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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.

Bloodied but Unbowed
Just as we wind down our interviews (only a half-dozen or so to go) filmmaker Susan Tabata has managed to complete her feature on old-skool Vancouver punk, Bloodied but Unbowed. The poster above sums it up nicely. We’ll let ya know when we get wind of a Toronto screening. Meanwhile, check out the link on the right for more info.
Talk – Action = Zero
Today The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978‘s left coast director Tristan Orchard sat down for a couple of hours with Joey Keithley, a.k.a. Joey Shithead of D.O.A. and Sudden Death Records fame. The Skulls’ 1977 fanzine Drones;  courtesy D.O.A., from Imants Krumins’ archives. The focus of the interview was Joey’s pre D.O.A.
The Last Pogo Jumps Again’s Fucked Up
Pink Eyes gives the one-finger salute to some band he doesn’t like.  Photo Kire Paputts Fucked Up‘s Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham spent an hour being interviewed for The Last Pogo Jumps Again in one of his favourite hang-outs, used vinyl store Hit’s ‘n’ Misses.  Waxing poetic about the influence of first-wave punk and raving about the Toronto bands that inspired him — The Viletones, The Diodes & more —  he was ...
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