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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.

Six Degrees of Tim Horton

We’re all only a few degrees away from Tim Horton

One of the last images in the epic five hour punkumentary-in-progress, The Last Pogo Jumps Again is of The Forgotten Rebels’ Chris Houston and Mickey DeSadist revisiting a favourite Tim Horton’s donut shop they used to frequent in the late seventies in The Hammer.

Many people who would end up being part of the Toronto punk rock scene used to hang out and watch movies at The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre, when it was programmed by Gary “The Garys” Topp.   When it was built in the ’40’s, it was called The Allenby.   After Gary Topp left it in the late seventies for the New Yorker, it went through a variety of owners, and then packed it in for good a number of years ago.   This year, however, the art deco facade was saved and the auditorium razed;  Tim Hortons have meticulously brought it back to life.

The newly renovated and cleaned up bricks that comprise the Roxy/Allenby could have been from the old Toronto Brickworks.   Nowadays, the Brickworks is called the Evergreen Brickworks, and is setting itself up to be some sort of eco presentation place.  It was one of the spots we’d use to do interviews for our film:  KC Carlisle (who was a fourteen year old fanboy back in the late seventies) talked to us there, as did William Cork, who waxed poetic on the late, great Mike Nightmare from The Ugly.

Before the Brickworks got all gussied up (ponds and streams created after the clay ran out) The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Colin Brunton used it as the moon for his mockumentary The Mysterious Moon Men of Canada (two Canadians fly to the moon in 1959, but because they’re Canadian, are too modest to tell anyone about it.)   Soundtrack to the short film (which won a Genie Award, no biggie) was supplied by Don Pyle‘s band, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.   On April 1, 2011, Don’s photo book of the late seventies + punk scene in Toronto — Trouble in the Camera Club — will be released.

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