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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 Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre: a brief history
In our feature documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we trace the origins and history of the first wave of punk and new-wave music in Toronto (and Hamilton and London) circa 1976 to 1978.  There was no better place to start than at an extremely smokey theatre in the east end of Toronto.
Cinema and Punk
The opening shot of the title sequence for our film The Last Pogo Jumps Again is a photo of an empty movie theatre, The Allenby, opened in 1936.  It would become The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre (just 243 steps from the Greenwood subway station!) in 1972, run by Gary Topp.   As Stephen Perry of the radio show Equalizing X Distort (on the University of Toronto’s radio ...
Postcards from Toronto Sixties draft dodger-turned-chief economist-for-a-Canadian-big-ass-corporation and writer and postcard collector John Chuckman gave us these gems to share.  Four chickens on a skewer, coming up! The very left edge shows a bit of the Empress Hotel, which sadly burned to the ground last week.  But hey  — how awesome was Yonge Street then?!
In the gutter, looking at the stars
Counter culture doesn’t mean mould and fungus in the kitchen. As Pogo H.Q. gets the equipment readied and the Pogomobile (today a streetcar) revved up and ready for an interview with filmmaker Ron Mann,  a younger head in the R & R Division wasn’t sure what we meant by “counter-culture“, a phrase that popped off our list of questions.   According to Wikipedia (so you know it’s true):  Counterculture (also ...
“I Want the angel who never loses.” R.I.P. Jim Carroll
Patti Smith and Jim Carroll;  courtesy “ifcharlieparkerwasagunslinger”. Rest in peace, Jim Carroll. In Ron Mann’s feature Listen to the City, Jim Carroll played the lead.  He had to be taken to the Addiction Research Foundation every morning in Toronto to get his glass of tang ‘n’ methadone, and then it would be off to film.   The Last Pogo director Colin Brunton was an Associate Producer on the movie.  He’d take Jim for ...
The Ludovico Technique
Last weekend we spent a few hours going over some of the hundreds of hours of footage we’ve compiled since starting to shoot The Last Pogo Jumps Again three years ago — and this not counting the equally humungous pile ‘o’ footage that co-director Aldo Erdic has, nor the batch of footage we’ve dug up from other filmmakers and broadcasters. Compelling, hilarious, occasionally heart-breaking — and with lots of interesting chatter, ...
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