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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.

Screening at Reg Hartt’s Cineforum / The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy/Cineforum at 463 Bathurst Street Toronto.  Photo by Brian Chambers DVDs are still available of The Last Pogo Jumps Again (please see Shop for info) but if you want to see it with a bunch of people, we’ve just arranged some screenings at Reg Hartt’s The Public Enemy/Cineforum. Reg Hartt is an iconic transplanted Torontonian, originally from New Brunswick, who has been showing films in Toronto ...
Suzanne Naughton’s An Afternoon at New Rose
Filmmaker Suzanne Naughton let us use footage from her short film An Afternoon at New Rose for our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  New Rose was the clothing/record store/hangout that fashion designer Margarita Passion started in 1977, when Margarita was the girlfriend of Viletone/Secrets’ Freddy Pompeii.  The pic above is a screen shot of Suzanne with then-boyfriend Bruce Pirrie. The idea for the store came about ...
It takes a Tiny Village
Steven “Nazi Dog” Leckie of The Viletones points at food, circa ’78;  photo by Rodney Bowes. THE LAST POGO (1978)  There’s a cool review of The Last Pogo in the current edition of the nifty webzine Tiny Mix Tapes.   They peg it a “masterful disaster-piece” and give us a sort of back-handed compliment with:   “…it’s the quick runtime that blocks The Last Pogo from reaching the pinnacle of the ...
And the rest is history, part one.
Handbill courtesy Imants Krumins R.I.P. Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton. When Ron’s band Destroy All Monsters played the Horseshoe in ’78 with Suicide and Teenage Head, the bands took turns headlining the three night gig.   After a packed audience rocked to Destroy All Monsters, then Teenage Head — they left, leaving a crowd of about 25 people to experience Suicide.    Singer Alan Vega leaped off the stage and terrified a table to ...
Giving up the Ghost of ’78. Or not.
Freddy Pompeii with The Secrets at The Last Pogo, December 1st, 1978.  Photo copyright Edie Stiener. Rock-steady crew member Ollie Brunton partied away his 16th birthday at Pogo H.Q.,  and the monopolization of all TV, Internet, and munchies for the evening allowed director Colin Brunton to go through some of the DVDs and tapes he’s been given over the past few years.   Short films by Suzanne Naughton and Bruce Pirrie;   hours ...
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