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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.

“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 ...
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!
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.  
Seriously
  The Pogomobile.  
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.
1976’s okay
1976 was the year that Toronto finally started to shake off its lingering image as a conservative, boring small town trying to be a big city.  For lack of a better phrase, it was the year that Toronto began to feel — here it comes — world class.   Think back on the things that happened then:  The Worlds Largest Phallic Symbol, the CN Tower was completed… …The ...
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 ...
Hemingway Hated Disco Music
An absolutely rollicking week at Pogo H.Q.: We topped off last week by chatting with fangirl Erika Larner, who’s lineage goes from  Gary Topp’s Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre, where many seeds of punkish suberversion were planted,  to the Ontario College of Art when it was directed by avante-garde administrator Roy Ascott to helping and hanging out with OCA-based bands like The Cads, and Oh Those Pants, and selling beer at ...
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