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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.

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Sunday funnies
A quiet Sunday at Pogo H.Q. was pleasantly interrupted when one of the Pogo Interns returned from Crappy Tire with a load of mulch for the prize-winning Pogo H.Q. Garden, and spotted Alex “Runt” Currie painting up a van in his driveway in beautiful East York. The work was commissioned by a guy who was going to take it to Burning Man (note to male readers over ...
Vice. And versa.
When former Viletone Steven Leckie took to the stage at The Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash at the Horseshoe Tavern back in 2008, he told the audience (to paraphrase via shoddy memory) that he could “…quote more lines from A Clockwork Orange than things my father told me.” In one of the three interviews we did with Leckie for our soon-to-be-completed project The Last Pogo Jumps Again, ...
Shadowy Men
A  young Don Pyle photographed by Carm Ferrari Ex Crash Kills Five and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet  Don Pyle kindly sent us some photos of Tyrrana and himself as a younger man, including the one above, by Carm Ferrari.  Don wrote Pogo H.Q. a note to remind them that prior to the Ramones second show at the New Yorker, in the spring of ’77, he asked theatre ...
Talks Cheap
Hand-drawn handbill by John Pearson; 1973; courtesy Mark Moore We couldn’t make this movie — The Last Pogo Jumps Again: A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 — without the generous help of, well, pretty much everyone who was into the scene, a scene that arguably started in the pot-smokey confines of Gary Topp’s subversive Original 99 Cent Roxy ...
Hey, pretty little face! Pretty little face you got there.
Hand drawn artwork by John Pearson;  courtesy Cheryl Daniels The poster above was hand drawn by artist John Pearson for the midnight screenings of Pink Flamingos at The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre in 1972.  Who would have guessed that six years later Edith Massey (Edie the Egg Lady) would get up on stage at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto backed up by the original Viletones (less Leckie) and pound out ...
Role Call
After almost four years of shooting for The Last Pogo Jumps Again, here’s a list of all the local bands from the specific era September 24 1976 to December 1 1978 that we’ve represented in the film:    The Androids,  Arson, The Battered Wives, The B-Girls, The Cads, Cardboard Brains, Crash Kills Five, The Curse, The Dents, The Demics, The Diodes, Drastic Measures, The Existers, The Fits, Forgotten Rebels, The Government, ...
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