Many filmmakers have documented the punk movements that made up America and the U.K. in the 70’s, but what many of them fail to mention is that Canada had a massive scene of it’s own.
The Last Pogo Jumps Again is a 2013 documentary by Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts which chronicles what they call “Punk’s Last Waltz,” and looks at the evolution of the punk scene in Toronto from 1976 to 1978.
The documentary starts with the Ramones’ first Canadian performance at The New Yorker on Yonge St., and ends with Teenage Head’s last pogo concert at the Horseshoe Tavern when police shut it down and caused a giant punk riot.
Brunton told CBC:
“It was the perfect storm, where Toronto was really starting to change culturally. Toronto was starting to get a bit cooler, because before that there really wasn’t a thing called the counterculture. When the Ramones came to town, it sparked a whole new spirit and really gave people permission to do whatever they wanted in art. You didn’t need training.”
It features the music of The Secrets, The Viletones, Margarita Passion, The Scenics, Tyrannia, Battered Wives, The Ugly and other big influences.
The documentary is available online and runs approximately 204 minutes, it’s sure to be full of rebellious teens drinking beer, getting bloody and pogo dancing.
Watch the trailer for The Last Pogo Jumps Again in the player above.