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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.

Love, love, love.


Kire Paputts and assistant editors on break

It’s hard to grasp how huge and — dare we say it? — important the whole Toronto/Southern Ontario punk scene circa 1976 – 1978 was until you’ve taken a couple of hundred hours of footage and tried to sum it all up in an hour and a half to two hours.  Hey-o!

With The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director/editor Kire Paputts in Toronto filling in the blanks with a few more interviews, and co-director Aldo Erdic getting through his busy summer attending every single punk show in town and trying to hang on to his day job, co-director Colin Brunton was holed up in a hotel in Regina, and decided to forego the awesome night life there to kick back and look at Kire’s three and a half-hour rough cut of the film.  Boners!

We’ve a little biased here of course, but wow.   All this hard work over the past three years seems to be paying off  (NB:  paying off will probably never mean anything in the traditional “money” aspect.)  The film looks great.   The hard part now is to try and determine who should stay and who should go, da da da DA DA DA DA, da, whooo!

We don’t wanna give anything away here, but we’re pretty 101% certain that we’re gonna do everyone proud.   And when everyone gets their due, and The Garys get on Canada’s Walk of Fame, there’s a statue of Steve Leckie in downtown Toronto, the former home of Freddy Pompeii and Margarita Passion is open for tours;  when there’s a street in Hamilton named after the late great Frankie Venom, and a wing of a jail cell named for the later and greater Mike Nightmare;  when the assholes who run the Junos and whatnot finally swallow back their bile and fess up that, uh, yea, the scene was particularly fucking awesome and give lifetime achievement awards to a dozen or so musicians;  when some hotshot band does some cover versions of some of the many great tunes generated back then and make the artists a few bucks;  when that all happens, then everyone who was into the brave new world of 1976 can finally say “Fuck you, told ya so.”

And it sure goes against the general hot ‘n’ nasty punk vibe, but looking over all that footage, listening to all those people talk about the old days, watching all these bands fucking tear it up, the overwhelming feeling that overtook Brunton on Saturday night was… love.  So…uh…we love you, man!

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