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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.

“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 ...
“The farther away I get from Hamilton, the less interesting the world becomes.”
Late notice, but there’s going to be a free “cast ‘n’ crew” screening at the venerable This Ain’t Hollywood tavern in The Hammer on Tuesday night, named after the same song by locals The Forgotten Rebels.  If you were in the film, or helped us wrangle music or posters or photos or handbills, or were friends with someone who did, then consider yourself invited.  Like, we’re not checking ...
Digging cuteness in 3D
The Google Alert we got today at Pogo H.Q. alerted us to this page on the Information Superhighway.  The mangled English is the best. Watch The Last Pogo Jumps Again (2013) Streaming Tv and Movies Online Still remember the crew act crazy serial? Well now you can again enjoy their crazy act and this time it will be more exciting again.
“Enthralling and brilliant, hilarious and sad.”  So said photographer/musician/producer Don Pyle, late of first wave punk/new-wave band Crash Kills Nine, then Crash Kills Five, and then the surf-punk instrumentalists Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.  Don was all of 14 years old when he used to hang out at the Crash ‘n’ Burn and Horseshoe Tavern.  “Did we never check i.d.?”, Pogo co-director Brunton asked legendary promoter Gary ...
Overture, curtains, lights.
We were the opening band for our World Premiere on the last day of Canadian Music Week Film Festival last week.  Saturday Afternoon at the Movies, and we sold out, man. Hat tip to thriftyvinyl.wordpress.com The people at the TIFF Bell Lightbox were great (thanks kids with walkie-talkies!  thanks Jeff Wright!);  filmmakers Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts got there early to set the volume for the pre-show music, ...
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies
Happy Viletones Day, lovers. The world premiere of The Last Pogo Jumps Again will take place at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Bell Lightbox in Toronto, March 23rd, as part of Canadian Music Week. Note from an editor We clock in at three hours, twenty minutes.  Plus an intermission, old skool. Tickets are $10 — cheap!
Under construction!
So, we had a pretty raucous cast and crew screening at the lovely run-down Projection Booth Theatre in Toronto in December, and now its time to apply to festivals and maybe a little tour of sorts. It was only for “cast and crew” and there were a couple of hundred people and a couple of hundred beers there.  If you’ve never, y’know, spent over six years making a documentary ...
The Last Pogo Jumps Again Cast and Crew Screening
If you were in our movie, or helped out, then you and a friend are invited to the cast and crew screening.  Monday December 10, 7:00 to 11:00 (3.5 hrs w/intermission) at The Projection Booth, 1035 Gerrard St East, just west of Jones — in Toronto.  Stay tuned for a slightly revamped website, plus news on screenings at festivals and theatres.   Six and a half years.  Yowzer.  
And that’s a wrap.
Last countdown for Last Pogo Jumps Again
Producer/Directors Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts sport cool tees.  Photo by English Nigel. So, another week or so and we’re finished.  Montreal artist Rick Trembles has created a beautiful suitable-for-framing poster;  Daniel Pellerin at Theatre D Digital stitched in a few changes in the mix, and Mijo are doing a fresh high-def transfer.  Stay tuned for an announcement about the cast and crew screening, coming soon.  No, really.
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