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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.

Gail Bryck photos
When Gail Bryck took photos, she’d use a long exposure.  This is a shot of The Viletones’ Steven Leckie showing off his scars — and an unfortunate glimpse of a swastika patch on guitarist Freddy Pompeii. Zero4’s Zero with innkeeper of the 404 speak-easy, Gambi Bowker.  It’s as shocking now — if not more so than it was — to see how blithely people sported swastikas.  This ...
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 ...
What’s not in 1976
If you go see The Last Pogo Jumps Again, you’ll see a Toronto that is very different from the one you know today.  There was lots of stuff that just didn’t exist in 1976. Like gun violence.  It was rumoured that Ugly lead singer Mike Nightmare always packed a piece, and he was a bona-fide criminal, so that was a legit tool of the trade, I guess,  ...
Its Picture Day!
Audience at the Crash ‘n’ Burn;  photo copyright Dan Huziak Hey, while we wait for the sound design to be completed, we’re getting the fellas at Maltese Media to blur out some faces for us, make our map movement a little cooler, do the industry standard colour correct, and fiddle around with our title sequence.  The film will be all done by June — the project we started almost ...
Happy Anniversary, Last Pogo
Yea, so it was 33 years ago that The Garys presented The Last Pogo at Toronto’s venerable Horseshoe Tavern.  Beauty first, safety last was the rule of the night as 800 sweating kids crammed into a bar with a capacity of 500. A fat drunk detective waddled up from the bar around midnight to slur to Teenage Head as they took the stage that they could only ...
It’s a Slash Booze & Marsbar Weekend
Brian Baird (a.k.a. Slash Booze) was a high-school pal of Teenage Head, and is credited with shaping their sound by turning them on to Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochrane, and shaping their attitude by suggesting song titles like Disgusteen and Teenage Beer Drinking Party.  Today the Pogomobile ventures down to St. Catherine’s to visit Brian and find out his take on The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete ...
Hemingway Hated Disco Music
An absolutely rollicking week at Pogo H.Q.: We topped off last week by chatting with fangirl Erika Larner, who’s lineage goes from  Gary Topp’s Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre, where many seeds of punkish suberversion were planted,  to the Ontario College of Art when it was directed by avante-garde administrator Roy Ascott to helping and hanging out with OCA-based bands like The Cads, and Oh Those Pants, and selling beer at ...
Typical Grrrls
Photo by the amazing Rodney Bowes that warrants more than an italicized sub-title Now, that’s what I call a fucking photograph: The Curse’s Mickey Skin sporting her lobotomy scar;  Dr. Bourque cosying up to Sam Ferrara;  Trixie Danger;  Deborah “Blondie” Harry, The Diodes’ Paul Robinson;  to the right of Blondie, Patsy Poison and The Diodes’/Secrets‘ John Hamilton. Highaperture.com Today the Pogomobile loaded up co-directors Kire Paputts and Aldo Erdic and descended on a ...
Release the hounds
A phrase that could mean different things for different people (and I mean you!)  Suffice to say, here at Pogo H.Q. we’re ramping up all of our work on The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and hope to picture lock this winter, and then go through the grueling post-production phase and get this sucker out there in 2010. While co-director Brunton makes his yearly pilgrimage to Indian Head, Saskatchewan, directing and editing ...
More songs about food and buildings.
Okay, maybe just a blog about buildings. One of the staff here at the bustling headquarters of the feature film The Last Pogo Jumps Again got a new pal on MySpace called Clash on the Danforth 1979, a group for people who went to the old Rex Theatre on Danforth Avenue in 1979 to see The Clash and Toronto’s own B-Girls.  Said staff member doesn’t recall much about the show, being ...
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