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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.

Some Toronto handbills
The Last Pogo Jumps Again booklet
If you managed to purchase a DVD of The Last Pogo Jumps Again, you would have also scored the colour booklet created by artist Alica Remigio. Among other things, Alicia was the graphic artist for the TV series Schitt’s Creek. Check out other stuff by Alicia at her website, right here. You can pick up the DVD (with colour booklet) via mail at Suction.Shop, or, once their doors ...
The Last Pogo Jumps Again DVD re-release.
WHAT ITS ABOUT “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” ...
Hey, ho — Let’s go to The 40th Anniversary of The Last Pogo!
This Saturday Dec 1 there will be a rare big-screen showing of The Last Pogo Jumps Again at Toronto’s Revue Cinema. Advance tickets on sale here, and tickets are going fast. We’re installing an exhibit of a couple of hundred handbills from that era (1976 – 1978) in the lobby.  See above for a rough idea, and thanks to everyone who sent us handbills when we were making ...
The Last Pogo (1979; 25 minutes) and The Last Pogo Jumps Again (2013; 204 minutes)
THE LAST POGO (1979; 26 minutes) Produced and Directed by Colin Brunton and Patrick Lee; Edited by Patrick Lee Buy it on Vimeo for $9.95 CDN, or rent it for $3.73. From Dangerous Minds: “In 1978, Toronto (and some Hamilton) punks answered Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, a movie lousy with Canadians, by putting on their own star-studded farewell concert at the city’s Horseshoe Tavern.
How we made Highway 61
As a follow up to the blog entry about making the feature film Roadkill, here’s a story of how Bruce McDonald and I made our follow-up, Highway 61. It was our original plan that Bruce and I would alternate directing and producing.  When we’d finished ROADKILL, my idea for a feature — WEST OF LUNCH — was half-baked to say the least, but Bruce had an idea that was ...
How we made the feature film Roadkill
With the 40th anniversary of the infamous Last Pogo concert coming up on December 1st, it would be appropriate to plug the big-screen late-night screening of The Last Pogo Jumps Again at Toronto’s Revue Cinema.  And we’ll do that soon.  But in the meantime, a friend commented on social media how much she still enjoyed the 1989 feature film I produced, Roadkill, and not being able ...
“More Canadian than a Molson delivery truck parked at a Tim Hortons.”
The Last Pogo is a short film shot in 1978 at Toronto’s iconic Horseshoe Tavern.  While it didn’t get a lot of notice when it was released (barring a popular VHS bootleg that made the rounds, and an article in the Toronto Star by Peter Goddard) it finally started getting a little attention when The Last Pogo Jumps Again was completed in 2013. “The Last Pogo is ...
The Horseshoe Tavern 1978
The Horseshoe 1978. In May, 1978, after they left the New Yorker Theatre, partners Topp, Cormier and Silverman took over management of the Horseshoe Tavern, a dive bar that featured country and western music that was at the down-on-its-luck corner of Spadina and Queen. Opened in the 1940’s by Jack Starr, the Horseshoe had a massive main room that could hold five hundred people, and was a favourite hangout ...
The New Yorker Theatre, Toronto, 1976/1977
The New Yorker in the ’30’s when it was known as The Astor. In 1976, with The Original 99 Cent Roxy still pulling in crowds in the east end, Gary Topp and partner Jeff Silverman opened The New Yorker Theatre, on the Yonge Street Strip, fifty yards south of where the indie underground cinema CineCity once stood. The pinball parlour Funland was across street, and on the next block south ...
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