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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.

Hey, ho — Let’s go to The 40th Anniversary of The Last Pogo!
This Saturday Dec 1 there will be a rare big-screen showing of The Last Pogo Jumps Again at Toronto’s Revue Cinema. Advance tickets on sale here, and tickets are going fast. We’re installing an exhibit of a couple of hundred handbills from that era (1976 – 1978) in the lobby.  See above for a rough idea, and thanks to everyone who sent us handbills when we were making ...
The Horseshoe Tavern 1978
The Horseshoe 1978. In May, 1978, after they left the New Yorker Theatre, partners Topp, Cormier and Silverman took over management of the Horseshoe Tavern, a dive bar that featured country and western music that was at the down-on-its-luck corner of Spadina and Queen. Opened in the 1940’s by Jack Starr, the Horseshoe had a massive main room that could hold five hundred people, and was a favourite hangout ...
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 ...
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.
Turned out a Punk
A couple of weeks ago, The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director/producer Colin Brunton ventured out to the west end of Toronto to sit down with Fucked Up’s lead singer Damian Abraham and be interviewed for Damian’s podcast Turned out a Punk. Nash the Slash playing with Breathless, circa 1973 Among other things, they talked about: Nash the Slash the punk before punk in Toronto;  bringing your teacher to ...
A Wake for Nash the Slash
Photo by Viliam Hrubovcak & Jolie Fejer. Thanks to Cathie Stanish, a friend and neighbour of Nash, there will be a public wake for Jeff “Nash the Slash” Plewman on Saturday June 21st at 5:00 p.m. at Nash’s local watering hole, Stratenger’s Restaurant and Bar in Toronto’s trendy Leslieville.   (Click here for a map.) Photo courtesy Historic Toronto blog. Leslieville wasn’t always trendy and Stratenger’s ...
R.I.P., Nash, you were one of a kind.
Screen shot from The Last Pogo Jumps Again. It was a terrible shock today to find out that our good friend Jeff “Nash the Slash” Plewman died over the weekend at his house in Toronto.  It’s a very sad day.  Our condolences to his family and friends. Nash would have appreciated the synchronicity we experienced here at Pogo H.Q.:   we were writing notes on the various extras we ...
Odd and sods blog
Montreal-based artist Rick Trembles did all of the graphics for our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again, as well as design the promotional t-shirt, poster and the font we used for subtitles.  If you wanna learn more about Rick’s artwork, then you should definitely be clicking on this link here, and watch a PowerPoint presentation.  Good stuff. We came upon this tweet by Globe & ...
Peter Vronsky’s Crash ‘n’ Burn movie
Screen shot John Catto of The Diodes The Last Pogo Jumps Again has a ton of 16mm film footage from 1977 and 1978.  One of the biggest contributors was filmmaker, author and university professor Peter Vronsky who let us use footage from his Crash ‘n’ Burn movie.  We asked Peter how it came about and what happened to the missing footage. Photo David Andoff “In 1977 I was living ...
Dan Huziak photos
As in our other blogs about the many Toronto photographers who contributed the 600+ stills we have in our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again, today’s blog features Dan Huziak‘s work.  We lugged a scanner over to Dan’s place and spent hours scanning old negatives.  Here’s some of the gems we came up with.  The photo above is of Dr.
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