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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.

The New Yorker Theatre, Toronto, 1976/1977
The New Yorker in the ’30’s when it was known as The Astor. In 1976, with The Original 99 Cent Roxy still pulling in crowds in the east end, Gary Topp and partner Jeff Silverman opened The New Yorker Theatre, on the Yonge Street Strip, fifty yards south of where the indie underground cinema CineCity once stood. The pinball parlour Funland was across street, and on the next block south ...
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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 ...
And that’s a wrap.
A Las Vegas Saskatchewan Smackdown!
Anywhere, Saskatchewan. Co-director Colin Brunton is holed up for a month in an hotel in Regina, Saskatchewan meticulously grinding through the current six-hour cut (!) of The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978, while counterpart and co-director Kire Paputts is living large in lurid Las Vegas with lady friend Liz ...
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 ...
Sit on my Facebook
So, does that song sound familiar?  Yup, the iconic Viletones tune “Possibilities” as performed by Nirvana (i.e. that 90’s band that sounded like any number of bands back in the late seventies.  But I guess we can’t diss Kurt too much if he had such good taste.)   The Diodes’ John Catto found this on his Internet machine, and turned us on to it via Facebook.    Peter Noble chimed ...
No Hippies Allowed!
This handbill for the punk music and clothing store New Rose was sent to us by Margarita Passion, who owned it with original Viletone Freddy Pompeii.   A favourite hang-out for all the young dudes.  This poster was designed by Freddy himself.   Both Margarita and Freddy are living in Phillie these days;  we’ve got interviews of the both of them for the new film, but Freddy’s was done in an extremely ...
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