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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 Bev gets a plaque


In The Last Pogo Jumps Again, Martha & The Muffins’ Mark Gane talks about the now-defunct Beverly Tavern.  Just west of McCaul and Queen, it was the watering hole of Ontario College of Art students, and one of the first playgrounds on Queen West for punk bands and their fans.  He laments that it was never recognized and says “You’d think they could put a plaque up, at least.”  Well, much to our surprise, this is what we saw posted on top of the outside menu of what it is known as now, East, a restaurant.  The plaque is courtesy of the Goth Heritage Tour, a walking tour/art thing by artist Andrew Lochhead (check out his blogspot here.) The tour is over now.  We hope the plaque can stick around.  And then get a bunch more up in the city.  The Garys on the Canada Walk of Fame?  A statue of Freddy Pompeii on Power Street?  Rename Phipps Street Club David’s Alley?  Check out what the tour was all about here.

The Last Pogo Jumps Again opens theatrically at The Big Picture Cinema at 1035 Gerrard Street East in Toronto on Friday November 1, and runs to Wednesday November 6.  There’s a 3:30 matinee on Sunday November 3, and another matinee on Thursday November 7 at 3:30.  All tix are $10.00;  the Thursday matinee is open for students and unemployed for $5.00.

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