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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.

Role Call

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After almost four years of shooting for The Last Pogo Jumps Again, here’s a list of all the local bands from the specific era September 24 1976 to December 1 1978 that we’ve represented in the film:    The Androids,  Arson, The Battered Wives, The B-Girls, The Cads, Cardboard Brains, Crash Kills Five, The Curse, The Dents, The Demics, The Diodes, Drastic Measures, The Existers, The Fits, Forgotten Rebels, The Government, Johnny & The G-Rays, Lance Charles Syndrome, Martha & The Muffins, The Mods, Nash the Slash, Oh Those Pants!, Rough Trade, The Scenics, The Secrets, Simply Saucer, The Skulls, Swollen Members, Teenage Head, The Toys, Tyranna, The Ugly, and The Viletones.   We’re still trying to interview someone from The Dishes, The Poles, The Everglades and a few others.  Who have we forgotten?

In addition to those local bands, we’ve also spoken to members of The Police, The Dead Boys, Goddo, The Heartbreakers, Fucked Up, The Ramones, and The Stranglers and several dozen fans, critics, photographers, managers, hangers-on etc.  We’ve dug up rare, and in some cases “never before seen” footage of Teenage Head, Viletones, Ugly, Mods, Government, Secrets, Scenics, Cardboard Brains, Johnny & The G-Rays;  the Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre, the New Yorker Theatre, Yonge Street in the mid-seventies, and more.

We’re trying to nail down the very last of the interviews in the next few weeks so we can meet our deadline of having this sucker packaged up and ready to ship out by the end of the summer this year.  So if you can think of anyone we’ve missed, dissed or pissed off, please let us know.

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