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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 New Yorker Theatre, Toronto, 1976/1977
The New Yorker in the ’30’s when it was known as The Astor. In 1976, with The Original 99 Cent Roxy still pulling in crowds in the east end, Gary Topp and partner Jeff Silverman opened The New Yorker Theatre, on the Yonge Street Strip, fifty yards south of where the indie underground cinema CineCity once stood. The pinball parlour Funland was across street, and on the next block south ...
Go put on some Earth Shoes, hippie
Handbill from 1978 courtesy of Molten Core The jukebox at Pogo H.Q. was blaring out the set Edie “Edie the Egg Lady” Massey did with The Viletones at the Horseshoe Tavern in May, 1978. The band has rarely sounded better, but what was most entertaining was Edie’s banter with the audience. She singles out a hippie in the audience — “Hey, Hippie, go eat some brown rice!
One Train Later
Photo courtesy of He sold a guitar that would fetch $100K today to Eric Clapton for a couple of hundred bucks.  He jammed with Jimi Hendrix (Hendrix playing the bass, btw);  his band Zoot Money and The Big Roll Band tore up England in the mid-sixties;  Chas Chandler of The Animals gave him his first hit of Owsley LSD, and soon after he was swept up in psychedelia with the ...
Another typical week at The Garys’ Horseshoe Tavern in 1978
A couple of weeks at the The Garys’ Horseshoe Tavern in 1978.
The Horseshoe Tavern, circa 1981.  Photo by Hans Boldt.
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 ...
Hey, ho — let’s Pogo
After being M.I.A. for almost thirty years, The Last Pogo will finally be in record stores (and on-line here) October 14th. While it woulda been cute to sell it retail for $19.78, that’s a bit much for a half-hour film, so it’ll probably cost about twelve bucks or so. Twelve bucks! That’s nothin’! Nothin’, I tells ya! If you’re a first-time visitor/long-time listener, ...
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