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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.

“You’re not going to punk us around.”

This guy is so high.

So said Slick Rick the Ruler a.k.a. RR Cool Jay a.k.a. Ricky Romero, the ace-in-waiting for the Toronto Blue Jays in regards to the hated New York Yankees after the Jays took two (and maybe three) this weekend.  Y’know, just seeing the word “punk” twigged us, and we recalled that in 1977, when Steven Leckie of The Viletones was cutting himself with a broken beer bottle at the Colonial Underground, the newly inaugurated Toronto Blue Jays were playing their first game in the snow at Exhibition Stadium.  Around the same time, the worlds largest erection — hey-o! — was being completed:  the 1700+’ giant dildo (complete with rotating head) called The C. N. Tower.


The awesome concrete boner was immortalized by first-wave punk/new-wavers The Poles in one of the first and best singles to come out of our awesome scene.  Track the evolution of those early days of punk and end it around the time of The Last Pogo:  four days after the Horseshoe Tavern was trashed that night, Blue Jays center-fielder Vernon Wells was born.  Which, y’know, is just a round-about way of sneaking our beloved Blue Jays into a post about our film, and pointing out just how far Toronto has come in the past 30+ years.

“Toronto is always in the process of inventing itself,” said Existers lead-singer (and editor of Shades Magazine) George Higton in our interview with him.  Punk Rock, The C.N. Tower, The Toronto Blue Jays — they can’t help but be intertwined in our continuing examination of the history of Toronto punk and new-wave from September 24 1976  to December 1 1978.

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