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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.

“Free buttons…Cynthia Ross…Damian Abraham!”
“Free buttons…Stacey Case…Cynthia Ross…Damian Abraham!” Here’s some buttons, designed by Stacey Case, that we’re giving away to the stores and our shop when you buy a DVD. Wait, what?! You not only get a three a half hour critically acclaimed documentary and a hundred minutes of awesome stuff AND a 24 page booklet designed by Alicia Romigio — but you get these cool buttons ...
Don’t trash The Trash Palace
The Trash Palace screening of a 16mm print of The Last Pogo (1978;  25 minutes) has been moved to Friday May 30th.  Just like how the Last Pogo concert closed down the Horseshoe Tavern in a riotous explosion of punk glory, complete with broken tables and chairs on December 1, 1978, the screening of The Last Pogo (with a surprise feature film before it) will close down Stacey ...
Long time, no blog
With The Last Pogo Jumps Again producers/directors Kire Paputts and Colin Brunton busy (Kire developing his feature The Rainbow Kid; Colin producing a TV series), it’s been a long time since we posted anything.   Not that there’s not any news! Gary Topp (of The Garys, the promoters who booked all the cool bands in Toronto during the heyday — and before, and after — of punk/new-wave) was ...
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