Wek­erle res­cues the El Mo­cambo

Thornhill Post - - Currents -

With live mu­sic venues clos­ing and the ven­er­a­ble Massey Hall shut­tered for a ren­o­va­tion, T.O. needed some good news. That came last month when lo­cal fi­nan­cial heavy­weight Michael Wek­erle flicked the switch on the neon palm tree El Mo­cambo sign. The renowned club has a long and sto­ried his­tory dat­ing back to 1948. The El Mo has played host to bands from the Rolling Stones and Blondie to U2 and Jimi Hen­drix. But the venue had been closed for years and was al­most lost. Wek­erle stepped in and saved the El Mo pur­chas­ing the di­lap­i­dated prop­erty for $3.8 mil­lion and has re­port­edly sunk an­other $20 mil­lion more into a mas­sive ren­o­va­tion. The sign is just the be­gin­ning. The El Mo is sched­uled to re­turn to full rock mode this spring.

SIGN OF THE TIMES Michael Wek­erle takes a seat on the iconic El Mo sign in Chi­na­town

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