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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
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, ...
London (Ontario) Calling!
The Cardboard Brains in good company;  courtesy Trouser Press Magazine. Pogo H.Q. got an email today from Cardboard Brains‘ lead-singer/songwriter John Paul Young today.   We’re hoping that in the next week or two we can send co-director Kire Paputts down there in the Pogomobile to get Part Two of our interview with him.  (Part One was conducted in 2007, and we stupidly did most of it down by a river, under ...
What’s time to a pig?
A pig farmer is showing off his farm to a visitor.  He points out a huge pig, glowing with health, lounging in the corner of his stall (which was, frankly, a pigsty, hyuk hyuk hyuk.)  The visitor asks him why the pig looks so much better than the others.  “Well,” said the farmer, “This here’s my favourite.  I feed the other pigs plain old slop, but this one’s going to ...
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 ...
The Last Pogo available Canada, U.S., Spain, Japan and France.
Nat Records, Tokyo, Japan Sorry, no time to chat!  Busy looking over a few hundred hours of footage, thinking about the missing pieces of the puzzle that was the punk rock scene in Toronto1976 – 1978, and starting to put together our feature doc THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN, schedule to be completed in 2009.   There’s a million details. ———- The Last Pogo (1978) is available at indie record stores in North America, ...
The Second Last Pogo
Stage manager Nip Kicks;  photo by Jean Trivett After two and a half years of shooting, we finally finished principal photography on THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN by taking our swat-team of a shooting crew down to our old haunt, The Horseshoe Tavern, and shooting The Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash. We’ve still got some interviews we need to do — you know who you are!
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