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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.

Everything’s over but the crying.

October 29th, 2010

Since we began shooting The Last Pogo Jumps Again back in June 2006, we’ve interviewed around 180 people.  Back in 1976, when the punk scene started in Toronto, there probably weren’t 180 people into it, period.

Along with interviews, we’ve also shot stuff in the style that used to be called “cinema-verite.” This loosely translates as “fly on the wall.”  In other words, we’d just film (video-tape, actually) and let people do whatever they were doing, and we’d all pretend that the camera wasn’t there, like flys on a wall watching it all.   The interviews and cinema-verite stuff have filled up around 250 one-hour mini-dv tapes.

Most of the footage was shot in Southern Ontario (Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph, St. Catherines, and London) but we also did some shooting in Vancouver, L.A., Philadelphia, and Florence, ItalyMama mia!

We’ve amassed piles of old handbills and photos that people have sent, along with rare footage and leads and clues on how to find other rare footage, ideally not owned by greedy broadcasters.  People for the most part have been awesome and completely supportive, even if some people do think this is taking a crazy amount of time.  (It is!)

There’s still a couple of people here and there that we’d love to add to our 180 people interviewed already, but for the most part we’re done.   And now the editing begins.

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