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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.

On with the show, this is it.
Okay, we’ve got the final line-up, so here ya go.   A couple of last minute fiddlings, and we’re now set.  We couldn’t get everyone out to the party (The Second Last Pogo?), but we’ve got a jam-packed evening lined up.  And who knows who else might drop in at the last minute.  Speaking of the last minute, as of Sunday, November 9 the show is either half sold out (if ...
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 ...
Francis Hannah Kerr, a.k.a. Frankie Venom, 1957 – 2008
Steve Mahon and Frankie Venom at The Last Pogo, 1978 “It is with great sadness that Gord Lewis of Teenage Head announces the tragic passing earlier today of Canadian icon Frank Kerr, a.k.a. Frankie Venom, of natural causes.” So said a spokesperson at Sonic Unyon Records today. According to news reports Frankie found out he had throat cancer about a month ago.  He was able to spend Thanksgiving weekend with his family before ...
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 ...
Giving up the Ghost of ’78. Or not.
Freddy Pompeii with The Secrets at The Last Pogo, December 1st, 1978.  Photo copyright Edie Stiener. Rock-steady crew member Ollie Brunton partied away his 16th birthday at Pogo H.Q.,  and the monopolization of all TV, Internet, and munchies for the evening allowed director Colin Brunton to go through some of the DVDs and tapes he’s been given over the past few years.   Short films by Suzanne Naughton and Bruce Pirrie;   hours ...
1977 Hoodlum Rockers The Ugly
Check out http://www.geocities.com/urotsukidoji_1/ugly.html for more Ugly stuff And the hits just keep on comin’.   For anyone new to this site, you should know that for the past couple of years in Toronto there’s been a bit of a surge of musicians getting together to pound out old tunes from the 1976/77/78 punk era in Toronto and Hamilton.   Some, like The Forgotten Rebels and Teenage Head have been doing it since those ...
Kickin’ ass and takin’ names
The Screwed — Cleave Anderson, John Borra, Steve Koch and Steve Scarlett — continue their almost weekly assault on the senses as they hit Graffiti’s Bar and Grill for a late afternoon shin-dig and hullabaloo this Saturday at 4:00. And if he couldn’t be busier, a couple of months ago Cleave handed over a song he’d written and recorded called The Last Pogo; we’re sure to squeeze it into the ...
A shot in the dark and a kick in the head
Zero of ZRO4; photo Nathan Robinson A blast from the past last Friday at the grungy old-skool watering hole The Silver Dollar in Toronto as first-wave punkers ZR04 and Tyranna hit the stage and played the hits. Camera operator/solar panel dude Dave Watts earned a camera operator credit for The Last Pogo Jumps Again by simultaneously shooting footage and consuming large amounts of suspect beer in “very low-light” ...
Please release me
Drive-in in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. With the Last Pogo crew scattered to the four winds (actually, just one wind — the westerly one breezing through Saskatchewan; everything else is blowing back in Toronto), The Last Pogo Jumps Again is in a bit of a holding pattern as director Kire Paputts continues to upload all the footage after the hard-drive took a dry dive to its death; director Colin Brunton reviews ...
The Ugly: If you don’t have Nightmare, ya got Dick.
Pogo crew member Ollie Brunton, June 2008, and then July 2008. Greg Dick that is. Hairstylist to the fabulous and radio journalist for CIUT-FM, Greg will be fronting a 2008 version of The Ugly, trying his best to replace the irreplaceable original singer/madman Mike Nightmare. Backed with original scene stalwarts Steve Koch, Tony Torcher and Screamin’ Sam Ferrara, the new gang will be unleashed on July 12th ...
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