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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.

A F#@ked Up Last Pogo
Lyric book.  All photos by David Mewa For a long time, CBC Radio producer Ron Skinner wanted to do something around The Last Pogo.  (For those of you new to these pages, The Last Pogo was the last punk concert at the Horseshoe Tavern when it was booked by legendary Toronto promoters The Garys.  Colin Brunton made a short film of it in 1978;  and now after six years ...
Suzanne Naughton’s An Afternoon at New Rose
Filmmaker Suzanne Naughton let us use footage from her short film An Afternoon at New Rose for our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  New Rose was the clothing/record store/hangout that fashion designer Margarita Passion started in 1977, when Margarita was the girlfriend of Viletone/Secrets’ Freddy Pompeii.  The pic above is a screen shot of Suzanne with then-boyfriend Bruce Pirrie. The idea for the store came about ...
Peter Vronsky’s Crash ‘n’ Burn movie
Screen shot John Catto of The Diodes The Last Pogo Jumps Again has a ton of 16mm film footage from 1977 and 1978.  One of the biggest contributors was filmmaker, author and university professor Peter Vronsky who let us use footage from his Crash ‘n’ Burn movie.  We asked Peter how it came about and what happened to the missing footage. Photo David Andoff “In 1977 I was living ...
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 ...
Dan Huziak photos
As in our other blogs about the many Toronto photographers who contributed the 600+ stills we have in our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again, today’s blog features Dan Huziak‘s work.  We lugged a scanner over to Dan’s place and spent hours scanning old negatives.  Here’s some of the gems we came up with.  The photo above is of Dr.
Cinema and Punk
The opening shot of the title sequence for our film The Last Pogo Jumps Again is a photo of an empty movie theatre, The Allenby, opened in 1936.  It would become The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre (just 243 steps from the Greenwood subway station!) in 1972, run by Gary Topp.   As Stephen Perry of the radio show Equalizing X Distort (on the University of Toronto’s radio ...
Ross Taylor pics
All of the following photos were done by Ross Taylor, and all taken between 1976 and 1980, and they’re all copyright.  First one above is The Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome with the Viletones’ Steven Leckie.  Cheetah is the only non-local featured in our feature doc The Last Pogo Jumps Again, because The Dead Boys played in Toronto a lot and Cheetah is awesome.
Edie Steiner Pix
We had a lot of support from the community putting together our film The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  One of our pals, photographer Edie Steiner, gave us a bunch of shots she did at the original Last Pogo concert from December 1 1978.  (There are about 600 photos in the film;  here’s some of them.)  This first shot is the aftermath of the concert, when the ...
Toronto 1977: Gays and Punks
The punk scene started up in Toronto in late 1976 and there weren’t many places to play.  When The Viletones began burning bridges in ’77, with owners scared to let them into their clubs, manager Tibor Takacs had to search for someplace new.  He ended up at Club David’s, a gay nightclub at the intersection of two laneways near Yonge and Bloor.  (Read about David’s history here ...
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,  ...
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