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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.

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 ...
“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 ...
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.
  The Pogomobile.  
Chad, why so sad?
  Here at Pogo H.Q. we’ve never had the opportunity to put an LP of Nickelback on the gramophone, so we’re not sure why they’ve become the butt of jokes and ire, etc., but with the general snobby disgust at them, we thought it fitting to play a little April Fool’s joke, and announce that he would be narrating our film.   Most of our closer pals got the joke, ...
What’s long and hard on a Pogo staff member?
Illustration by Rick Trembles. What’s long and hard on a Pogo staff member? Making 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, Parts One And Two.   We started back in June 2006, but we’re now in post-production, albeit with one or two more interviews we’d like to ...
1000 Feet and Closing: Visibility 7-4
Things haven’t changed that much since we made The Last Pogo in 1978: broadcasters aren’t that keen — yet — but the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Arts Council are willing to help us out.  (For those of you unfamiliar with the arts councils here, it basically means that they give you some money to work on your project, and you have full creative control.  Boners!)
2000 Feet and Closing: Visibility 1-7
We did one more interview last week with the Cardboard Brains‘ guitarist and co-founder Vince Carlucci.   We’ve got just two more people on our wish list before we finally stop production and focus on post.
Jesus died for somebodys sins
Snagged from a 2007 Drunk Jays Fans post. And speaking of Drunk Jays Fans — is it okay to be a baseball fan and still enjoy putting together the puzzle that is The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased & Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978?  For sure!   As we wind down on the last interviews over the next couple of weeks, a few ...
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