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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.

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.
Hip Surgery
The Last Pogo Jumps Again advisory committee. You spend over six years on a project, you want to get it right.  So after doing an awesome Dolby 5.1 mix, sprucing up 35 years+ cassette tapes, then getting a beautiful transfer onto High Def tape, we took one last look at our baby — The Last Pogo Jumps Again — and decided we needed just a couple of nips and ...
The Royal mix
Theatre D, west end division. As you well know, we’ve been working on this project — The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto, Hamilton and London Ontario Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 — for almost six years now, but we’ve been in a sort of vacuum in that until today we’d never seen our film ...
32 bands, 52 songs, 36 F Bombs
Yes, “Final Reel One” notes.  Almost there.  After clearing the last film clip — The Government live performing Hemingway Hated Disco Music;  thanks John Anderson! — and getting confirmation on a song from Gideon’s Rainbow (I know!) we’ve got one or two more small things to settle (and we’re assured everything is fine) and then you can stick the proverbial fork in our collected asses and turn us ...
Enter Mixmaster Daniel
Now that we’re this close to locking picture, we’re getting pumped and prepped for our sound design and final mix.  And you won’t get anyone at the controls who’s any better than Daniel Pellerin.   His resume is an embarrassment of riches, and includes features like American Psycho, Hedwig & The Angry Inch and everything that Atom Egoyan has done.  He’ll will be working with Christopher Guglick, who’s resume ...
Animal Control
Julian Richings as Larry in Animal Control; photo by Mike Perreo In between dodging Ukranian hackers attacking our site, shuffling scenes around in editing, and lining up the last of the last of the interviews, the crew at Pogo H.Q. have been busy doing other stuff. Co-director Kire Paputts (with partner-in-crime James Vandewater) is putting the finishing touches on his short film Animal Control.
I Like Living in Scarborough (or why I don’t live there)
It’s awesome that we get stuff like this sent to us;  courtesy Rusty Longtrucks a.k.a. Rusty Chambers a.k.a. Mel Torment a.k.a. Evan Siegel Yea, well maybe a hacker got to us, maybe they didn’t:  The Pogo I.T. department have their hammers and blowtorches out and are in fix-it mode;  Pogo Cyber  Detectives are tracking down the IP address of the hacker; the authorities have been notified.
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