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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.

The Last Pogo (1979; 25 minutes) and The Last Pogo Jumps Again (2013; 204 minutes)
THE LAST POGO (1979; 26 minutes) Produced and Directed by Colin Brunton and Patrick Lee; Edited by Patrick Lee Buy it on Vimeo for $9.95 CDN, or rent it for $3.73. From Dangerous Minds: “In 1978, Toronto (and some Hamilton) punks answered Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, a movie lousy with Canadians, by putting on their own star-studded farewell concert at the city’s Horseshoe Tavern.
Turn and face the strange
As we hit the 40th anniversary of punk rock, we here at Pogo HQ are not surprised that our public broadcaster wrote a story about the UK’s Punk Rock 40th anniversary celebrations recently, but not a peep about the rich history we have here in Canada. Ignoring our artists is a bit of a tradition here in Canada.
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 ...
Postcards from Toronto Sixties draft dodger-turned-chief economist-for-a-Canadian-big-ass-corporation and writer and postcard collector John Chuckman gave us these gems to share.  Four chickens on a skewer, coming up! The very left edge shows a bit of the Empress Hotel, which sadly burned to the ground last week.  But hey  — how awesome was Yonge Street then?!
Misheard Lyrics Hall of Fame
There is no justice. Okay, we all know about the idiots who thought that Jimi Hendrix was singing “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy” rather than the correct “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.”  Boneheads! Are you effing stupid?!  But…we humbly hung our heads in shame in a sad corner of Pogo H.
The Viletones nominated for Canada’s Walk of Fame!
Okay, not quite yet, but here’s hoping.   Original Viletone Freddy Pompeii has been starting to lobby his Facebook pals to nominate The Viletones to Canada’s Walk of Fame. Haven’t heard of it? Don’t worry, you ain’t missing much.   The Research & Development Division of The Last Pogo Jumps Again haven’t been too deep into any sort of investigation or anything, but something’s kind of rotten in Denmark when apart from ...
Thinking outside the box-office
The New Yorker box-office, September 1976;  photo by Brad Foster (we think.) Continuing to organize the archives at Pogo H.Q., the better to get set for some fancy footwork during post-production of The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we came across this photo of the New Yorker box-office.  Very top left you can see the handbill for the first Ramones show that artist John Pearson did with a sharpie in about fifteen ...
Johnny Garbagecan; photo courtesy Nora Currie Oh, more on Johnny and Nora later.
Not so under construction after all!
Okay, we’re not really under construction — we’re just busy.   We haven’t dropped the ball on our beloved project The Last Pogo Jumps Again, but when people are paying your wage to work on other projects, it would just be downright rude to ignore call-times, melt-downs, and shooting schedules on some other TV/Film project, and secretly edit the new project.   So it’s all about time.  And money.  Which we don’t ...
Courtesy Gail Wetton and Molten Core — google ’em!
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