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pogo2posterFINAL2The Last Pogo Jumps Again is a documentary about the punk/new-wave/alternative music scene in Toronto, from when The Ramones hit the stage of The New Yorker in 1976 to when the cops gave Teenage Head the boot at infamous The Last Pogo concert in 1978.  Filmmakers Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts started the project in June 2006 and logged hundreds of hours of interviews, photos and film clips. Using the 1978 film The Last Pogo as a jumping-off point, the three hour and twenty movie explores the dynamics of what was arguably the most exciting cultural explosion in Toronto’s history.

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.

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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 ...
“The farther away I get from Hamilton, the less interesting the world becomes.”
Late notice, but there’s going to be a free “cast ‘n’ crew” screening at the venerable This Ain’t Hollywood tavern in The Hammer on Tuesday night, named after the same song by locals The Forgotten Rebels.  If you were in the film, or helped us wrangle music or posters or photos or handbills, or were friends with someone who did, then consider yourself invited.  Like, we’re not checking ...
Digging cuteness in 3D
The Google Alert we got today at Pogo H.Q. alerted us to this page on the Information Superhighway.  The mangled English is the best. Watch The Last Pogo Jumps Again (2013) Streaming Tv and Movies Online Still remember the crew act crazy serial? Well now you can again enjoy their crazy act and this time it will be more exciting again.
“Enthralling and brilliant, hilarious and sad.”  So said photographer/musician/producer Don Pyle, late of first wave punk/new-wave band Crash Kills Nine, then Crash Kills Five, and then the surf-punk instrumentalists Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.  Don was all of 14 years old when he used to hang out at the Crash ‘n’ Burn and Horseshoe Tavern.  “Did we never check i.d.?”, Pogo co-director Brunton asked legendary promoter Gary ...
Overture, curtains, lights.
We were the opening band for our World Premiere on the last day of Canadian Music Week Film Festival last week.  Saturday Afternoon at the Movies, and we sold out, man. Hat tip to thriftyvinyl.wordpress.com The people at the TIFF Bell Lightbox were great (thanks kids with walkie-talkies!  thanks Jeff Wright!);  filmmakers Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts got there early to set the volume for the pre-show music, ...
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies
Happy Viletones Day, lovers. The world premiere of The Last Pogo Jumps Again will take place at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Bell Lightbox in Toronto, March 23rd, as part of Canadian Music Week. Note from an editor We clock in at three hours, twenty minutes.  Plus an intermission, old skool. Tickets are $10 — cheap!
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