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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 Toronto Archives: Just like old times
Voodoo Priest (a hougan) with Last Pogo t-shirt in Haiti;  photo by Frank Polyak On Monday two Pogo staffers ventured out to get a handful of transition shots of Toronto to use in The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   The first one up was a shot of the city skyline, and so they went to The Docks, and discovered that it was much warmer in the Pogomobile than it was on ...
The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts in Venice, 2009.
The Horseshoe Tavern, circa 1981.  Photo by Hans Boldt.
Dada’s Boys
Photo courtesy Gary Topp Pogo H.Q. was thrilled and very grateful to get a copy of Dada’s Boys, the short filmmaker Peter Vronsky shot in ’77.   A shit-load of great footage by Vronsky and friends was lost by the CBC in thier inimitable style  — The Viletones‘ first trip to NYC; performances by The Ramones and Dead Boys — but the 30 minutes of footage existing is great:  interviews with ...
I’ll take today, you take tomorrow
Teenage Head/Last Pogo display at Dr. Disc’s in The Hammer It’s been a busy week since the passing of iconic Teenage Head frontman Frank “Frankie Venom” Kerr.  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and now the dust is settling.   No word yet on any official tributes, but once we know, you’ll know. Pogo H.Q. cut a cheque for Frankie’s children today (and we urge you to do the same;  details in the ...
The Last Pogo DVD on sale now
Only $12.00 plus a couple of bucks for shipping!   You can buy it on line at the “Sell Out” page, or check out your local indie record store. In Toronto you can find copies at: CIRCUS BOOKS & MUSIC 866 Danforth Avenue at Jones, 416-925-6116 CRIMINAL RECORDS 493 Queen Street West Toronto, ON M5V 2B4, Canada (416) 364-5380 ROTATE THIS 801 Queen Street West Toronto, ON M6J 1G1, Canada (416) 504-8447 HITS ‘N’ MISSES 860 ...
Bringing Toronto punk to the world, 30 years later.
From the November ’08 issue of Alternative Press (AP) NOTE:  This blog is updated whenever something new comes in. Since so many of our pals have asked, here’s what some of the reviewers we sent advance copies of The Last Pogo DVD to had to say.  Pogolicist Woody Whelan has been pounding the pavement, and getting busy at the Post Office, and working the phones and all that and his hard work ...
Don’t you hate it when foreboding movie scores invade reality?
Of all the memorable music scores out there, one that has bored it’s way into the collected consciousness is the menacing and foreboding “daDA…daDA…daDA” cello riff from “Jaws”. Oddly, that was all our external hard-drive had to say for itself after it plunged from the coffee table to the floor during an editing session a couple of nights ago.   No picture, no sound, just the creepy hum ...
All the Young Dudes
Steven “The Dog” Leckie at The Last Pogo, photo Edie Steiner With the dog days of summer coming on, Pogo Post Production is revved up and ready to go. We’re whittling away at the hit list of those that still need to be interviewed, plus a couple more we’d like to check in with again, and going over miles, whoops, kilometres of footage, inching, whoops again, millimetering towards our release ...
The terrible twos
As of June 6th, it’s been two years since we started shooting THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN. Yup, that’s correct: we started shooting this opus on 6/6/6. Weird. Since then, shooting every weekend or so, with lots of help from other filmmakers, we’ve compiled around 150 hours of footage, discovered never-before-seen super-8 footage of The Last Pogo concert, heard never-before-heard tapes of ...
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