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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.

Hey, ho — Let’s go to The 40th Anniversary of The Last Pogo!
This Saturday Dec 1 there will be a rare big-screen showing of The Last Pogo Jumps Again at Toronto’s Revue Cinema. Advance tickets on sale here, and tickets are going fast. We’re installing an exhibit of a couple of hundred handbills from that era (1976 – 1978) in the lobby.  See above for a rough idea, and thanks to everyone who sent us handbills when we were making ...
The Last Pogo (1979; 25 minutes) and The Last Pogo Jumps Again (2013; 204 minutes)
THE LAST POGO (1979; 26 minutes) Produced and Directed by Colin Brunton and Patrick Lee; Edited by Patrick Lee Buy it on Vimeo for $9.95 CDN, or rent it for $3.73. From Dangerous Minds: “In 1978, Toronto (and some Hamilton) punks answered Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, a movie lousy with Canadians, by putting on their own star-studded farewell concert at the city’s Horseshoe Tavern.
Edie Steiner Pix
We had a lot of support from the community putting together our film The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  One of our pals, photographer Edie Steiner, gave us a bunch of shots she did at the original Last Pogo concert from December 1 1978.  (There are about 600 photos in the film;  here’s some of them.)  This first shot is the aftermath of the concert, when the ...
I Like Living In Scarborough
Swollen Members at the Shock Theatre;  photo by Paul Till Big thanks to photographer Paul Till for the photo of Evan Siegel twisting to a Swollen Members tune at the Shock Theatre in 1977, and to Cardboard Brains’ Vince Carlucci for digging up this old newspaper ad.   Yes kids, we made our own handbills without the help of a computer and not everyone looked what you might have thought ...
Between the Buttons
Best punk band ever. Today co-director Kire Paputts heads up for visit #4 with legendary promoter Gary Topp to shoot buttons and other memorabilia in Topper’s joint.   Meanwhile, Cardboard Brains’ Vince Carlucci’s photo exhibit continues at Oz Studios at 134 Ossington Avenue.  This Friday they’re gonna screen The Last Pogo Jumps Again‘s second-unit director Aldo Erdic’s half-hour doc Circa ’77:  The Diodes along with The Last Pogo, and dvds ...
L’ultimo Pogo, parte due
The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts sends us this note from Europe:  “I decided to take on the Gladiators. Next stop, Greek philosophers.”
L’ultimo Pogo
Fast Eddie Smith, photographer and bon vivant, is fashionable in Rome.
Stuff we did in 2008
Greg Trinier of The Mods;  1978 & 2008;  photos Edie Steiner As the DVD release of The Last Pogo (Toronto Punk 1978) continues to make its way to indie record stores across the globe, we’re on the last stretch of our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again. Directors Colin Brunton, Kire Paputts and Aldo Erdic, with the help of a ton of people, not the least being Gary Topp, David Quinton, ...
More photos from The Last Pogo 30th B-day bash
All photos in today’s blog by Edie Steiner… VInce Carlucci, Cardboard Brains Sandy MacFadeyen, Cardboard Brains Andy Meyers, The Scenics Ken Badger, The Scenics Mickey de Sadist, Forgotten Rebels Greg Trinier, The Mods The B-Girls Alex Topp, Steven Leckie and The Solutions! Steven Leckie, Steven Leckie and The Solutions! Alex Topp, Steven Leckie and The Solutions! Aldo Erdic, The Last Pogo Jumps Again Kire Paputts, The Last Pogo Jumps Again Greg Dick, The Ugly Steve Koch, The Ugly Sam Ferrara, ...
Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover says…
While we toil away at Pogo Post Production, assembling our footage, scanning documents and buttons, securing rights and correcting wrongs, puzzling through the piles of video tape and film — we continue to get press for the first movie we did, THE LAST POGO, out on DVD around the world. The latest kudos come from Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover magazine, the densely packed twice-yearly publication out of NYC.   We ...
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