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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 Floating Opera

The lead character in John Barth’s first novel (written in 1954, when he was 24) spends an ungodly amount of time writing an essay about the death of his father entitled:  “An Inquiry Into The Circumstances Surrounding The Self-Destruction Of Thomas T. Andrews Of Cambridge Maryland on Ground Hog Day, 1930 (More Especially into the Causes Therefore).”

Having lost a fortune in the stock market, his father hanged himself. Todd Andrews, his son, himself susceptible to the suicide gene, starts to write about the reasons behind his father’s suicide, thinking of each and every reason, every tangent he can think of  — the infinity of the past — of how this could have happened, but it’s endless.  He no sooner concludes one theory than another pops up that demands his attention; every detail seems worthy of investigation.   It becomes an unwieldy project that might possibly never end; in an office crowded with peach baskets jammed with notes after years and years of work with no apparent end in sight and…whoa, whoa, WHOA, back up the truck a sec!

Huge boner had we wrapped this two years ago.   (From

It was only a couple of years ago that we called it a wrap. But then we realized there were a few more folks we should chat with, and they lead to a few more, and then we found some great, lost footage of Demics and Scenics and Secrets and Viletones and Teenage Head and more and that lead onto other stuff, and so on and so forth and here we are, in our fifth (and final) year of production.

Time traveling back to ’78 for more deets. Wheeeeee! (

Like the peach baskets full of scribblings in Todd’s office, the offices at Pogo H.Q. have boxes full of tapes of the approximately 250 people we’ve interviewed, along with piles of photos that still need to be jpg-ed, and stacks of old handbills that have;  all of it threads in the seemingly unending production of The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978.

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