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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.

“Jesus what a motherlode!” and other neat phrases
Rick Trembles, who designed the font, poster, and comic pieces in the film came up with this gem the other day.  The Pogo H.Q. sweatshop workers had them mounted on foam core then put some easel backings on, and this weekend they’ll be displayed in the stores in Toronto that carry our DVD (see here for details on where you can buy it.) Nice words ...
Nice words from Jersey Beat
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Just in time for the holidays
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 ...
You’re going to need a bigger box of popcorn.
Toronto 1976 – 1978:  Queen St West was a ghost-town; you weren’t allowed to put handbills up on telephone poles, and you could get arrested for wearing studded collars and yelled at if your hair was dyed purple. After starting this project in 2006, our Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) of our monster 204 minute documentary,  The Last Pogo Jumps Again, is out. Its the original 204 minute documentary, ...
Digital Versatile Disc and Vimeo coming soon.
After starting our project in 2006, and after having a dozen theatrical screenings in Toronto and a couple of festivals, we’re just about ready to release our DVD and get it up on Vimeo for rental and purchase. The DVD will come with a 24 page colour booklet of handbills and photos, and an hour and a half of special features, including extended interviews, unused segments (Tommy ...
DVD coming soon
We’re hard at work here at Pogo H.Q. readying the DVD release of our punk rock doc The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   Apart from the two-part, 204 minute doc, we’re currently putting together a bunch of “added features” including new pieces on Nash the Slash and The Original 99 Cent Roxy;  the classic animated short Bambi Meets Godzilla;  a couple of mid-seventies movie trailers; an excerpt from the ...
A Wake for Nash the Slash
Photo by Viliam Hrubovcak & Jolie Fejer. Thanks to Cathie Stanish, a friend and neighbour of Nash, there will be a public wake for Jeff “Nash the Slash” Plewman on Saturday June 21st at 5:00 p.m. at Nash’s local watering hole, Stratenger’s Restaurant and Bar in Toronto’s trendy Leslieville.   (Click here for a map.) Photo courtesy Historic Toronto blog. Leslieville wasn’t always trendy and Stratenger’s ...
R.I.P., Nash, you were one of a kind.
Screen shot from The Last Pogo Jumps Again. It was a terrible shock today to find out that our good friend Jeff “Nash the Slash” Plewman died over the weekend at his house in Toronto.  It’s a very sad day.  Our condolences to his family and friends. Nash would have appreciated the synchronicity we experienced here at Pogo H.Q.:   we were writing notes on the various extras we ...
New Screenings Announced
After a nice eight screening run at the Big Picture Cinema in Toronto’s east end, we’re making our way west, and have a couple of dates at the Royal Theatre Toronto, 608 College Street.  Wednesday February 26 at 9:00, and then a Sunday matinee on March 2 at 4:00 Without a distributor or broadcaster, we’ve been relying on social media and word of mouth to let people ...
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