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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.

New Screenings Announced

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After a nice eight screening run at the Big Picture Cinema in Toronto’s east end, we’re making our way west, and have a couple of dates at the Royal Theatre Toronto, 608 College Street.  Wednesday February 26 at 9:00, and then a Sunday matinee on March 2 at 4:00

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Without a distributor or broadcaster, we’ve been relying on social media and word of mouth to let people know about our film, and it slowly seems to be working.  Last week we were invited to apply for a film festival in Lisbon Portugal.  And they know the film is three hours twenty minutes.  So maybe we’ll get the European premiere soon.

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We were also invited to be in the inaugural film festival part of the Hot Plains Music Festival in Edmonton, over the May Two Four weekend.  Stay tuned for news on that.

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And we’ll be showing the short film The Last Pogo (1978) and the new film at the Niagara Artists Centre.  The Last Pogo at 7:00;  The Last Pogo Jumps Again at 7:30.  Filmmakers will be there — and there’s beer.

A new part of the website announcing any screening dates will be up and running soon.

 

 

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