Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The El Mocambo


Located on Spadina Ave near the U of Toronto, the "El Mo" opened as a music venue in 1850 and has been an entertainment centre and bar since. With stages on the 1st & 2nd floors it has hosted many major acts such as U2, Elvis Costello, and Jimi Hendrix but its most famous claim to fame was the weekend of March 4,5 1977 when the Rolling Stones booked themselves in as "The Cockroaches" and played their 1st club date in 14 years. These surprise sessions were recorded and were released on the "Love You Live" album. I still remember where I was that weekend and unfortunately it wasn't there!
This sign was erected in 1948 and the El Mo is still going strong.
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18 comments:

VioletSky said...

I have never actually been inside The El Mo, yet it seems so much a part of my life. Interesting.

LĂșcia said...

It was so fun to read about this place, except for the part you were not there, of course.
By the way, hope you enjoyed your time too... ;-)

Paul in Powell River said...

They just don't make signs like that any more! Nice catch.

Postcardy said...

A great sign for a building with an interesting history.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Whoa! For a moment there I thought you were here in Florida! Interesting building history.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great sign and a wonderful story behind the sign.

Joy said...

A sign that promises a good time. Sounds a great venue.

Lesley said...

I wasn't there, either! This a very cool sign.

Gemma @ Greyscale said...

A sign that has aged beautifully through time!

Wren said...

Even without the story, I love this sign. It says "party" in capital letters!

Regina K said...

Fun sign, sure don't see many like that still around

Virginia said...

Who knew Toronto was so "tropical"! HA
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Kim, USA said...

Looks like this is a fun place. Thanks for sharing!

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Woody said...

Neat sign, I like tropical feel.

Clytie said...

They definitely don't make wonderful signs like that anymore ... I wonder if it is lit up at night!

Randy said...

Love that sign. Bet it's cool when it's let up.

EG Wow said...

Hmmm! More than a century and a half. That's a LONG time for our part of the world!

Genie said...

What a neat spot with so much cool history. Love the sign. It really does have a lot of personality. Sorry be so late commenting, but better late than never. Hope you are having a great weekend. Genie