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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 Last Pogo Jumps Again’s Fucked Up


Pink Eyes gives the one-finger salute to some band he doesn’t like.  Photo Kire Paputts

Fucked Up‘s Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham spent an hour being interviewed for The Last Pogo Jumps Again in one of his favourite hang-outs, used vinyl store Hit’s ‘n’ Misses.  Waxing poetic about the influence of first-wave punk and raving about the Toronto bands that inspired him — The Viletones, The Diodes & more —  he was a real gentleman, punk though he may be.

Meanwhile, the Filthy Lucre Division at Pogo H.Q. fretted about the budget needed to finish the film properly (any millionaires out there, please check in.)


Film lab Technicolor made our eyes go all watery and glazed explaining the byzantine steps required these days to transfer 16mm negative — a fresh and spanking clean dub of Elizabeth Aikenhead & Colin Brunton’s short film Bollocks coming soon — to digital.  Bollocks was the film Liz and Colin made while taking a film course at the old Toronto Filmmakers’ Co-op, taken to school by teacher Patrick Lee (who a year later would co-direct and edit The Last Pogo) and shot at David’s on Hallowe’en 1977, featuring The Ugly and The Viletones (unbelievably, we couldn’t afford to bring a sound recordist with us, so no live music, but we’ve got a way of getting this into The Last Pogo Jumps Again.

While West Coast Director Tristan Orchard planned his interview with D.O.A.’s Joey Shithead, slated for next week, senior Pogo archivist Imants Krumins dug deep into his personal stash, and sent us PDFs of The Skulls (pre D.O.A., and for at least a few months in ’77 and ’78, Toronto-based) fanzine Drones.

Drones #1 p2

Thanks to Imants for copy of Drones;  and thanks to Joey Shithead and The Skulls

A long day ended at the shithole called The El Mocambo to watch The Scenics tear through an almost two hour set.  The small crowd of Scenic loyalists were not disturbed by the arrival of several emergency vehicles, because one of them called them:  The Scenics were on fire.  Catch them in Ottawa, Montreal, London and/or Hamilton in the next week.

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