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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.

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B-Girl Cynthia Ross wrestles a guitar away from Sam Ferrara, 2008;  photo courtesy/copyright Kevin Lamb.

We interviewed former B-Girl and current member of New York Junk Cynthia Ross.   The charming Ms. Ross, former squeeze of Stiv Bators, delighted us with tales of decadence and derring-do whilst standing in front of what used to be Club David’s, yet another punk landmark in Toronto that’s been transformed into a condominium.   Did Cynthia spill the beans on what really happened at that party in New York when Nancy Spungeon was killed?   Does she reveal the secrets behind her ability to apparently not age a minute since 1977?  And will The B-Girls ever do another reunion gig?  Find out when The Last Pogo Jumps Again is released sometime in 2010.   And for more background on the illustrious B-Girls, check out their really great web-site at bgirls77.com.   And to find out what Cynthia’s new band New York Junk is all about, check ’em out on MySpace/newyorkjunk.

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The B-Girls in ’77;  photo courtesy/copyright Rodney Bowes.

Speaking of Club David’s, local photographer, former OCA student and current archivist at the Toronto Archives, Patrick Cummins dug deep into his vault of negatives and pulled out a shot of Club David’s just after it closed (amongst other gems), with boarded-up windows and graffitti from none other than Joey Shithead.   (Hey, Joey, really would love to talk to you about The Skulls brief spell in Toronto in 1977, so please get in touch.)

Our work-load on this never-ending project gets bigger and bigger — it seems that whenever we interview someone, we find out there’s someone else we really need to talk to — but things are going to go into a stall for the next month as a big chunk of the crew of The Last Pogo Jumps Again take on a paying gig, shooting a one-hour TV pilot called The Grim Sweepers.   Nope, it’s not a show about a long-forgotten punk band, but a “docu-soap” on a bunch of characters who clean up crime and trauma scenes for a living.   Good times!

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