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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.

Hey ho ho ho

First two weeks of August 1978 at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern.

The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 continues.  Today co-producer/director/editor Kire Paputts was heading off to the west end to check out memorabilia with Drastic Measures’ Tony Malone.  It’s our third visit with Tony.

Here’s an example of the absurd work-to-final-product ratio involved in our film:  we wanted to find a newspaper clip from London Ontario in 1977 that was about how much beer The Demics would sell at a show, right?  We’d show the clip in our film, and it would take up maybe five seconds of screen time.   We sent an email to the London Free Press;  the replied with a link to a library in London, and then specifically a place called “The London Room.”   We were put in touch with a part-time librarian called Jill.

We had to hand over our credit info.   Research costs around eight bucks an hour, and then there’s shipping and copying fees, etc.


But Jill read a little about our project, and got right into it.  At first she couldn’t find the specific article we wanted, but now she’s getting all Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on us, and has dug up a couple of awesome little clips for us.   So — a couple of emails, two phone-calls, hand over sensitive documents, wait for stuff in the mail — and all for about five seconds of screen time.

Most boring.  Blog.  Ever.

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