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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.

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.
The Horseshoe Tavern 1978
The Horseshoe 1978. In May, 1978, after they left the New Yorker Theatre, partners Topp, Cormier and Silverman took over management of the Horseshoe Tavern, a dive bar that featured country and western music that was at the down-on-its-luck corner of Spadina and Queen. Opened in the 1940’s by Jack Starr, the Horseshoe had a massive main room that could hold five hundred people, and was a favourite hangout ...
The New Yorker Theatre, Toronto, 1976/1977
The New Yorker in the ’30’s when it was known as The Astor. In 1976, with The Original 99 Cent Roxy still pulling in crowds in the east end, Gary Topp and partner Jeff Silverman opened The New Yorker Theatre, on the Yonge Street Strip, fifty yards south of where the indie underground cinema CineCity once stood. The pinball parlour Funland was across street, and on the next block south ...
The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre: a brief history
In our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we trace the origins and history of the first wave of punk and new-wave music in Toronto (and Hamilton and London) circa 1976 to 1978.  There was no better place to start than at an extremely smokey theatre in the east end of Toronto.
R.I.P., Nash, you were one of a kind.
Screen shot from The Last Pogo Jumps Again. It was a terrible shock today to find out that our good friend Jeff “Nash the Slash” Plewman died over the weekend at his house in Toronto.  It’s a very sad day.  Our condolences to his family and friends. Nash would have appreciated the synchronicity we experienced here at Pogo H.Q.:   we were writing notes on the various extras we ...
“Its all killer, no filler.”
Poster by artist Rick Trembles Even with our very limited exposure to date (two cast ‘n’ crew screenings;  World Premiere at Canadian Music Week), we’ve done well with reviewers. In Mechanical Forest Sound, blogger Joe said:  “A true labour of love, this film is a worthy testament to a brief spurt of under-documented and under-appreciated history.”  Sarah Gopaul, posting in Digital Journel:  ” More than just ...
And that’s a wrap.
Bollocks
That’s Alex “Runt” Currie in the middle with the safety pin thru his head. Bollocks was a short film made by Pogo filmmaker Colin Brunton and Elizabeth Aikenhead while they were taking a weekend filmmaking course at the old Toronto Filmmakers’ Co-op.  Their teacher was Patrick Lee, who would, a year later, help Colin pull it together to make The Last Pogo.  We took the original footage to a ...
Picture My Face
The late, great Frank “Frankie Venom” Kerr of Hamilton’s Teenage Head.  Photo credit unknown. Steven Leckie of The Viletones swings a chain.  Copyright Ross Taylor 2012 Mike Nightmare of The Ugly gets doused with a stubby.  Copyright Dan Huziak 2012 Steven Leckie draped over Freddy Pompeii, both of The Viletones.  Copyright Gail Bryck 2012. Mickey De Sadist and The Forgotten Rebels.
Our Back Pages, part two
Steven Leckie of The Viletones at The Last Pogo;  copyright Edie Steiner 2012 Here’s a collection of photos by Edie Steiner that we’ve used in our new movie, The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   These were all taken during the concert called The Last Pogo at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto in 1978.   Our film’s story starts on September 24 1976 — when The Ramones played the Gary Topp’s New ...
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