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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 Jumps Again DVD re-release.

WHAT ITS ABOUT

“The Last Pogo Jumps Again studies the evolution of Toronto from small town to big city and its 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 its own. In the end, 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.”

204 minutes; colour, black & white. Produced and directed by Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts. Edited by Kire Paputts. Financial assistance by Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council.

Watch the trailer here.

WHERE TO GET IT

You can pick up the DVD (complete with colour booklet and an hour and a half of Special Features) at Toronto brick ‘n’ mortar record stores Rotate This and Sonic Boom. If you’re not in Toronto, you can order through the mail at suction.shop. You can also stream it at Vimeo-On-Demand, (but you won’t get the Special Features or the booklet.)

Please note that the DVD is “Region 1,” which means it will only play on North American DVD players.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID

“Documentaries don’t come more hard-core than The Last Pogo Jumps Again…A truly epic documentary.” NNNN Norm Wilner, NOW Magazine.

“The best punk roc doc I’ve seen.” Nardwuar the Human Serviette.

“…utterly mandatory…one of the best punk rock docs you will ever see — if not the best.” Johnson Cummins, Cult Montreal.

“So engaging that one could imagine a similar documentary about the CBGB’s/Max’s Kansas City getting a prime-time slot on HBO.” Alan Jones, VICE.

“The best documentary of a scene I’ve seen to date.” Jon Wurster, Mountain Goats, Superchunk, The Best Show.

“…a jaw-dropping education…there are brawls and drugs and police raids and outrage. And, through it all, a staggering burst of creativity.” Adam Bunch, The Toronto Dreams Project Historical Ephemera Blog.

“One of the best documentaries ever.” Greg Godovitz, Goddo.

“Coulda watched eight more hours of The Last Pogo Jumps Again.” Danko Jones.

“How a small group of people influenced art, society, a city, and a country.” Bob Mersereau, author, The History of Canadian Rock ‘n’ Roll.

“A masterfully crafted beast…one of the most comprehensive and inspiring documentaries on punk I’ve ever seen.” Sean Arenas, Razorcake

“…definitely worth seeing and the standard-issue punk doc talking heads (Rollins, Grohl, Morris et al) are nowhere to be seen.” Al Quint, Suburban Blog

“…a first-rate home entertainment sausage sack stuffed to overflowing…a Joseph Conrad-like tugboat ride into some kind of Living Fucking Hell that always feels like a Heaven as imagined by Anton Levey.” Greg Klymkiw, The Film Corner.

“A brilliant time machine.” David Marsden, DJ

“Something of a major find: not only does it restore this period and its players to something like rightful status in civic history, it reiterates just how explosive the movement was and how f*#ked it is that it’s been forgotten…a scene that was intense, fleeting, vibrant, crazy and more than a little bruising.” Geoff Pevere, The Globe and Mail.

“…enthralling and brilliant, hilarious and sad.” Don Pyle, Crash Kills Five, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.


“…a must-see.” Aux-TV

“…a history of Toronto’s role in the snottiest of musical movements.” Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“The amount of information presented is nothing short of staggering…the editing is spectacular….infinitely quotable and thought-provoking, as well as frequently hilarious and distressing. It’s all killer, no filler.” Popshifter.


“Exhaustive and woefully overdue.” Geoff Pevere, The Globe and Mail.

“The Last Pogo Jumps Again is as important as Elvis: That’s the Way It is, The Last Waltz, Gimme Shelter, Don’t Look Back, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart and Dig!” Dan Derbridge, music fan.


“…go see it if you can cuz it’s really fucken great, and not nearly the wankerfest these things can often be.” Brian Taylor, Rotate This.

“…a primer for neophytes, an indulgence for viewers with longer memories.” Adam Nayman, Grid TO

“…a brilliant documentary…so fascinating and so poignant…worth every penny and more.” Richard Marcus, Leap in the Dark

“…seamlessly captured the microcosm of the art and punk movement that erupted on Toronto’s Queen Street Circuit as the 1970’s waned. The biggest attraction here is watching the creation of a new music culture unfold…” Jamie Vernon, Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia

“One heck of a past.” Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“Lots of fun.” Chris Frantz, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club

SPECIAL FEATURES MENU IN THE DVD

COLOUR BOOKLET IN THE DVD

Designed by Alicia Remigio, with contributions by Molten Core, Imants Krumins, Ralph Alfonso, Cheryl Daniels, Freddy Pompeii, John Pearson, John Catto, Gary Pig Gold, Gary Topp, Rodney Bowes, Gail Bryck, Don Pyle, Ross Taylor, Anthony Garramone, Dan Huziak, and Edie Steiner

RICK TREMBLES

Rick’s an artist and musician based out of Montreal who created the poster as well as various cartoons for the film. Here’s a few samples starting with some “before and after” sketches.






EDIE STEINER

Edie is a multi-media artist and photographer who was on hand during The Last Pogo in 1978. Here’s some of her pics of the night.


EPHEMERA ETCETERA

Photo and handbill credits.

We do our best to credit all artists, photographers, and collectors on our site and in our movie. All photos copyright the artists listed below. (We would’ve listed the credits under the appropriate pics, but the formatting is weird and confusing.) Please let us know if we missed anyone. Credits from the top down:

The Last Pogo Jumps Again poster – Rick Trembles. Rotate This and Sonic Boom – ? Robert Mitchum – ? Steve Mahon, The Curse, Michael Dent – Rodney Bowes Frankie Venom – ? B-Girls – ? Horseshoe Tavern – Edie Steiner Steven Leckie – Ross Taylor Guy on edge of stage – Jean-Claude Chambers Horseshoe handbill – C. Brunton Last Pogo short film handbill – John Pearson Special features menu – Rick Trembles Booklet images – designed by Alicia Remigio EPHEMERA ETCETERA: Ramones/Dead Boys handbill – ? Teenage Head handbill – Steve Mahon Last Pogo – ? Ruby T’s & others on sidewalk – Rodney Bowes Pink Flamingos poster – Cheryl Daniels Mickey Skin and The Curse cover – Steven Davey All-Nite Rox-A-Thon – John Pearson Sally Catto – Rodney Bowes Horseshoe Tavern handbills – C. Brunton Voo-doo doctor – Frank Polyak Viletones handbill – Freddy Pompeii Roxy matchbox – ? Ramones at New Yorker – Ross Taylor Mod handbill – ? Horseshoe with Volkswagon – Michael Korican Buzzcocks/Gang of Four/Viletones handbill – ? Scenics/Demics handbill – ? Demics – ? Bollocks handbill – C. Brunton Kire in Paris – some random French person Colin Brunton in ’76 – Danny Fields

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