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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 Last Pogo (1979; 25 minutes) and The Last Pogo Jumps Again (2013; 204 minutes)
THE LAST POGO (1979; 26 minutes) Produced and Directed by Colin Brunton and Patrick Lee; Edited by Patrick Lee Buy it on Vimeo for $9.95 CDN, or rent it for $3.73. From Dangerous Minds: “In 1978, Toronto (and some Hamilton) punks answered Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, a movie lousy with Canadians, by putting on their own star-studded farewell concert at the city’s Horseshoe Tavern.
The Horseshoe Tavern 1978
The Horseshoe 1978. In May, 1978, after they left the New Yorker Theatre, partners Topp, Cormier and Silverman took over management of the Horseshoe Tavern, a dive bar that featured country and western music that was at the down-on-its-luck corner of Spadina and Queen. Opened in the 1940’s by Jack Starr, the Horseshoe had a massive main room that could hold five hundred people, and was a favourite hangout ...
“Its all killer, no filler.”
Poster by artist Rick Trembles Even with our very limited exposure to date (two cast ‘n’ crew screenings;  World Premiere at Canadian Music Week), we’ve done well with reviewers. In Mechanical Forest Sound, blogger Joe said:  “A true labour of love, this film is a worthy testament to a brief spurt of under-documented and under-appreciated history.”  Sarah Gopaul, posting in Digital Journel:  ” More than just ...
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll
From the April issue of Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll This months Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll has a six-page transcription of an interview Last Pogo director Colin Brunton did with Greg Dick at CIUT-FM in 2009, after The Last Pogo was released on DVD (and still available for only $12.00!)   It’s distributed in sixty countries so lots of folks overseas will get a small taste of the kind of action we had ...
Surfin’ on Heroin
Our crazy push for a fresh batch of interviews continues, and we’re just too busy to switch up the music, or think of interesting blogs to write. We spent a few hours with Andy Paterson at his residence at the storied Cameron Tavern during The Big Hockey Game.  Andy was as fascinating and interesting as usual, and before we left gave us a pile of original video of The Government from ...
Hemingway Hated Disco Music
An absolutely rollicking week at Pogo H.Q.: We topped off last week by chatting with fangirl Erika Larner, who’s lineage goes from  Gary Topp’s Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre, where many seeds of punkish suberversion were planted,  to the Ontario College of Art when it was directed by avante-garde administrator Roy Ascott to helping and hanging out with OCA-based bands like The Cads, and Oh Those Pants, and selling beer at ...
More Buildings about Food and Songs, Part One
The B-movie Caged Heat was shown often at Gary Topp’s The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre in Toronto in the mid-seventies.  Written and directed by Jonathon Demme, with an original score by John Cale.   Demme would go on to direct (among many films), The Talking Heads‘ concert film Stop Making Sense. John Cale would play the New Yorker (Gary Topp‘s new venue) theatre in February of 1977, fanning the flames that ...
Another typical week at The Garys’ Horseshoe Tavern in 1978
Now I wanna sniff some glue. Then cut ‘n’ paste.
Half of September 1978 at The Garys’ Horseshoe Tavern. One of the things we wanna do with The Last Pogo Jumps Again is point out the lasting and huge influence the original punk scene has had on everything from music to fashion to art to restaurants … to type fonts.  Check out the lettering on The Dead Boys above;  I’m sure you’ve got a similar font somewhere in the depths of ...
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