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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.

35 years ago today
December 1, 1978 was the night of The Last Pogo concert at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.  It was completed as a short film a year later, and then 35 years after that, filmmakers Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts finally completed, after six years of shooting and editing, The Last Pogo Jumps Again, a three hour and twenty minute feature document(ary) that acts as a sort of prequel.
Our Back Pages, part two
Steven Leckie of The Viletones at The Last Pogo;  copyright Edie Steiner 2012 Here’s a collection of photos by Edie Steiner that we’ve used in our new movie, The Last Pogo Jumps Again.   These were all taken during the concert called The Last Pogo at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto in 1978.   Our film’s story starts on September 24 1976 — when The Ramones played the Gary Topp’s New ...
Motion Picture Purgatory
Comic strip review, copyright Rick Trembles. The absolutely coolest review our project The Last Pogo (1978) got was Rick Trembles‘ comic strip review that appeared in the Montreal Mirror as part of Rick’s weekly Motion Picture Purgatory series upon the release of the DVD in 2008.   (And hey — there’s still copies to be had for the low low price of $12.00;  visit the store.) Detail from same ...
No Fun
Courtesy of Aldo Erdic Today The Last Pogo Jumps Again co-director Kire Paputts (with wing-man Richard Fiander handling second camera) hangs out in Grange Park with some of The Diodes, and An Awesome Friend Of The Project tries to get us a few moments with Godfather Iggy Fucking Pop on Friday, ’cause we need to hear his thoughts on all things punk, and find out what specific type of ...
Fast, Cheap & Good
Raggedy handbill, 1976;  courtesy of Robert Malyon. Smoking a joint in the back row of his movie theatre The New Yorker, watching the out-of-synch Blank Generation, promoter Gary Topp twigged on the idea of bringing some of the bands from Amos Poe’s movie into town.  It was 1976.  When he tried to track down The Ramones, few people in the business knew who they were. Photo by David Andoff. A concrete stage was ...
Mansquito
In the early eighties, when Last Pogo director Colin Brunton was doing anything to get his foot in the door of the film business, he worked as a production assistant on a rock video for the band Toronto, with SFX courtesy of a dry-ice machine and starring a cat (one of Brunton’s duties was to go to one of those suspect meat stores down by Regent Park that opened at ...
Japan’s DOLL Magazine love us long time, baby
Okay, so buy it already.  Twelve bucks.  Canadian! As we continue to shoot and edit The Last Pogo Jumps Again, we thought we’d make a pitch to you, dear reader, to buy a copy of The Last Pogo, the 1978 punk rock doc that has an amazing batting average of .1000 with critics and bloggers.  1000!  That’s like Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth birthing a super-baby — with A-Rod acting ...
On with the show, this is it.
Okay, we’ve got the final line-up, so here ya go.   A couple of last minute fiddlings, and we’re now set.  We couldn’t get everyone out to the party (The Second Last Pogo?), but we’ve got a jam-packed evening lined up.  And who knows who else might drop in at the last minute.  Speaking of the last minute, as of Sunday, November 9 the show is either half sold out (if ...
Here a pogo, there a pogo, everywhere a Last Pogo
The continued shooting and editing of The Last Pogo Jumps Again has been put on hold for a couple of weeks while we get ready for the DVD release of the original film, The Last Pogo.   We’ve never visited the post-office so much as we have in the last week, shipping orders to stores in San Diego, Glendale, and Chicago;  dropping samples off at local Toronto stores;  and grabbing the ...
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 ...
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