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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 ...
Okay, so mark you calendars ’cause in a couple of weeks Greg Dick — hairstylist, ex-Dream Date, current lead singer of the 2010 version of The Ugly, and radio host on Equalizing Distort will be celebrating his 50th birthday.
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll
From the April issue of Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll This months Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll has a six-page transcription of an interview Last Pogo director Colin Brunton did with Greg Dick at CIUT-FM in 2009, after The Last Pogo was released on DVD (and still available for only $12.00!)   It’s distributed in sixty countries so lots of folks overseas will get a small taste of the kind of action we had ...
Old schoolers take ’em to school
David Quinton of The Mods, June 6 ’08;  photo by Jean Trivett Hey, David, what’s up with that cool t-shirt?  David says, via his MySpace page:  “This T-shirt was made by me and my kids – the names of all my favourite drummers are printed all over the front! Ready? Here they are…see how many of their bands you can name (no cheating): Aynsley Dunbar, Jerry Shirley, Keith Moon, Richard Starkey, ...
We’re three years old today!
Yuppers.  Three years ago today we started shooting our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  We’ve amassed a hundred plus hours of interviews; secured yards of rare footage of the “never before seen” variety; and have jammed our external drives with tons ‘o’ jpgs.   We’ve captured a dozen or so sets of old-school bands from the back in the day, and watched as our hard-drive collapsed in a fit ...
Our Back Pages
Steve Koch with The Ugly at The Last Pogo 30th;  photo Ross Taylor. In the late seventies, being the only punk in Calgary (although he’d find out later there was this other guy called Warren Kinsella skulking around the south side) made Steve Koch feel as though people thought he was either (a) dangerous, (b) developmentally challenged, or, most likely (c) a little bit of both. He sent a fan letter to ...
Lines form on my face and hands…
Unidentified reveler, David Quinton, Greg Dick;  photo by Edie Steiner. And lines should be forming for a couple of way-cool shows coming your way soon.  This Thursday, April 16th there is going to be a pretty awesome line-up at the old Silver Dollar in Toronto: Blue Coupe in their first Toronto gig.  Who, might you ask, are Blue Coupe?  Who aren’t they?!   The Blue part is Joe and Albert Bouchard from ...
Stuff we did in 2008
Greg Trinier of The Mods;  1978 & 2008;  photos Edie Steiner As the DVD release of The Last Pogo (Toronto Punk 1978) continues to make its way to indie record stores across the globe, we’re on the last stretch of our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again. Directors Colin Brunton, Kire Paputts and Aldo Erdic, with the help of a ton of people, not the least being Gary Topp, David Quinton, ...
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