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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 Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre: a brief history
In our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we trace the origins and history of the first wave of punk and new-wave music in Toronto (and Hamilton and London) circa 1976 to 1978.  There was no better place to start than at an extremely smokey theatre in the east end of Toronto.
Cinema and Punk
The opening shot of the title sequence for our film The Last Pogo Jumps Again is a photo of an empty movie theatre, The Allenby, opened in 1936.  It would become The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre (just 243 steps from the Greenwood subway station!) in 1972, run by Gary Topp.   As Stephen Perry of the radio show Equalizing X Distort (on the University of Toronto’s radio ...
Go put on some Earth Shoes, hippie
Handbill from 1978 courtesy of Molten Core The jukebox at Pogo H.Q. was blaring out the set Edie “Edie the Egg Lady” Massey did with The Viletones at the Horseshoe Tavern in May, 1978. The band has rarely sounded better, but what was most entertaining was Edie’s banter with the audience. She singles out a hippie in the audience — “Hey, Hippie, go eat some brown rice!
Hey, pretty little face! Pretty little face you got there.
Hand drawn artwork by John Pearson;  courtesy Cheryl Daniels The poster above was hand drawn by artist John Pearson for the midnight screenings of Pink Flamingos at The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre in 1972.  Who would have guessed that six years later Edith Massey (Edie the Egg Lady) would get up on stage at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto backed up by the original Viletones (less Leckie) and pound out ...
I’ll take today, you take tomorrow
Teenage Head/Last Pogo display at Dr. Disc’s in The Hammer It’s been a busy week since the passing of iconic Teenage Head frontman Frank “Frankie Venom” Kerr.  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and now the dust is settling.   No word yet on any official tributes, but once we know, you’ll know. Pogo H.Q. cut a cheque for Frankie’s children today (and we urge you to do the same;  details in the ...
Here a pogo, there a pogo, everywhere a Last Pogo
The continued shooting and editing of The Last Pogo Jumps Again has been put on hold for a couple of weeks while we get ready for the DVD release of the original film, The Last Pogo.   We’ve never visited the post-office so much as we have in the last week, shipping orders to stores in San Diego, Glendale, and Chicago;  dropping samples off at local Toronto stores;  and grabbing the ...
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