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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.

Vivian George photos, IMDB, swag

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Screen shot of The Viletones, by Vivian George.

We’ll have news soon on some more The Last Pogo Jumps Again screenings across Canada in the new year.  In the meantime, if you went and saw our movie, it’d be great if you could give it a rating out of ten for the International Movie Data Base (IMDB) by clicking on the link right around here.  It helps bring notice to our movie and gives us a better shot at screenings.

Meanwhile, Detroit born photographer Vivian George came by one of the matinees a couple of weeks ago, and shared all of these shots with us.  Kick out the jams, motherfu … uh, we mean Vivian.

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CIUT-FM disc jockey Daibhid James and hot date hang around with filmmaker Colin Brunton at the front of the theatre during intermission.

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Filmmaker Kire Paputts wearing blue leather jacket (of a university he never went to, lying liar!) chats with people outside the theatre, waiting for it to open on a Sunday matinee.

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Screen shot of Nash the Slash all wrapped up and ready to go.

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Everyone is texting at the intermission, including (on the left) Gerald Ruzka Lukaniuk, and in the middle, Danny Cass.  Danny is an old friend of both filmmaker Colin Brunton and uber-promoter Gary Topp, and came up with the idea of adding “The Original” to the Gary’s Roxy theatre, making it then known as The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre.  Near the end of the screening that day, we heard someone tell someone else to SHUT UP, and then saw Danny running up the aisle and out on the street, talking on his Iphone;  Topp called to find out how he liked the movie (loved it!), but hadn’t realized there were still twenty minutes to go, due to delays and such.  At least one audience member was not amused.

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Filmmaker Colin Brunton manning the box-office, much like 40 years ago when he worked at The Original 99 Cent Roxy Theatre, where it all sort of began.  DVD’s of the 1978 short The Last Pogo are on a shelf at the back in the swag section.  Other swag were full-colour, full-size posters, and hand-screened five colour t-shirts, all of which are on sale at our store, right around here.

So, to sum up:  new screenings in the new year soon to be announced;  please rate us on the IMDB;  and get that punk of yours some cool swag by visiting our store.

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