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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.

Five years, my brain hurts a lot

The Ramones sing Happy Birthday to Mr. Burns.

Five years ago Colin Brunton started this project with his then thirteen-year-old son Ollie Brunton by interviewing Erella Ganon (nee Vent), in her backyard garden in Toronto’s west end.   A few days later Brunton would interview Kire Paputts (to get a take on what it was like to be the son of a Toronto punk pioneer, Chris Haight, bass-player for The Viletones, guitar player for The Secrets.)

The interview was cut short when they were kicked off of the Go Station platform they’d only been filming on for a few minutes.

Later that week Brunton watched Paputts’ Ryerson University film, Only I Know, and invited Kire to help out on directing duties.

Now five years later the film is nearly done, a true collaboration between not only Brunton and Paputts, but indeed almost the entire Toronto/Hamilton/London, Ontario punk/new-wave community, because without their cooperation, there’d be nothing.  Nothing I tells ya!

Ticket stub courtesy of Molten Core

One of the last interviews we did was with Doug Pringle and Michaele Jordana, the creators of The Poles, one of the first bands on the scene.  With some lighting help by their daughter Ramona, and in the basement of their Beaches’ house, Doug and Michaele talked about their early history and their connection with the Toronto art world, a dominating influence on the scene in Toronto in general.

Next week we conduct what should be the last interview, with Sally Cato of The Androids.   It’ll be the first one we’ve done via Skype and should be interesting:  presented with a list of some of the questions we’d be asking her, Sally responded by saying that she had “…a photograph for every question.”  Find out what that means when our project is released later this year.

The staff foolishly crowded around the radio before realizing their mistake.

The staff at Pogo H.Q. crowded into the screening room to check out a teasing 30 second sample of some footage shot by one Nicky L at the first Ramones show in Toronto, the date of which (September 24 1976) is the opening date of our film The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto, Hamilton, and London Ontario Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978.  Having gotten permission to use the Fab Four’s likenesses in our film from the generous folks at Ramones’ management, we now only need to work a deal so that some of the footage ends up in our film.   Shot in glorious 8 mm — yup, not Super-8, just 8 — the footage contains a few shots outside the theatre (including a sign advertising gas at $0.86 a gallon) — and pretty much the whole 35 minute concert.   Fantastic.

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