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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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Drive-in in Indian Head, Saskatchewan.

With the Last Pogo crew scattered to the four winds (actually, just one wind — the westerly one breezing through Saskatchewan; everything else is blowing back in Toronto), The Last Pogo Jumps Again is in a bit of a holding pattern as director Kire Paputts continues to upload all the footage after the hard-drive took a dry dive to its death; director Colin Brunton reviews a pile of archival DVDs (various Viletones; the infamous Outrage concert; Teenage Head with guest Keith Whittaker of the Demics at the Horseshoe in 1992) in the comfort of his hotel room, and crew member Ollie Brunton sneaks downloads off of I-Tunes with daddy safely out of reach in another province.

Back in Toronto, as Kire struggles through more technical difficulties (mysterious “error” messages as he tries to upload the last of the tapes) The Screwed continue their now weekly assault on Toronto’s musical senses, David Quinton-Steinberg and Greg Dick scheme up The Last Pogo 30th reunion this winter, Tyranna gets back together for a gig, The Existers do the same, and three-quarters of The Scenics adjust their rally caps and plan for a new album and gigs in various and sundry places this fall.

With a hundred or so advance copies of The Last Pogo DVD being sent around by Mag Wheels chief Woody Whelan, feedback to date has been totally positive. Scheduled to be released this October 14th, the DVD’s got the original Last Pogo movie, an on-screen commentary by original Viletone and Secrets Chris Haight, and 20 minutes of The Scenics going all psychedelic in a Rogers TV studio in 1978. When you do the math, it’s gonna be hard to even break even on this venture, but we’re hoping that we can start to get the word out on just how awesome the Toronto/Hamilton punk scene was back in the old days (1976 – 1978), and whet appetites for the release of The Last Pogo Jumps Again in early 2009.

And please, folks, keep those cards and letters coming!   Each week we get a new jpg or a note or a reminder of a key player who we’ve missed on our now two-years plus journey, and welcome any and all suggestions, criticisms, kudos and sound effects.   And we still haven’t forgotten all of those who might feel forgotten, so hang tight, and we’ll get to ya.


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