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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.

Turn and face the strange

June 24th, 2016

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As we hit the 40th anniversary of punk rock, we here at Pogo HQ are not surprised that our public broadcaster wrote a story about the UK’s Punk Rock 40th anniversary celebrations recently, but not a peep about the rich history we have here in Canada.

Ignoring our artists is a bit of a tradition here in Canada. It seems just like yesterday that our original short film, The Last Pogo (1978) was rejected for broadcast by TVO, who almost immediately aired a special on the UK scene. When filmmaker Colin Brunton tried to make a pre-sale of The Last Pogo Jumps Again (2013) in order to pay the bands and artists who contributed to the film, to Bravo, the “arts” specialty channel, the buyer on the phone actually laughed and cut him off with a glib, “Oh, Colin, I think people are still a little bit afraid of that sort of thing.”

But there’s no crying in punk rock, so all we can do is turn and face the strange.  Here’s some of our best reviews.  But first, watch our trailer.

“Documentaries don’t come more hard-core than The Last Pogo Jumps Again. 4/5.” — NORM WILNER, Now Magazine

 “The best documentary of a scene I’ve seen to date.” JON WURSTER, Superchunk, Mountain Goats, The Best Show

“The best punk roc doc I’ve seen.” NARDWUAR THE HUMAN SERVIETTE

One of the best music documentaries ever. GREG GODOWITZ, GODDO

“Coulda watched eight more hours of The Last Pogo Jumps Again.” DANKO JONES

“…so engaging that one could imagine a similar documentary about the CBGB’s/Max’s Kansas City getting a prime time slot on HBO. But this is Toronto…”  ALAN JONES, Vice/Noisey Magazine

“…definitely worth seeing and the standard-issue punk doc talking heads (Rollins, Grohl, Morris et al) are nowhere to be seen.” AL QUINT, Suburban Blog

“...a first-rate home entertainment sausage sack stuffed to overflowing…a Joseph-Conrad-like tugboat ride into some kind of Living Fucking Hell that always feels like a Heaven as imagined by Anton LaVey –GREG KLYMKIW, The Film Corner

“A brilliant time machine.” — DAVID MARSDEN, DJ

“…something of a major find: not only does it restore this period and its players to something like rightful status in civic history, it reiterates just how explosive the movement was and how f*#ked it is that it’s been forgotten…a scene that was intense, fleeting, vibrant, crazy and more than a little bruising.” – GEOFF PEVERE, GLOBE & MAIL

“…enthralling and brilliant, hilarious and sad.” -DON PYLE, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

“…a primer for neophytes…an indulgence for viewers with longer memories.” -ADAM NAYMAN, GridTO

“.. a must-see.” -AUX TV

“…a history of Toronto’s role in the snottiest of musical movements” -TORONTO STAR

“The amount of information presented is nothing short of staggering… the editing is spectacular…infinitely quotable and thought-provoking, as well as frequently hilarious and distressing. It’s all killer, no filler.” -POPSHIFTER

“…exhaustive and woefully overdue” -GLOBE & MAIL

“…one heck of a past.” — PETER HOWELL, Toronto Star

“…go see it if you can cuz it’s really fucken great, and not nearly the wankerfest these things can often be.”  BRIAN TAYLOR, Rotate This, Vinyl Record Store, Toronto

“LPJA is as important as Elvis: That’s the Way It Is, The Last Waltz, Gimme Shelter, Don’t Look Back,  I Am Trying to Break Your Heart and Dig!” DAN DERBRIDGE, music fan.

“Lots of fun.”  -CHRIS FRANTZ, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club

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THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN studies the evolution of Toronto from small town to big city and its 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 its own. In the end, the Toronto landscape by the late 70′s 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.

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