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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.

Hey, ho — Let’s go to The 40th Anniversary of The Last Pogo!
This Saturday Dec 1 there will be a rare big-screen showing of The Last Pogo Jumps Again at Toronto’s Revue Cinema. Advance tickets on sale here, and tickets are going fast. We’re installing an exhibit of a couple of hundred handbills from that era (1976 – 1978) in the lobby.  See above for a rough idea, and thanks to everyone who sent us handbills when we were making ...
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.
Have your Razorcake, and eat it too.
The Mods at The Edge, ’79 or ’80;  courtesy Cindy Holmes Not a heck of a lot of shooting happening lately, but we’re starting to get the word out that we need more stuff.  Stuff as in high-res photos and handbills, and of course hints, leads and clues.  Co-director Kire Paputts has been hard at it the last month, organizing and editing the footage, and that’s no mean feat: we’ve got ...
L’ultimo Pogo
Fast Eddie Smith, photographer and bon vivant, is fashionable in Rome.
The Last Pogo available Canada, U.S., Spain, Japan and France.
Nat Records, Tokyo, Japan Sorry, no time to chat!  Busy looking over a few hundred hours of footage, thinking about the missing pieces of the puzzle that was the punk rock scene in Toronto1976 – 1978, and starting to put together our feature doc THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN, schedule to be completed in 2009.   There’s a million details. ———- The Last Pogo (1978) is available at indie record stores in North America, ...
How many punks does it take to change a lightbulb?
Things are humming at Pogo H.Q. and all the bands lined up for the Last Pogo 30th Anniversary Bash are busy rehearsing, paring down their sets, picking out their clothes and avoiding various friends and long-lost relatives who’re hoping to get onto the guest list.  There’s still a handful of tickets left, so scoot down to the Horseshoe, Hits ‘n’ Misses, Rotate This or Soundscapes — or get on-line at ...
Tank rolls on…
L – R: Tony Torcher, Sam Ferrara, Steven Leckie, and Steve Koch; photo by Ross Taylor. First, the good news. Dave “Tank” Roberts has put the worst behind him after a week-long stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto. We spoke to him today, he sounded great, and he hopes to be home in a day or two.
The terrible twos
As of June 6th, it’s been two years since we started shooting THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN. Yup, that’s correct: we started shooting this opus on 6/6/6. Weird. Since then, shooting every weekend or so, with lots of help from other filmmakers, we’ve compiled around 150 hours of footage, discovered never-before-seen super-8 footage of The Last Pogo concert, heard never-before-heard tapes of ...
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