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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.

32 bands, 52 songs, 36 F Bombs

Yes, “Final Reel One” notes.  Almost there.  After clearing the last film clip — The Government live performing Hemingway Hated Disco Music;  thanks John Anderson! — and getting confirmation on a song from Gideon’s Rainbow (I know!) we’ve got one or two more small things to settle (and we’re assured everything is fine) and then you can stick the proverbial fork in our collected asses and turn us over, because we are done!  Pack it up in a hard drive, send it over to Mixmaster Daniel Pellerin, and then hold our breath for a few weeks.  Of course, then Phase Two of the job will start as soon as its finished:  getting into festivals, figuring out the hows and whens of the eventual DVD release, and stuff like that.  But the hard part is almost over.

L to R:  Randy Tyrrell as Jean-Pierre, Colin Brunton as Wesley in The Mysterious Moon Men of Canada.

Meanwhile, co-director/producer Colin Brunton had one of his early films, The Mysterious Moon Men of Canada, shown on-line as part of Image Festival’s 25th Anniversary.  The mockumentary (or is it?!) about a filmmaker tracking down a couple of people who claim they flew to the moon in 1959, but because they were Canadian were too modest to tell anyone, had it’s worldly premiere at the Festival 25 years ago, and so it was asked back.  A cool soundtrack by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, with another tune by The Gun Club’s Jeffrey Lee Pierce, the film is available on-line for your viewing pleasure at http://www.imagesfestival.com/ifpod?e_id=100&page_id=38&program_id=37.  Wheeee!

 

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