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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.

Gail Bryck photos
When Gail Bryck took photos, she’d use a long exposure.  This is a shot of The Viletones’ Steven Leckie showing off his scars — and an unfortunate glimpse of a swastika patch on guitarist Freddy Pompeii. Zero4’s Zero with innkeeper of the 404 speak-easy, Gambi Bowker.  It’s as shocking now — if not more so than it was — to see how blithely people sported swastikas.  This ...
The Tremblays: Battling Nazis and bad music since 1941.
Montreal artist & guitarist Rick Trembles created the font, comics, poster and T-shirts (on sale here!) for our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and his father Jack Tremblay co-created Rick. Jack Tremblay was born in 1926 in Rhode Island.  The family moved to Thunder Bay (or Tunder Bay for those with a French-Canadian accent), and then finally settled in Montreal when Jack was eight.  ...
What’s not in 1976
If you go see The Last Pogo Jumps Again, you’ll see a Toronto that is very different from the one you know today.  There was lots of stuff that just didn’t exist in 1976. Like gun violence.  It was rumoured that Ugly lead singer Mike Nightmare always packed a piece, and he was a bona-fide criminal, so that was a legit tool of the trade, I guess,  ...
By the time we got to the Horseshoe, we were half a thousand strong…
Wow, was it really forty years ago that there was Woodstock and three days of peace, love and understanding in a muddy pig farm in Bethel, New York?  What’s so funny about that?   Nothing much really, but when you’re doing a blog on Punk Rock (and more specifically the feature-film in-the-making, The Last Pogo Jumps Again) you tend to search out threads and degrees of separation on any musical thingy ...
Prayin’ to Elvis on my knees…
Deal with the Devil;  copyright Kim Northrop.  Check out his art at kimnorthrop.com A year after interviewing the Topp half of The Garys, we’ve now chatted with the other half, sexy man-beast Cormier.   Gary had tons of interesting stuff to say on the partnership with Gary Topp and their years at the New Yorker and Horseshoe Tavern and The Edge and punk and rock and roll. Coming up this week is ...
Johnny Garbagecan; photo courtesy Nora Currie Oh, more on Johnny and Nora later.
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 ...
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