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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.

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Take this bus to see the movie in Winnipeg this March.

The DVD of The Last Pogo Jumps Again continues to sell (click store here to learn how to buy it) and theatrical screenings continue on weekends in Toronto at Reg Hart’s cozy Cineforum.

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Note:  LSD use not essential.

A nice review in Big Takeover magazine has created a bit more awareness in the US and it seems that daily there are trips to the post-office to mail out DVDs.  But were not so busy here at Pogo Headquarters that we can’t add a personal touch, so if you’re from outside of Canada, you’ll get a note on a cool retro Toronto postcard.  And for everyone who orders we also slip in b & w versions of Rick Trembles’ cartoon drawings of Toronto circa 1976 for your personal colouring needs.

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Smokin’.

Much more gratifying than sales though is the positive feedback we continue to get.  Nardwuar the Human Serviette from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada said “It was incredible! Best punk roc doc i have seen!”  Footage of Nardwuar doing an a cappella version of the song Cardboard Brain is included as one of the DVD extras.  There’s lots of other fun stuff too, like a section on the late great Nash the Slash, old movie trailers, Bambi Meets Godzilla, and over an hour and a half of other goodies.

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Greg Godowitz from the seventie’s power pop trio Goddo wrote Pogo H.Q. and said “I’m watching the movie fir the third time. Fucking brilliant but I just had a hit of very potent hash. I think the Scenics are my fave.”  If you’re outside of Toronto, then it’s likely you’ve not heard of many of the bands in the film.  This isn’t the first time since the release that we’ve heard people being turned on to The Scenics and other less knowns like Tyranna.  It’s edjamucational and entertaining!  Get skooled!

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The Mysterious Moon Men of Canada

One of the oddest compliments Pogo co-director/producer has ever received was at the Genie Awards in 1989.  Colin and then partner Bruce McDonald were sitting at a table, smoking (what!?) and waiting to see who won Best Live Action Short Film.  Seated with them was filmmaker Lorne Bailey whose terrific short film The Milkman Cometh they were in competition with.  Everyone had seen everyone else’s films (Colin and Bruce’s was The Mysterious Moon Men of Canada;  watch it on Vimeo for free), drinks were flowing, and everyone was slapping backs and trading kudos when Lorne turned to Colin and said “You know, your film makes it seem like you should be from Winnipeg.”   If you’re from Toronto, you have to take that as a compliment, because, y’know, everyone outside of Toronto delight in branding Torontonians as total assholes who think they live in The Center of the Universe, which we do of course, but enough of that.

And another big fan of the film is critic Greg Klymkew, who hails from the ‘peg, and who produced the early films of local Winnipeg weirdo Guy Madden (Guy, you know that’s a compliment, right?!) So it seems very kind of cool that the venerable Winnipeg Film Group is planning a screening of The Last Pogo Jumps Again sometime in late March.  Dates to be announced soon.

 

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