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Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
El Mocambo Overdrive - Official Product Video
El Mocambo Overdrive - Official Product Video
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: TC Electronic
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Testify (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Testify (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lenny (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lenny (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
Stevie Ray Vaughan - So Excited (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - So Excited (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
Rolling Stones- El Mocambo 1977 - Full Bootleg
Rolling Stones- El Mocambo 1977 - Full Bootleg
Published: 2012/05/29
Channel: olwltd
Buying The El Mocambo
Buying The El Mocambo
Published: 2014/11/11
Channel: Michael Wekerle
The Rebirth of the El Mocambo. Historic Rolling Stones Venue Gets New Look- Sportainment TV
The Rebirth of the El Mocambo. Historic Rolling Stones Venue Gets New Look- Sportainment TV
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Sportainment TV
The Sinisters Live El Mocambo, Toronto, 1997
The Sinisters Live El Mocambo, Toronto, 1997
Published: 2007/01/23
Channel: TObeSCENE
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Mary Had a Little Lamb (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Mary Had a Little Lamb (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
EL MOCAMBO VS LA MEDIAS NEGRAS
EL MOCAMBO VS LA MEDIAS NEGRAS
Published: 2015/05/15
Channel: Julio Márquez
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Third Stone from the Sun (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Third Stone from the Sun (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Little Wing Live at El Mocambo
Stevie Ray Vaughan Little Wing Live at El Mocambo
Published: 2009/02/20
Channel: outlawblues1
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
Awesome 5-4-1 walkdown from Texas Flood at El Mocambo
Awesome 5-4-1 walkdown from Texas Flood at El Mocambo
Published: 2007/11/24
Channel: Texas Blues Alley
Interview with Double Trouble, October 1999 (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Interview with Double Trouble, October 1999 (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Wham! (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Wham! (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
fenderguru.com - Vibroverb and Super Reverb - The SRV EL Mocambo experience
fenderguru.com - Vibroverb and Super Reverb - The SRV EL Mocambo experience
Published: 2012/04/14
Channel: fenderguru.com youtube
El Mocambo, Toronto
El Mocambo, Toronto
Published: 2014/12/24
Channel: James Fiege
Absolute monster SRV riff from Texas Flood, El Mocambo
Absolute monster SRV riff from Texas Flood, El Mocambo
Published: 2007/12/02
Channel: Texas Blues Alley
The Rolling Stones - Hand of Fate 1977 (Live at El Mocambo)
The Rolling Stones - Hand of Fate 1977 (Live at El Mocambo)
Published: 2013/08/31
Channel: Anthony R.
El Mocambo vs Vemuram Jan Ray vs Pettyjohn Iron
El Mocambo vs Vemuram Jan Ray vs Pettyjohn Iron
Published: 2017/11/14
Channel: TC Electronic
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Love Struck Baby (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Love Struck Baby (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
Rolling Stones Route 66 El Mocambo (Excellent Stereo Sound)
Rolling Stones Route 66 El Mocambo (Excellent Stereo Sound)
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: eerko
Classic Concert Bootleg: Elvis Costello - Live at the el Mocambo (1978)
Classic Concert Bootleg: Elvis Costello - Live at the el Mocambo (1978)
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: J. David Sundstrom
Silverstein Decade Live At The El Mocambo Full DVD + Concert
Silverstein Decade Live At The El Mocambo Full DVD + Concert
Published: 2011/06/27
Channel: TSEBPromotions
Rolling Stones Dance Little Sister Live El Mocambo (Excellent Stereo Sound)
Rolling Stones Dance Little Sister Live El Mocambo (Excellent Stereo Sound)
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: eerko
Freddy Curci, Sheriff, Live at the El Mocambo, 1983, Part 1
Freddy Curci, Sheriff, Live at the El Mocambo, 1983, Part 1
Published: 2011/02/21
Channel: ambrozia web
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at the El Mocambo
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at the El Mocambo
Published: 2015/05/13
Channel: The Orchard Movies
Rolling Stones Hand Of Fate El Mocambo (Excellent Stereo Sound).mpg
Rolling Stones Hand Of Fate El Mocambo (Excellent Stereo Sound).mpg
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: eerko
El Mocambo Overdrive TC Electronic Review
El Mocambo Overdrive TC Electronic Review
Published: 2017/11/08
Channel: ElcoAudio
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Tell Me (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Tell Me (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at the El Mocambo (Trailer)
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at the El Mocambo (Trailer)
Published: 2015/06/08
Channel: The Orchard Movies
Crazy Texas Flood SRV Lick From El Mocambo
Crazy Texas Flood SRV Lick From El Mocambo
Published: 2008/07/03
Channel: Texas Blues Alley
Anvil - El Mocambo 1984 (Full Concert) - Toronto Canada
Anvil - El Mocambo 1984 (Full Concert) - Toronto Canada
Published: 2017/08/26
Channel: David LeMonstre
Rolling Stones - Mannish Boy (El Mocambo)
Rolling Stones - Mannish Boy (El Mocambo)
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
Texas Flood El Mocambo Intro
Texas Flood El Mocambo Intro
Published: 2008/01/23
Channel: Texas Blues Alley
El Mocambo, Aguadulce
El Mocambo, Aguadulce
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: pipirinaider
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood Live at El Mocambo
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood Live at El Mocambo
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: Jonathan Quach
The Guess Who - Follow Your Daughter Home (LIVE) - El Mocambo, Toronto, Ontario
The Guess Who - Follow Your Daughter Home (LIVE) - El Mocambo, Toronto, Ontario
Published: 2010/09/09
Channel: mikemoonbeam
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Hug You, Squeeze You (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Hug You, Squeeze You (from Live at the El Mocambo)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: stevierayvaughnVEVO
SRV - Texas Flood El Mocambo - 6:59 - 7:13
SRV - Texas Flood El Mocambo - 6:59 - 7:13
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Texas Blues Alley
Rolling Stones - Crazy Mama (Live at El Mocambo 1977)
Rolling Stones - Crazy Mama (Live at El Mocambo 1977)
Published: 2009/03/18
Channel: abiggerbangcologne
Testify - Stevie Ray Vaughan - El Mocambo version
Testify - Stevie Ray Vaughan - El Mocambo version
Published: 2008/11/17
Channel: Kiko Peres
Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes - Stranglehold - Live at El Mocambo Club
Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes - Stranglehold - Live at El Mocambo Club
Published: 2012/03/19
Channel: Antinna81
Video Aula Stevie Ray Vaughan LIve at The El Mocambo My Favourite Licks & Tricks
Video Aula Stevie Ray Vaughan LIve at The El Mocambo My Favourite Licks & Tricks
Published: 2016/02/26
Channel: Daniel Marques
Toronto Police Pipe Band, 2011 el Mocambo Club Concert Highlights
Toronto Police Pipe Band, 2011 el Mocambo Club Concert Highlights
Published: 2011/05/22
Channel: pipes|drums Magazine
The Rolling Stones - Crackin
The Rolling Stones - Crackin' Up ( Live at the el mocambo 1977 very rare )
Published: 2009/03/18
Channel: abiggerbangcologne
El Mocambo TVU 1
El Mocambo TVU 1
Published: 2009/07/22
Channel: mocambeiro1
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El Mocambo
The Elmo at night.JPG
Toronto's El Mocambo Club at night
Location 464 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5T 2G8
Coordinates 43°39′27″N 79°24′01″W / 43.657487°N 79.400177°W / 43.657487; -79.400177Coordinates: 43°39′27″N 79°24′01″W / 43.657487°N 79.400177°W / 43.657487; -79.400177
Owner Michael Wekerle
Type Nightclub
Capacity 458
Construction
Built 1910
Opened 1948
Renovated ca. 2001
Website
elmocambo.com

