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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.

Shit Bandit Talking Heads and The Dishes
“The art scene and the punk scene were completely intertwined,” says Erika Larner.  A regular at the Toronto’s infamous Crash ‘n’ Burn club in ’77, she now works on TV series and feature films in the wardrobe department. The Shit Bandit was a performance group who played at C.E.A.C., The Centre for Experimental Art and Communication in 1976. In the summer of 1977, CEAC lent their ...
Ross Taylor pics
All of the following photos were done by Ross Taylor, and all taken between 1976 and 1980, and they’re all copyright.  First one above is The Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome with the Viletones’ Steven Leckie.  Cheetah is the only non-local featured in our feature doc The Last Pogo Jumps Again, because The Dead Boys played in Toronto a lot and Cheetah is awesome.
Edie Steiner Pix
We had a lot of support from the community putting together our film The Last Pogo Jumps Again.  One of our pals, photographer Edie Steiner, gave us a bunch of shots she did at the original Last Pogo concert from December 1 1978.  (There are about 600 photos in the film;  here’s some of them.)  This first shot is the aftermath of the concert, when the ...
Students and breadlines
We open at the Big Picture Cinema in Toronto on November 1, Friday to Wednesday, 7:30, with 3:30 matinees on Sunday November 3 and Thursday November 7.  For the matinee on Thursday (sorry, no 7:30 show that evening folks), we’re offering a deal for students:  $5 gets you in.   And we figure, y’know, if we’re going to let students in because they have to be tight with ...
“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 ...
Overture, curtains, lights.
We were the opening band for our World Premiere on the last day of Canadian Music Week Film Festival last week.  Saturday Afternoon at the Movies, and we sold out, man. Hat tip to thriftyvinyl.wordpress.com The people at the TIFF Bell Lightbox were great (thanks kids with walkie-talkies!  thanks Jeff Wright!);  filmmakers Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts got there early to set the volume for the pre-show music, ...
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies
Happy Viletones Day, lovers. The world premiere of The Last Pogo Jumps Again will take place at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Bell Lightbox in Toronto, March 23rd, as part of Canadian Music Week. Note from an editor We clock in at three hours, twenty minutes.  Plus an intermission, old skool. Tickets are $10 — cheap!
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 ...
The Last Pogo Jumps Again Cast and Crew Screening
If you were in our movie, or helped out, then you and a friend are invited to the cast and crew screening.  Monday December 10, 7:00 to 11:00 (3.5 hrs w/intermission) at The Projection Booth, 1035 Gerrard St East, just west of Jones — in Toronto.  Stay tuned for a slightly revamped website, plus news on screenings at festivals and theatres.   Six and a half years.  Yowzer.  
And that’s a wrap.
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