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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.

Record Store Day and free DVDs
Saturday April 18 is International Record Store day, and to join in on the fun, we’re going to be giving away free copies of the 1978 short film The Last Pogo.  The first ten customers who buy The Last Pogo Jumps Again DVD at Toronto’s Soundscapes, Rotate This, Sonic Boom or Tiny Record Shop on Record Store Day get a ...
Turned out a Punk
A couple of weeks ago, The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director/producer Colin Brunton ventured out to the west end of Toronto to sit down with Fucked Up’s lead singer Damian Abraham and be interviewed for Damian’s podcast Turned out a Punk. Nash the Slash playing with Breathless, circa 1973 Among other things, they talked about: Nash the Slash the punk before punk in Toronto;  bringing your teacher to ...
Toronto punk handbills 1976 – 1978
There are over 600 photographs in The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and a ton more handbills. This is the handbill for a 1977 show at the New Yorker.  You can tell that it was done with Letraset, because the lines aren’t perfect, but it was hard to figure out how they actually superimposed the photo of the cops onto the photo of the Ramones.  No Photoshop back then, ...
And that’s a wrap.
That Was The Year That Was
In January we got some great photos of The Government (Flat Tire, Hemingway Hated Disco Music);  add Bobbe Besold as yet another of the terrific photographers there were in Toronto back in the mid-seventies.   Our total count so far is 612 photos spread over our four hour movie. We discovered http://chuckmanothercollection.blogspot.com/ and John Chuckman’s awesome collection of postcards.  Unfortunately, not enough dpi to show on the big ...
The Floating Opera
The lead character in John Barth’s first novel (written in 1954, when he was 24) spends an ungodly amount of time writing an essay about the death of his father entitled:  “An Inquiry Into The Circumstances Surrounding The Self-Destruction Of Thomas T. Andrews Of Cambridge Maryland on Ground Hog Day, 1930 (More Especially into the Causes Therefore).” Having lost a fortune in the stock market, his father ...
Fast, Cheap & Good
Raggedy handbill, 1976;  courtesy of Robert Malyon. Smoking a joint in the back row of his movie theatre The New Yorker, watching the out-of-synch Blank Generation, promoter Gary Topp twigged on the idea of bringing some of the bands from Amos Poe’s movie into town.  It was 1976.  When he tried to track down The Ramones, few people in the business knew who they were. Photo by David Andoff. A concrete stage was ...
What’s time to a pig?
A pig farmer is showing off his farm to a visitor.  He points out a huge pig, glowing with health, lounging in the corner of his stall (which was, frankly, a pigsty, hyuk hyuk hyuk.)  The visitor asks him why the pig looks so much better than the others.  “Well,” said the farmer, “This here’s my favourite.  I feed the other pigs plain old slop, but this one’s going to ...
We’re three years old today!
Yuppers.  Three years ago today we started shooting our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  We’ve amassed a hundred plus hours of interviews; secured yards of rare footage of the “never before seen” variety; and have jammed our external drives with tons ‘o’ jpgs.   We’ve captured a dozen or so sets of old-school bands from the back in the day, and watched as our hard-drive collapsed in a fit ...
Have your Razorcake, and eat it too.
The Mods at The Edge, ’79 or ’80;  courtesy Cindy Holmes Not a heck of a lot of shooting happening lately, but we’re starting to get the word out that we need more stuff.  Stuff as in high-res photos and handbills, and of course hints, leads and clues.  Co-director Kire Paputts has been hard at it the last month, organizing and editing the footage, and that’s no mean feat: we’ve got ...
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