El Mocambo is a live music and entertainment venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located on Spadina Avenue, just south of College Street, the bar has played an important role in the development of popular music in Toronto since the 1940s.

It is best known for the 1977 surprise show by The Rolling Stones, which became nationally notorious for the presence of then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's wife, Margaret Trudeau (now Margaret Kemper), who was partying with the Stones.

History[edit]

Apocryphally, the original building at 462 Spadina had been a music venue since 1850 and was first used as a haven for escaped slaves. The current building was built in 1910 and housed a dry goods store, a barbershop, and restaurants in its first three decades.[1] With the passage of the Liquor Licence Act of 1946, which allowed the sale of liquor in taverns and restaurants in the province for the first time since World War I, restaurateurs Joseph Brown and John Lang decided to apply for one of Toronto's first liquor licences and convert their property at 464 Spadina into one of the city's first cocktail bars. The establishment's name and iconic neon palm sign was inspired by a San Francisco nightclub.[1] In the club's original incarnation, which officially opened in March 23, 1948, the main floor was converted into a dining hall with a dance floor on the second floor and featured Latin music.[1] Live music was not permitted until July 1948 when the Liquor Licensing Board of Ontario reversed an earlier ban.[1] In later configurations of the establishment musical acts appeared on separate stages located on the main and second floor of the building. By the 1960s, Adam Schuy owned the venue which, by then, featured music appealing to Toronto's Hungarian, Irish, and Portuguese communities.[1] A German dance club, Deutsches Tanz Lokal, frequently rented the second floor during this period.[1] By the time Schuy died in 1971, striptease was being featured on the main floor.[1]

