THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE

Annex Post - - NEWS -

THE GOOD

We were start­ing to won­der about the El Mo­cambo. Rich in­vest­ment guru Michael Wek­erle buys primo build­ing and shuts it up tight while us­ing the le­gendary name to sell shirts. Maybe it would just stay shut? Or were con­dos on the way? Then mu­sic jour­nal­ist Alan Cross in­ter­viewed world-renowned pro­ducer and en­gi­neer Ed­die Kramer, hard at work inside the El Mo, and the news caused our mu­sic-lov­ing hearts to skip a beat. The city is get­ting a stun­ning new $10 mil­lion fa­cil­ity with an up­stairs con­cert hall, 26-foot ceil­ings and a bal­cony! Swoon.

THE BAD

Maybe we should ap­pre­ci­ate our top bu­reau­crats more? The city has lost three key peo­ple: TTC head Andy By­ford is now head­ing up the New York City Tran­sit, chief plan­ner Jen­nifer Keesmaat re­turned to the pri­vate sec­tor and city manager Peter Wal­lace went to work for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Any­one who has wit­nessed a city coun­cil meet­ing and caught a glimpse of how these top pro­fes­sion­als are treated by coun­cil­lors in pub­lic, let alone be­hind closed doors, will un­der­stand why they aren’t stick­ing around. But they are ob­vi­ously highly skilled and are con­stantly be­ing re­cruited by oth­ers. It has to stop.

THE BIZARRE

Toronto will once again be taken over by down-swing­ing com­bat­ants as the an­nual Pil­low Fight Day is cel­e­brated on April 7 at 3 p.m. This city loves a good pub­lic space gath­er­ing, and there have been many such events, in­clud­ing light sabre bat­tles, dance par­ties on street­cars, mas­sive games of Man­hunt played by dozens on lo­cal streets and so much more. It’s part of what makes this city so vi­brant and in­ter­est­ing. Peo­ple are free to or­ga­nize all man­ner of fun events, and there will surely be oth­ers who share the same pas­sion.

El Mo­cambo owner Michael Wek­erle

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.