg will be fronting a 2008 version of The Ugly, trying his best to replace the irreplaceable original singer/madman Mike Nightmare. Backed with original scene stalwarts Steve Koch, Tony Torcher and Screamin’ Sam Ferrara, the new gang will be unleashed on July 12th ...
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