The business and building were bought by Michael Baird and restaurateur and former Toronto Argonaut Tom Kristenbrun, who also owned the Jarvis House, in 1972.[1] Under the pair's ownership, the “El Mo” became a youth oriented blues and rock music venue and brought bands like Downchild Blues Band, which became the club's house band, as well as Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters and many others "up the street" and paid them a regular fee to perform. During the early 1970s, the upstairs featured "retreads" and "has-been" acts mostly with the occasional group on the rise. Most of the time drink sales determined which bands would return. The bands would start out downstairs and if the revenue they generated increased, they would sometimes graduate on upstairs.[citation needed] Up and coming performers such as Tom Waits and U2 and Elvis Costello performed at the El Mo in the 1970s.[1]

The iconic El Mocambo sign

Located within walking distance of the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and George Brown College (which was housed in Kensington Market at the time) the venue became a popular place for students living nearby. Throughout the 1970s the club was known as a bastion of the blues and rock and roll during a time better known for disco. It became infamous due to a 1977 surprise performance by the Rolling Stones after which Mick Jagger was rumoured to have had a backstage assignation with Margaret Trudeau, wife of then-Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau.[2] The venue was featured on the Stones' Love You Live concert album. In its heyday, the venue also hosted performances by Blondie, the Ramones, Devo and Joan Jett.[2]

Changes in the record industry's touring practices, a failure to update the venue, and a deal with Concert Productions International which prevented other promoters from booking the club, saw fewer international acts performing at the El Mo, which increasingly booked local acts instead. Baird and Kristenbrun sold the club in 1986, initiating a long period of frequent ownership changes and decline[1] including it being padlocked twice in 1989[1] and brief closures in 1991 and 2001.[3]

Later years[edit]

The club was a mainstay of the 1990s underground music scene.[2] Dan Burke became the club's booker in 1998 and made it into a venue for garage rock acts and international bands such as White Stripes and Zoobombs.[2] A monthly queer rock ’n’ roll party called Vazaleen, organized by Will Munro, became a regular feature and helped launch Peaches on what became an international career.[2]

Herbert Becker and John Paolucci owned and ran the club from 1986 until it closed in 1989. The two purchased the business, the name and logo from Michael Baird and Tom Kristenbrun.

In 2001, El Mocambo was bought by Abbas Jahangiri who renovated both floors and tried to turn the upstairs into a dance studio. The club was in this period venue to all genres of music from rock and roll and orchestra to heavy metal, reggae, hip hop and jazz.

Jahangiri has become a missionary, and used the club to host numerous charity events with fundraisers have been held for War Child, Amnesty International, Free the Children, World Vision, Blank-Fest and others. In 2012, he sold El Mocambo in order to focus on his missionary work. The new owners had difficulty booking for the venue and put it up for sale in the fall 2014. The club was expected to close after a last show on November 6, 2014,[4] However, on the eve of its impending closure it was announced that the club had been purchased for $3.8 million by Michael Wekerle, who intends to renovate it but maintain it as a live music venue.[3][5]

Major acts[edit]

Over the years other major music acts appeared at the venue, including Marilyn Monroe, internationally famous jazz performers, including Grover Washington, Jr., Charles Mingus, and Al Di Meola, and rock acts such as U2, Moxy, Elvis Costello, The Ramones, John Cougar Mellencamp, Duran Duran, Dream Theater, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, April Wine, Bo Diddley, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Blondie, Meat Loaf, Jimi Hendrix, Queens of the Stone Age, Teenage Head, Shakin' Natives, Etta Royal and Congress Court.[6]

On March 4, 1977, looking for an unprepossessing venue to record in, The Rolling Stones played the first of two performances at the club, billing themselves pseudonymously as "The Cockroaches". It was their first live club date in 14 years. Their opening act was Canadian rockers April Wine of Montreal. The Stones show was recorded and released as one side (Side 3) of the double album Love You Live, which reached #3 in the UK, #5 in the US. April Wine took advantage of the high-tech remote recording equipment brought by the Stones to record their own show for a live album as well.[7]

On May 9, 2008 the acclaimed American hard-rock band Queens of the Stone Age had a surprise concert at El Mocambo as part of their Canadian tour.[8]

Live recordings[edit]

Other live recordings made by other bands/performers at the venue include:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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