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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.

Animal Control

Julian Richings as Larry in Animal Control; photo by Mike Perreo
In between dodging Ukranian hackers attacking our site, shuffling scenes around in editing, and lining up the last of the last of the interviews, the crew at Pogo H.Q. have been busy doing other stuff. Co-director Kire Paputts (with partner-in-crime James Vandewater) is putting the finishing touches on his short film Animal Control. The punk roots of this production run deep: Exec Produced by The Last Pogo Jumps Again‘s co-director Colin Brunton, this unsettling and weirdly elegant fifteen minute film stars a mute Julian Richings, who appeared in the Brunton produced feature Roadkill, which also featured the handsome Joey Ramone and infamous masked man (but equally handsome) Nash the Slash (who’s kindly allowed Kire to use a snippet of music in the background) and who unleashed his eccentric persona just before Punk broke in this city.
Julian also had a key role in Bruce McDonald’s Hard Core Logo, which starred Hugh Dillon, who has weighed in on our project with his memories of Teenage Head and front-man, the late great Frankie Venom. The sound editing and mixing for Animal Control will be done by sound wizard Daniel Pellerin, he of Big Hollywood Films — and who’s also going to be taking care of all our post-sound needs when the time comes.

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