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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.

Bollocks

Bollocks

Hey, big thanks to Henry Martinuk for digging up this torn and frayed Bollocks poster for us here at Pogo H.Q.

Bollocks was a short film made by The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Colin Brunton and Elizabeth Aikenhead, when they were taking a film course in 1977 at the now-demised Toronto Filmmakers’ Co-op.   Good times! We dragged our somewhat reluctant teacher, Patrick Lee (who would later jump in to help Brunton make The Last Pogo) down to Club David’s on Hallowe’en (anyone got a poster of that gig?) to shoot The Viletones and The Ugly — and all manner of punk irregulars who hung out there.   We got shots of a guy horking in another guy’s palm, and then another guy slurping it up;  Viletone Chris Haight (proud pappy of The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts) sticking his head in a noose;  Wayne “The Gothic Cowboy” Brown sticking his head in a noose and other such fun antics.   Using a live rat borrowed from a pet store, we recreated the back cover of The Stranglers’ first album, and made a huge plastic safety pin that burgeoning artist Alex “Runt” Currie then wore like an arrow-through-the-head gag.

Having the original negative of Bollocks safely in our hands again (long ugly story), all we’ve gotta do is find a sympathetic lab who’ll be able to slip on some hermetically-sealed kid gloves and carefully get a new print made, ’cause we’ve got a cool idea of how to incorporate this into the epic “Chinese Democracy” of Punk Feature Films, The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased and Incomplete History of Toronto/Hamilton/London, Ontario Punk Rock from September 24, 1976 to December 1, 1978.

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