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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.

Looooooooooooooooooooooou!
A small wet crowd at This Ain’t Hollywood last night in Hamilton for the cast ‘n’ crew screening — but they were enthusiastic, and were there to watch the movie, and not just drink beer.  A handful of people from Toronto made the drive out to The Hammer to see the film for the second or third time (that’s batting .667 or .1000, baseball friends!), and some nice ...
And that’s a wrap.
The Agoraphobic Cowboy
Cover of the 2006 Grammy nominated album by Rick Moranis. As we wind down the project, our focus is mostly on clearing rights for the 600+ photos, 50+ songs, and miles of archival footage we’re using for our epic punk rock doc The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto, Hamilton and London, Ontario Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 ...
Six Degrees of Tim Horton
We’re all only a few degrees away from Tim Horton One of the last images in the epic five hour punkumentary-in-progress, The Last Pogo Jumps Again is of The Forgotten Rebels’ Chris Houston and Mickey DeSadist revisiting a favourite Tim Horton’s donut shop they used to frequent in the late seventies in The Hammer. Many people who would end up being part of the Toronto punk rock scene ...
Liverpool Ontario
“The Courier” from Magical Mystery Tour. A steady rain and overcast sky seemed somehow fitting for a tour of punk/new-wave/alternate sites in Hamilton today, lead by original Forgotten Rebels’ Chris Houston and Mickey DeSadist.  We met up with them at Picks and Sticks, where Chris (along with Teenage Head’s Gordie Lewis) teaches Heartbreakers, Viletones, and Ramones tunes to fresh-faced ten-year-olds;  Teenage Head drummer Jack Pedlar was fiddling with a drum set ...
Shave the baby
There’s a whole pile of vets blowing through town in the next month, and it’s back to school time.   So grab your notebooks and some fake i.d. and get ready to watch some punk pioneers throw it down.  Sit down, shut up and learn.  Or stay home and shave the baby. Cheetah Chrome, ex-Dead Boy and Rocket from the Tombs, will be playing with Toronto’s premiere punk cover band (originals ...
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 ...
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 ...
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