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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.
Record Store Day and free DVDs
Saturday April 18 is International Record Store day, and to join in on the fun, we’re going to be giving away free copies of the 1978 short film The Last Pogo.  The first ten customers who buy The Last Pogo Jumps Again DVD at Toronto’s Soundscapes, Rotate This, Sonic Boom or Tiny Record Shop on Record Store Day get a ...
Nice words from Jersey Beat
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A F#@ked Up Last Pogo
Lyric book.  All photos by David Mewa For a long time, CBC Radio producer Ron Skinner wanted to do something around The Last Pogo.  (For those of you new to these pages, The Last Pogo was the last punk concert at the Horseshoe Tavern when it was booked by legendary Toronto promoters The Garys.  Colin Brunton made a short film of it in 1978;  and now after six years ...
Vivian George photos, IMDB, swag
Screen shot of The Viletones, by Vivian George. We’ll have news soon on some more The Last Pogo Jumps Again screenings across Canada in the new year.  In the meantime, if you went and saw our movie, it’d be great if you could give it a rating out of ten for the International Movie Data Base (IMDB) by clicking on the link right around here.  It helps ...
Viliam Hrubovak/Jolie Fejer photos, and thanks for dropping by.
After eight shows in one week at the Big Picture Cinema in Toronto’s east end, our first run has come to a close.  We got a ton of great press, but more gratifying was the reaction we got at the theatre:  applause every night;  no walk-outs;  and people pleasantly surprised that a 3 hr 20 minute movie could move so fast.  As Less Lee Moore of Popshifter said: 
Suzanne Naughton’s An Afternoon at New Rose
Filmmaker Suzanne Naughton let us use footage from her short film An Afternoon at New Rose for our movie The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  New Rose was the clothing/record store/hangout that fashion designer Margarita Passion started in 1977, when Margarita was the girlfriend of Viletone/Secrets’ Freddy Pompeii.  The pic above is a screen shot of Suzanne with then-boyfriend Bruce Pirrie. The idea for the store came about ...
Peter Vronsky’s Crash ‘n’ Burn movie
Screen shot John Catto of The Diodes The Last Pogo Jumps Again has a ton of 16mm film footage from 1977 and 1978.  One of the biggest contributors was filmmaker, author and university professor Peter Vronsky who let us use footage from his Crash ‘n’ Burn movie.  We asked Peter how it came about and what happened to the missing footage. Photo David Andoff “In 1977 I was living ...
Cinema and Punk
The opening shot of the title sequence for our film The Last Pogo Jumps Again is a photo of an empty movie theatre, The Allenby, opened in 1936.  It would become The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre (just 243 steps from the Greenwood subway station!) in 1972, run by Gary Topp.   As Stephen Perry of the radio show Equalizing X Distort (on the University of Toronto’s radio ...