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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.

It takes a Tiny Village
Steven “Nazi Dog” Leckie of The Viletones points at food, circa ’78;  photo by Rodney Bowes. THE LAST POGO (1978)  There’s a cool review of The Last Pogo in the current edition of the nifty webzine Tiny Mix Tapes.   They peg it a “masterful disaster-piece” and give us a sort of back-handed compliment with:   “…it’s the quick runtime that blocks The Last Pogo from reaching the pinnacle of the ...
Happy trails
The best way to prep for a big edit session in a tiny hotel room is, of course, to go out for an hour-and-a-half ride on a horse, and that’s just what we did yesterday.  The horse director Brunton got was called Angel, was anything but, and of all the horses in our group, was by far the filthiest and most ill-tempered.
Ready for your close-up, Mr. Pogo
Today marks The Last Pogo’s acting debut!  Playing the part of “Anonymous silent filler on TV screens”,  bits and pieces of The Last Pogo will be seen in the background of scenes set in a bar called “Shooters”, in reality a bar/restaurant called The Wooden Nickle in charming Indian Head, Saskatchewan for an upcoming episode of Little Mosque on the Prairie.  Various technical difficulties forced The Last Pogo to sit ...
Teenage Indian Head
A busy week for us here in Pogo Headquarters. Artist John Pearson is putting the final touches on a mini-poster for the record stores that’ll be selling The Last Pogo DVD (release date October 14th); Andy Meyers of Allowed Sound Studio in B.C. has finished the “Duophonic” sound mix for the movie; publicist Woody Whelan is lining up a few more interviews — up this ...
A shot in the dark and a kick in the head
Zero of ZRO4; photo Nathan Robinson A blast from the past last Friday at the grungy old-skool watering hole The Silver Dollar in Toronto as first-wave punkers ZR04 and Tyranna hit the stage and played the hits. Camera operator/solar panel dude Dave Watts earned a camera operator credit for The Last Pogo Jumps Again by simultaneously shooting footage and consuming large amounts of suspect beer in “very low-light” ...
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