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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.

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.
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 ...
Bollocks
That’s Alex “Runt” Currie in the middle with the safety pin thru his head. Bollocks was a short film made by Pogo filmmaker Colin Brunton and Elizabeth Aikenhead while they were taking a weekend filmmaking course at the old Toronto Filmmakers’ Co-op.  Their teacher was Patrick Lee, who would, a year later, help Colin pull it together to make The Last Pogo.  We took the original footage to a ...
Picture My Face
The late, great Frank “Frankie Venom” Kerr of Hamilton’s Teenage Head.  Photo credit unknown. Steven Leckie of The Viletones swings a chain.  Copyright Ross Taylor 2012 Mike Nightmare of The Ugly gets doused with a stubby.  Copyright Dan Huziak 2012 Steven Leckie draped over Freddy Pompeii, both of The Viletones.  Copyright Gail Bryck 2012. Mickey De Sadist and The Forgotten Rebels.
Our Back Pages, part two
Steven Leckie of The Viletones at The Last Pogo;  copyright Edie Steiner 2012 Here’s a collection of photos by Edie Steiner that we’ve used in our new movie, The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   These were all taken during the concert called The Last Pogo at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto in 1978.   Our film’s story starts on September 24 1976 — when The Ramones played the Gary Topp’s New ...
Motion Picture Purgatory
Comic strip review, copyright Rick Trembles. The absolutely coolest review our project The Last Pogo (1978) got was Rick Trembles‘ comic strip review that appeared in the Montreal Mirror as part of Rick’s weekly Motion Picture Purgatory series upon the release of the DVD in 2008.   (And hey — there’s still copies to be had for the low low price of $12.00;  visit the store.) Detail from same ...
Music to get beaten up by
Cover of the book by Maria Raha “Cinderella punks” is the phrase The Existers’ George Higton used to describe  the recent resurgence of first-wave punks.   We can only report what’s been going on in Toronto the past couple of years — new material by The Scenics and The Existers;  rereleases by Simply Saucer and The Mods;  old material redux by Teenage Head;  live recordings from 1977 by The Viletones ...
“You’re not going to punk us around.”
This guy is so high. So said Slick Rick the Ruler a.k.a. RR Cool Jay a.k.a. Ricky Romero, the ace-in-waiting for the Toronto Blue Jays in regards to the hated New York Yankees after the Jays took two (and maybe three) this weekend.  Y’know, just seeing the word “punk” twigged us, and we recalled that in 1977, when Steven Leckie of The Viletones was cutting himself with a broken ...
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!
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