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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 Horseshoe Tavern 1978
The Horseshoe 1978. In May, 1978, after they left the New Yorker Theatre, partners Topp, Cormier and Silverman took over management of the Horseshoe Tavern, a dive bar that featured country and western music that was at the down-on-its-luck corner of Spadina and Queen. Opened in the 1940’s by Jack Starr, the Horseshoe had a massive main room that could hold five hundred people, and was a favourite hangout ...
The New Yorker Theatre, Toronto, 1976/1977
The New Yorker in the ’30’s when it was known as The Astor. In 1976, with The Original 99 Cent Roxy still pulling in crowds in the east end, Gary Topp and partner Jeff Silverman opened The New Yorker Theatre, on the Yonge Street Strip, fifty yards south of where the indie underground cinema CineCity once stood. The pinball parlour Funland was across street, and on the next block south ...
The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre: a brief history
In our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we trace the origins and history of the first wave of punk and new-wave music in Toronto (and Hamilton and London) circa 1976 to 1978.  There was no better place to start than at an extremely smokey theatre in the east end of Toronto.
R.I.P., Nash, you were one of a kind.
Screen shot from The Last Pogo Jumps Again. It was a terrible shock today to find out that our good friend Jeff “Nash the Slash” Plewman died over the weekend at his house in Toronto.  It’s a very sad day.  Our condolences to his family and friends. Nash would have appreciated the synchronicity we experienced here at Pogo H.Q.:   we were writing notes on the various extras we ...
Long time, no blog
With The Last Pogo Jumps Again producers/directors Kire Paputts and Colin Brunton busy (Kire developing his feature The Rainbow Kid; Colin producing a TV series), it’s been a long time since we posted anything.   Not that there’s not any news! Gary Topp (of The Garys, the promoters who booked all the cool bands in Toronto during the heyday — and before, and after — of punk/new-wave) was ...
Top Ten and then some
68497150.JPG Happy Hogmany, mofos. Welcome back, and Happy New Year.  After a nice chilly black-out break, we’re back at it, and looking to line up some new dates for 2014. Greg looking dapper in the eighties. Since we last left you, a couple of things have happened:  the cute and curmudgeonly Canadian critic Greg Klymkiw named The Last Pogo Jumps Again as one of the Top Ten Canadian Films of ...
35 years ago today
POGOHorseshoe Exterior December 1, 1978 was the night of The Last Pogo concert at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.  It was completed as a short film a year later, and then 35 years after that, filmmakers Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts finally completed, after six years of shooting and editing, The Last Pogo Jumps Again, a three hour and twenty minute feature document(ary) that acts as a sort of prequel.
A F#@ked Up Last Pogo
Lyric Book 01 Lyric book.  All photos by David Mewa For a long time, CBC Radio producer Ron Skinner wanted to do something around The Last Pogo.  (For those of you new to these pages, The Last Pogo was the last punk concert at the Horseshoe Tavern when it was booked by legendary Toronto promoters The Garys.  Colin Brunton made a short film of it in 1978;  and now after six years ...
Vivian George photos, IMDB, swag
POGOOPENINGViletones Screen shot of The Viletones, by Vivian George. We’ll have news soon on some more The Last Pogo Jumps Again screenings across Canada in the new year.  In the meantime, if you went and saw our movie, it’d be great if you could give it a rating out of ten for the International Movie Data Base (IMDB) by clicking on the link right around here.  It helps ...
“Its all killer, no filler.”
Poster by artist Rick Trembles Even with our very limited exposure to date (two cast ‘n’ crew screenings;  World Premiere at Canadian Music Week), we’ve done well with reviewers. In Mechanical Forest Sound, blogger Joe said:  “A true labour of love, this film is a worthy testament to a brief spurt of under-documented and under-appreciated history.”  Sarah Gopaul, posting in Digital Journel:  ” More than just ...
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