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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.

Teenage Head; Headstones; head shots

Heavily influenced by Hamilton’s Teenage Head, actor/musician Hugh Dillon fronted the Headstones, became an actor and got head-shots made, and now as one of the leads in the new TV series Flashpoint, makes head shots of another kind as he plays a sniper for a fictitious Toronto swat team. And if that ain’t enough to keep a fella busy, Hugh also fronts his band The Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir. What’s the Last Pogo connection? Hugh allowed us an interview last summer at the scene of the crime, the venerable Horseshoe Tavern where he raved about Teenage Head’s Frankie Venom, Gord Lewis and Steve Mahon and was one of the most candid interviews we’ve done (i.e. he’ll talk about drugs…). So, if you’re not at The Screwed at the Cadillac Lounge on Friday (see poster below), then cosy up, watch Hugh kill people, and see if you can detect a little Venom in his character.

Pogo H.Q. has ramped up the editing suite (sweet!), but that was balanced out by P.S. Productions finally demanding the tripod they’d lent us for … uh … the past two years. So if any of the shots in our feature THE LAST POGO JUMPS AGAIN seem a little shaky, it’s all their fault! All joking aside, it’s nice to get support from a big-ass company like P.S. (Unlike, of course, the lack of support from the likes of big asses like The National Film Board and Telefilm Canada.)

Been there? Done that? Uh…wanna buy another rock t-shirt? A reminder that tres-cool Last Pogo t-shirts have been reduced in price to the oddly coincidental low low price of $19.78. How can we sell them that cheap? Volume, volume, volume. As in, we’re not selling too many, so maybe we’d better lose a few bucks and have more fans nattily attired.   Hey, if Telefilm won’t help us, and the NFB see little merit in our project, t-shirt sales will go a long way towards video stock and stuff.  Especially stuff.

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