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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.

Have your Razorcake, and eat it too.
The Mods at The Edge, ’79 or ’80;  courtesy Cindy Holmes Not a heck of a lot of shooting happening lately, but we’re starting to get the word out that we need more stuff.  Stuff as in high-res photos and handbills, and of course hints, leads and clues.  Co-director Kire Paputts has been hard at it the last month, organizing and editing the footage, and that’s no mean feat: we’ve got ...
Johnny Garbagecan; photo courtesy Nora Currie Oh, more on Johnny and Nora later.
Fightin’ the man
Peter Genest by Peter Bock, Torstar Hey, wanna help ruin a small business?  Be a city inspector, drop by a cool record/cd store, and then scare the owner by telling him that he’s gotta fork over some hard-earned dough to get a new kind of license that may or may not be needed.  Then titter as you find out how much time said owner has to spend going downtown and trying ...
Lines form on my face and hands…
Unidentified reveler, David Quinton, Greg Dick;  photo by Edie Steiner. And lines should be forming for a couple of way-cool shows coming your way soon.  This Thursday, April 16th there is going to be a pretty awesome line-up at the old Silver Dollar in Toronto: Blue Coupe in their first Toronto gig.  Who, might you ask, are Blue Coupe?  Who aren’t they?!   The Blue part is Joe and Albert Bouchard from ...
1977
Courtesy Gail Wetton, Molten Core
Japan’s DOLL Magazine love us long time, baby
Okay, so buy it already.  Twelve bucks.  Canadian! As we continue to shoot and edit The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we thought we’d make a pitch to you, dear reader, to buy a copy of The Last Pogo, the 1978 punk rock doc that has an amazing batting average of .1000 with critics and bloggers.  1000!  That’s like Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth birthing a super-baby — with A-Rod acting ...
Turning Japanese, I really think so
Courtesy of Imants Krumins Okay, we’re not exactly sure what the above review in Japan’s Doll Magazine says, but here’s hoping it spurs millions of people over there to order the DVD of The Last Pogo (it’s only $12.00!).  Or thousands.  Or even hundreds.   If anyone wants to take a crack at translating this, we’re all ears.
The Toronto Archives: Just like old times
Voodoo Priest (a hougan) with Last Pogo t-shirt in Haiti;  photo by Frank Polyak On Monday two Pogo staffers ventured out to get a handful of transition shots of Toronto to use in The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   The first one up was a shot of the city skyline, and so they went to The Docks, and discovered that it was much warmer in the Pogomobile than it was on ...
The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts in Venice, 2009.
Toronto Blue Jays and Punk
From the website glyphjockey.com;  check it! If there’s one thing here at Pogo H.Q. we like better than old-skool punk, it’s baseball.   And for lack of anything better to blog today, and grasping at straws trying to figure out how to give a plug to the best baseball blog ever — DrunkJaysFans — here’s some factoids for you to chew on. On the day the Toronto Blue Jays came into existence — ...
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