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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 Viletones nominated for Canada’s Walk of Fame!


Okay, not quite yet, but here’s hoping.   Original Viletone Freddy Pompeii has been starting to lobby his Facebook pals to nominate The Viletones to Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Haven’t heard of it? Don’t worry, you ain’t missing much.   The Research & Development Division of The Last Pogo Jumps Again haven’t been too deep into any sort of investigation or anything, but something’s kind of rotten in Denmark when apart from usual suspects like Rush and Celine Dion, they’ve also managed to have American born actor Brendan Fraser‘s signature set in concrete for all of us Canadians to be … proud of?   Well, golly, sure thing, why not!?  After all, he played an uncredited role as “Placebo Patient” in fellow Walk of Famers’ Kids in the Hall‘s movie Brain Candy, and literally not taking credit for that, well that’s very Canadian.  He furthered an embarrassing stereotype by playing Dudley Do-Right in the film of the same name, and we’re pretty sure the mind-blowingly offensive Al Jolson‘s got a spot on the Hollywood walk, so that seems to fit.   And he went to the snot-filled halls of the fancy-pants Upper Canada College, so there.   Okay, okay, we’re sure Brendan’s a nice guy, but we think the jury’s a little out to lunch on this one.  I mean,  Talking Heads‘ singer David Byrne lived in Hamilton for a little bit when he was a kid — does he qualify?  And what about The Rolling Stones?  They live in Toronto for weeks at a time whenever they get set to tour.   Steppenwolf‘s lead singer, German-born John Kay fronted Toronto band The Sparrow, what about him?  (Oh, wait, he’s there too.)


So while we can off-hand think of a couple of dozen artists and such that we’d like to nominate (author David McFadden, Gary Topp, the guy who used to yell “Doggie Doggie” at the Ex) nominating such an iconic band as The Viletones would be somewhat fucking hilarious and well-deserved, and you just know the acceptance speech by Steve Leckie, Chris Haight, Motor X and Freddy (and second and third gen ‘tones like Sam Ferrara, Tony Torture, Steve Koch and on and on) would put a hearty eff you in the fun it would be.

The deal is, is that you can only nominate one person per year, and since this ball seems to be rolling along, why doncha take five minutes out of your day, cut and paste this link —— and let’s see if we can stir things up in 2010.   Gabba gabba hey-o!

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