Grab some safety pins, practice your sneer and get ready to revisit Toronto's thriving punk scene. THE LAST POGO documents the raucous 1978 punk concert held in Toronto's legendary ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Teenage Head ...
The Viletones ...
The Ugly ...
The Mods ...
The Secrets ...
Cardboard Brains ...
The Scenics ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Barnes-DelColle ...
Gary Cormier ...
Mickey DeSadest ...
Frederick Di Pasquale ...
Roger Dirtbag ...
Steven Leckie ...
Himself - The Viletones
Gary Topp ...
Frankie Venom ...
Himself - Teenage Head


Grab some safety pins, practice your sneer and get ready to revisit Toronto's thriving punk scene. THE LAST POGO documents the raucous 1978 punk concert held in Toronto's legendary Horseshoe Tavern-a night of unhinged music and unbridled mayhem. On December 1, 1978, legendary Toronto concert promoters Gary Topp and Gary Cormier-better known as The Garys-presented The Last Pogo, a rollicking, riotous concert at the venerable Horseshoe Tavern. On the bill were seminal bands from Toronto's punk rock scene: The Scenics, The Cardboard Brains, The Secrets, The Mods, The Ugly, The Viletones and Teenage Head. During the concert, the frenetic energy of 800+ thrashing fans in the club boiled over and a near-riot ensued. Filmmaker Colin Brunton was there with a camera crew to capture it all, from the irreverent punk musicians and the slam-dancing audience to the police who tried to stop the show and the firefighters called in to escort people from the premises. Written by Liz Armstrong

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priceless document
18 May 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

For a few months in the late 70s, The Garys - rock promoters whose name Toronto music fans of a certain age will well remember if they held on to their ticket stubs - persuaded the legendary Horseshoe Tavern to play host to their selection of the city's punk rock scene; when management pulled the plug, they staged a final concert, and Brunton was there to get it down for posterity. Every act gets one song to prove themselves. With the exception of the Viletones, who are pretty Heartbreakersish here, most of these guys sound more pub than punk - speedy blues-based rock with an admixture of swaggering attitude. Sounds pretty good - The Secrets are my favourites despite the name, and The Scenics sound more like Crack the Sky than the Ramones - but only in Toronto could it be mistaken for a revolution; Brunton is honest enough to include an admonitory insert from a Forgotten Rebel to remind us how much rougher (and more obnoxious) local punk could be. And where are the women? (over at the Ontario College of Art, if The Curse were any indication). At the end the cops show up, Teenage Head are allowed but a single number - uncharacteristically lo-fi, I guess they took the mics down prematurely - and a riot breaks out, represented only by audio and aftermath. Not the whole story to be sure, but a priceless and watchable document.

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