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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.

The Last Pogo will be the last pogo @ NXNE, 2008

Audience at The Last Pogo, December 1, 1978

Okay, so if you haven’t visited before, here’s the deal. In 1978 we made a short film called The Last Pogo, about a very cool concert presented by legendary promoters (winners of a Toronto Arts Award) The Garys.   They pulled together some of their favourite Toronto/Hamilton bands:  Teenage Head, The Viletones, The Ugly, The Mods, The Secrets, The Cardboard Brains and The Scenics played, and by the end of the show, there was a near-riot.   Now it’s thirty years later, and we’re making a sequel-of-sorts, The Last Pogo Jumps Again, a documentary about ghosts from the past;  a cross between Michael Apted’s Seven-Up series and Christopher Guest’s This is Spinal Tap.   We’ve been shooting stuff since June 2006.   All the original bands from the show are on board, and then some, including Tommy Ramone and Cheetah Chrome. We’re trying to nail down what this punk rock thing was and is, aiming our sights on the specific period from September 76 to December 78, if you’re keeping track.

On June 15th, we’re going to show the original movie, The Last Pogo, in Toronto at the NXNE Festival; it’ll close the festival out at the National Film Board.   This will be the first time it’s been played in public in almost thirty years.  There’s more NXNE news: our buddy Chester LeBeaux is going to show his awesome “rock video” of The Scenics, one of the bands from The Last Pogo, on opening night. And on same said night, The Scenics themselves will be playing at Rancho Relaxo. So be there, be square, and all that stuff.

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