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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 Tremblays: Battling Nazis and bad music since 1941.

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Montreal artist & guitarist Rick Trembles created the font, comics, poster and T-shirts (on sale here!) for our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and his father Jack Tremblay co-created Rick.

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Jack Tremblay was born in 1926 in Rhode Island.  The family moved to Thunder Bay (or Tunder Bay for those with a French-Canadian accent), and then finally settled in Montreal when Jack was eight.  In the fall of 1941, when Jack was 15, he entered a drawing contest and won some roller skates.

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When Jack hit the ripe old age of 16, he created the character Crash Carson, and started getting published.  When he was 16.

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His Crash Carson character was published in Wow Magazine for a year and a half, while Jack was studying art in Montreal at the Ecole des Beaux-arts.  “He’s right behind you stupid!”

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He created and then had published a new comic, Wings Over The Atlantic.  This ran for three issues of Commando Comics, until the strip was handed over to a new artist in early 1943.

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In the ’60’s, Jack Tremblay wrote and illustrated eight of twelve books for the series “The Story of Canada.”  In the ’70’s, Jack changed his name to Jean-Jacques Tremblay, and started doing more “serious” art:  he had his first solo exhibition in Montreal when he turned fifty.  Now in his eighties, Jean-Jacques continues to produce art.

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Somewhere in between Wings Over The Atlantic and his series on Canadian history, Jack Tremblay co-created a son, Richard Tremblay, a.k.a. Rick Trembles.  (Google Rick, he’s all over the place.)  A big hat-tip to today’sinspiration.blogspot.ca for the bio info and pictures of Jack.

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Pogo pal Woody Whelan told us we should send a DVD of The Last Pogo (1978) to Rick at the Montreal Mirror.  He created a comic strip review of the film;  it was awesome;  you can google it. We asked him if we could use his font for the movie, and then we got him to do everything:  create the poster, design a t-shirt (still on sale here, along with the poster and the dvd of The Last Pogo!)) and, in spots where we didn’t have visuals to tell the story, create comic strips to flesh out the narrative.  The pic above is a punch-line to a story about The Ugly‘s manager Johnny Garbagecan.

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Here’s Rick’s first colour pass at a map of downtown Toronto circa 1976.  Not to scale!

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One of the stories Rick illustrated for the film was an evening at the Colonial TavernLong John Baldry was playing an acoustic set upstairs and wasn’t too pleased with the “noise” The Diodes were playing downstairs in the Colonial Underground.  So bouncers were sent down armed with malice and pool cues, and laid a beating on anyone in sight.  Original Teenage Head manager Paul Kobak was knocked unconscious.  The cops showed up, and as B-Girl Lucasta Ross says in the movie:  “They couldn’t give a shit.”

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Rick hand-draws his artwork, then fills in the color digitally.  Here’s one of the first passes at our poster, with the now defunct cut-line.

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And here’s (a somewhat blurry) final version of our poster, after lots of great feedback from Gary Topp and others.  (Did I mention that you can buy a copy here?)

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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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