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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.

Release the hounds


A phrase that could mean different things for different people (and I mean you!)  Suffice to say, here at Pogo H.Q. we’re ramping up all of our work on The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and hope to picture lock this winter, and then go through the grueling post-production phase and get this sucker out there in 2010.

While co-director Brunton makes his yearly pilgrimage to Indian Head, Saskatchewan, directing and editing duties will be handed off to co-director Kire Paputts.   Holed up in his Super-8 Motel (now with touch-tone phones!) Brunton hopes to dig up some more gold vis a vis lost and forgotten footage of Toronto in 1976 – 1978.   The more ya dig, the better you feel (beans beans at every meal.)   Kire’s got a whopper of a line-up of people to catch up with, and even though sometimes it seems as though Everyone In The Universe is only a half-dozen degrees of seperation from either Kevin Bacon or ye olde punke scene, we do gotta call it quits at some point, so we’ll be doing our best to wrap things up.


Text from Neuromancer;  tattoo by Nigel Palmer, Temple Tatu, Brighton, England.

Of course, there’s always the wish list of celebs we’d love to get to spice up attention and beef up the cred, and that takes relentless pursuit and tons ‘o’ luck.  People like:  Novelist William Gibson (“Was it the Toronto punk scene that inspired you to use both Screaming Fist and New Rose in Neuromancer?”);  Sting (“A lot of people claim to have been at The Police’s debut at the Horseshoe Tavern in 1978.  Were you there?”), and Punky Dogfathers Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and John Cale.


The Dead Boys’ Stiv Bators;  photo copyright/courtesy of Rodney Bowes

We’re still on the hunt for any footage of Toronto circa 1976 – 1978, especially y’know, punky stuff — and we’re still scouring the archives etc for stills of some of the old Toronto clubs from back then:  Crash ‘n’ Burn, Horseshoe, New Yorker, Davids, Turning Point and all the others that we’ve missed.   So don’t be shy!

Until next time…

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