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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.

Do The Wait
Last Pogo staff member checks his Iphone. Wow, it’s been that long, eh?  The film is done (!) but now we’re just waiting to hear from various folks at various places in order to determine how and when we get our movie out there.  Should have news the middle of August, and at least a cast and crew screening in mid-September.
  The Pogomobile.  
We’re pretty much in the same situation as last week, so … we got nothing.  Except this nice test pattern.  
That’s Alex “Runt” Currie in the middle with the safety pin thru his head. Bollocks was a short film made by Pogo filmmaker Colin Brunton and Elizabeth Aikenhead while they were taking a weekend filmmaking course at the old Toronto Filmmakers’ Co-op.  Their teacher was Patrick Lee, who would, a year later, help Colin pull it together to make The Last Pogo.  We took the original footage to a ...
Imants Krumins
Lifted from Jenny Forest’s Facebook page.
From Bucket List to Fuck It List
The Pogo Department of Propaganda is getting a trailer made for our film.  Award-winning editor Trevor Ambrose (Saturday Night Live, Good God, Stepping Razor Red X) is going to get his hands dirty over the next little while, and we’ll create a link to it when it’s done. Detail from Tremble’s cartoon review of The Last Pogo from the DVD release in 2008. Meanwhile, in Montreal (host of ...
Picture My Face
The late, great Frank “Frankie Venom” Kerr of Hamilton’s Teenage Head.  Photo credit unknown. Steven Leckie of The Viletones swings a chain.  Copyright Ross Taylor 2012 Mike Nightmare of The Ugly gets doused with a stubby.  Copyright Dan Huziak 2012 Steven Leckie draped over Freddy Pompeii, both of The Viletones.  Copyright Gail Bryck 2012. Mickey De Sadist and The Forgotten Rebels.
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 ...
1976’s okay
1976 was the year that Toronto finally started to shake off its lingering image as a conservative, boring small town trying to be a big city.  For lack of a better phrase, it was the year that Toronto began to feel — here it comes — world class.   Think back on the things that happened then:  The Worlds Largest Phallic Symbol, the CN Tower was completed… …The ...
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