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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.
That Was The Year That Was
In January we got some great photos of The Government (Flat Tire, Hemingway Hated Disco Music);  add Bobbe Besold as yet another of the terrific photographers there were in Toronto back in the mid-seventies.   Our total count so far is 612 photos spread over our four hour movie. We discovered http://chuckmanothercollection.blogspot.com/ and John Chuckman’s awesome collection of postcards.  Unfortunately, not enough dpi to show on the big ...
Odds ‘n’ sods
Desk at Pogo H.Q.  Black panther, Super-8 rolls, hard drive, CD, Sharpie. Picked up a remixed (way more bass) Drastic Measures tune that’s in the film yesterday. When we picked up our High-Def transfer of some Forgotten Rebels footage today, we found out that the guy who did the transfer (at Toronto’s Super-8 transfer joint, Exclusive Film and Video) fairly lost his shit when he realized just what ...
Tony dishes out the goods
Fun thing to do west of Avenue Road in Toronto courtesy of clickdaterepeat.com Co-directors Brunton & Paputts took the Pogomobile down to the dreaded west end of Toronto, the land of beards and bicycles, cafes and culture crowding every corner (really, how many coffee shops do you need?) to visit Dishes and Drastic Measures co-founder Tony Malone in his century home in the annex. Hours of thought and ...
Hey ho ho ho
First two weeks of August 1978 at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern. The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 continues.  Today co-producer/director/editor Kire Paputts was heading off to the west end to check out memorabilia with Drastic Measures’ Tony Malone.  It’s our third visit with Tony. Here’s an example of the ...
Role Call
After almost four years of shooting for The Last Pogo Jumps Again, here’s a list of all the local bands from the specific era September 24 1976 to December 1 1978 that we’ve represented in the film:    The Androids,  Arson, The Battered Wives, The B-Girls, The Cads, Cardboard Brains, Crash Kills Five, The Curse, The Dents, The Demics, The Diodes, Drastic Measures, The Existers, The Fits, Forgotten Rebels, The Government, ...
All Touch
Today we talked with one half of Rough Trade, guitarist/writer Kevan Staples.  Kevan is one of many from the punk/new-wave scene in Toronto who ended up with careers in film and TV, currently a partner at Toronto post-sound house Rhythm Division, and composing scores for films and TV series.  In April we catch up with the Auntie Diva herself, Carole Pope.   (Yea, yea, yea, we know —  Rough Trade weren’t ...
“I use words and I don’t know what they mean.”
Lance Charles channels the spirit of Groucho Marx. We dialed up the Wayback machine to 1973, and in front of the decaying Roxy Theatre, at Greenwood and Danforth, just 246 giant steps from the Greenwood subway station in Toronto,  The Last Pogo Jumps Again directors Brunton and Paputts, along with new Pogo crew member Joe Krumins spent some time with David “Lance Charles” Glincman. For those of you who remember The Original ...
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