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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.

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.
Voodoo Punk Smackdown
Callum Keith Rennie screams at Maurice Dean Wint in Curtis’ Charm “It’s time to shine your shoes, it’s time to comb your hair,” ’cause there’s a double-bill (described by Eye Magazine as “scrappy“) at the Art Gallery of Ontario tonight, Tuesday October 20: John L’ecuyer’s Curtis’ Charm and our very own The Last Pogo will be screened at Jackman Hall, presented by TIFF CInematheque in a program called Toronto on Film.   ...
Teenage Head; Headstones; head shots
Heavily influenced by Hamilton’s Teenage Head, actor/musician Hugh Dillon fronted the Headstones, became an actor and got head-shots made, and now as one of the leads in the new TV series Flashpoint, makes head shots of another kind as he plays a sniper for a fictitious Toronto swat team. And if that ain’t enough to keep a fella busy, Hugh also fronts his band The Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir.
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