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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.

What’s not in 1976
If you go see The Last Pogo Jumps Again, you’ll see a Toronto that is very different from the one you know today.  There was lots of stuff that just didn’t exist in 1976. Like gun violence.  It was rumoured that Ugly lead singer Mike Nightmare always packed a piece, and he was a bona-fide criminal, so that was a legit tool of the trade, I guess,  ...
Under construction!
So, we had a pretty raucous cast and crew screening at the lovely run-down Projection Booth Theatre in Toronto in December, and now its time to apply to festivals and maybe a little tour of sorts. It was only for “cast and crew” and there were a couple of hundred people and a couple of hundred beers there.  If you’ve never, y’know, spent over six years making a documentary ...
Hip Surgery
The Last Pogo Jumps Again advisory committee. You spend over six years on a project, you want to get it right.  So after doing an awesome Dolby 5.1 mix, sprucing up 35 years+ cassette tapes, then getting a beautiful transfer onto High Def tape, we took one last look at our baby — The Last Pogo Jumps Again — and decided we needed just a couple of nips and ...
Bollocks
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 ...
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 ...
That Was The Year That Was
In January we got some great photos of The Government (Flat Tire, Hemingway Hated Disco Music);  add Bobbe Besold as yet another of the terrific photographers there were in Toronto back in the mid-seventies.   Our total count so far is 612 photos spread over our four hour movie. We discovered http://chuckmanothercollection.blogspot.com/ and John Chuckman’s awesome collection of postcards.  Unfortunately, not enough dpi to show on the big ...
What’s long and hard on a Pogo staff member?
Illustration by Rick Trembles. What’s long and hard on a Pogo staff member? Making The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto, Hamilton and London Ontario Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978, Parts One And Two.   We started back in June 2006, but we’re now in post-production, albeit with one or two more interviews we’d like to ...
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