Michael Wekerle (pictured) has to postpone the Elmo’s reopening, High Priestess joins the music publishing game, and virtual clubbing via Zoom takes off. Also in the headlines are The Strokes, Vivek Shraya, Bob Dylan, Paradigm, Ed O’Brien, Glastonbury, quarantine pop, Ed Sheeran, Pitbull, and DroppTV.
Juno-nominated rapper bbno$ (pictured) boosted by TikTok, a Vancouver rock 'n roll mystery, and changes for the El Mocambo and Hugh’s Room Live. Others in the headlines include Julie Payette, the Junos, James Rhodes, Spotify, Rawlins Cross, Villages, SXSW, Gibson, Dubset, Charles Manson, Nick Cave, Ravel, Steve Earle, and Nathaniel Rateliff.
A media walkthrough of the El Mocambo's $30M urban chic refit Tuesday came with a waterfall of historical facts about the two-storey walk-up that is now three stories with a full suite of topline audio and video gear for real-time concert broadcasts.
Five years ago, investor Michael Wekerle purchased Toronto nightclub the El Mocambo for $3.8 million.
More rumours around the El Mocambo (pictured), Drake’s bar venture flops, and StubHub is fined. Also in the headlines are Max Kerman, Vivek Shraya, Celine Dion, Hamilton, The Zombies, Jenn Grant, YouTube, The Third Mind, Rihanna, Tupac, Elton John, Rush, Bonnie Maclean, and The KLF.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have a new album and film coming, Stephen Harper advises Beatdapp, and Corin Raymond's next record includes a book. Also in the news are Schmoozefest, Myles Goodwyn,(pictured) Michael Wekerle's Elmo, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees, Marcia Chum, AJungi, Zachary Lucky , Rich Aucoin, and farewell Steve Cash, Pops Chambers, and Jay Frank.
The Live Music Industry Awards move from the El Mocambo (pictured), Jann is a legit hit, and The Hunter Brothers score at the SCMAs. Also making news: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, CMW's Pitch & Get Paid, Halifax Jazz Festival, CFMU, Americana fest, Creative Manitoba, Morrissey, TJFF, Montreal metal, and farewells to Gary Stewart and Paul Raymond.
The El Mocambo hosts the Live Music Industry Awards, Monster Truck (pictured) returns to the road, and UMC spotlights its domestic roster. Also in the news are the Canadian Music Class Challenge, TD Discovery Series, Big Fun Festival, Radiohead, Edmonton Music Prize, FAI, NYE gigs, Bumbershoot, Music BC, Rock the Joint, Surauchie, The Drake, and Jacob Hoggard. Video added for your enjoyment.
Kaia Kater (pictured) is on a roll, Headstones stay relevant, and Elizabeth Shepherd brings Montreal stories to life. Others in the headlines include the El Mocambo, Leonard Cohen, Harrison, Kris Wu, Dave McEathron, Al Purdy, Reuben and the Dark, Tokyo Police Club, USMCA, Chinese streaming, Universal Music, ticketing, Pirate Studios, cassettes, promoters, Latin Grammys, Jeff Tweedy, Ted Nugent, George Clinton, and Justin Bieber.
The El Mocambo's neon palms return (pictured), and Alessia Cara's new album is announced. Also in the news are Music BC, Hugh's Room Live, Let's Hear It, Saskatchewan Music Awards, J Noble, Naming The Twins, Bongo Boy, and farewells to Wah Wah Watson, Jack O'Donnell, Jabulani Tsambo, and Sonny Fortune. Videos added for your enjoyment.
This legendary studio guru now lives in Toronto and is playing a pivotal role in the transformation of the El Mocambo. In this wide-ranging interview, he discusses his early days in English studios, working with Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles, Woodstock, his passion for music photography, and much more.
New owner Michael Wekerle and his team expect the newly renovated Elmo complex to open its doors in spring and in time for the launch of CMW in May.