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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 ...
1977 with The Ugly, Friday the 28th
If The Last Pogo Jumps Again DVD has whet your appetite for original punk, then go check out one of the true originals, The Ugly, Friday November 28 at the Rivoli in Toronto.  Back in 1977, they never called themselves “punks” — they called themselves “hoodlum rock,” because they could be truly dangerous. Mike Nightmare at The Last Pogo, 1978, photo copyright Edie Steiner. Late lead singer Mike ...
Digital Versatile Disc and Vimeo coming soon.
After starting our project in 2006, and after having a dozen theatrical screenings in Toronto and a couple of festivals, we’re just about ready to release our DVD and get it up on Vimeo for rental and purchase. The DVD will come with a 24 page colour booklet of handbills and photos, and an hour and a half of special features, including extended interviews, unused segments (Tommy ...
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 wasn’t ...
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 ...
Long time, no blog
With The Last Pogo Jumps Again producers/directors Kire Paputts and Colin Brunton busy (Kire developing his feature The Rainbow Kid; Colin producing a TV series), it’s been a long time since we posted anything.   Not that there’s not any news! Gary Topp (of The Garys, the promoters who booked all the cool bands in Toronto during the heyday — and before, and after — of punk/new-wave) was ...
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