THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE
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.
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.
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