Toronto’s El Mocambo Is Winding Down Towards The End

It’s true. The ElMo will soon be no more. After years of struggle, the owners have decided to move on and with no new buyers anywhere in sight, there’s no choice but to shut the place down. They’d better save the sign, though.

The last gigs will be in November,

Last Elmo Show

But until then, it looks like there will be a series of wakes.  Here’s a press release I received this morning:

Last Elmo Show 1



​It​ is with a heavy rock’n’roll heart that bands and fans of Toronto’s legendary el Mocambo are coming together on October 16th to ROCK out one last time promising to blow the roof off before the owner, Sam Grosso, closes the doors forever in early November.“Music journalist and historian Nicholas Jennings laments the loss of what he calls “the top club in Toronto in terms of history. “There’s something about climbing those stairs and being in proximity of that stage — the walls seem to be just breathing with all the ghosts and stories of performances past,” said Jennings.”- By Sadiya Ansari (

When Larry Cariou of THE NEIL YOUNG’UNS (North America’s unrivalled and BEST Neil Young Tribute band) found out about the final end, without hesitation he and his bandmates jumped on board to be the Headliner act.

Other local long time mainstays in the scene also jumped on board.

Crackpuppy, a controversial, in your face outfit and Simple Damned Device, comprised of stage and studio vets will be the opening acts to lubricate the audience instigating dancing and a lot of drinking in order to send the beloved El Mo off to Rock’n’roll heaven in true Rock’n’roll form.

“This is NOT a funeral. It’s a wake. There will be no ‘tears in your beer’ please”-said LFB, the frontman for Simple Damned Device.

*Each band will play a 1hr set

*$15 at the door

See this event on Facebook.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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