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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 Royal mix

Theatre D, west end division.

As you well know, we’ve been working on this project — The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto, Hamilton and London Ontario Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978 — for almost six years now, but we’ve been in a sort of vacuum in that until today we’d never seen our film on a big screen or heard it cranked up to eleven.  Mixmaster Daniel Pellerin of Theatre D did that for us today.  Exciting!  Inspiring! Exclamation marks!!!

Steve Leckie on a park bench with time-code covering his face.

Its hard enough making a film like this when it’s basically a two man show (co-filmmakers Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts, with a big assist from ex-punk, current entertainment lawyer David Quinton Steinberg) so to finally climb out of the basement of Pogo H.Q. to ready our film for the world — more exclamation points!!!

Computers and stuff that mix the movie.

So while Theatre D continues to pound away fixing sound levels, cleaning up wind-noise and other stuff, we’re also going to meet our other post team later this week to see how much cooler they can make our map movement, if they want to juice up our opening  sequence, and if they can blur out the faces of some goofs Steve Leckie had a run in with.

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