What a lovely break I had over the holidays – a whole week off from the 9-5pm. It was simply fantastic!In that time I ate, drank, danced and booked a show!
Thursday Jan 13th at the El Mocambo in Toronto – It seems to be a very enigmatic place.
I always like doing shows/events in unusual places – now El Mo (as it is lovingly called in Toronto) is not an unusual place per say – it is a licensed bar that hosts live music. BUT – it’s been around FOREVER! It was the first bar to get a liquor license in Toronto!
The history of the building goes back to 1850! This is crazy for a city that is infamous for having very few historic buildings. Oh – and you know a little band called The Rolling Stones played and recorded Love You Live at the El Mocambo back in 1977. No biggie. 🙂
But what I find most intriguing is the current owner.
Now – I’m getting all of this information from the El Mocambo website, Wikipedia and newspaper articles – so take it as you will. Abbas Jahangiri, the owner of the El Mo is a serial entrepreneur who has taken a vow of poverty. His previous professional history includes leading an engineering team, CEO of a real estate development company as well as being a principal for a national dance company (when you are on the El Mo site – click on History and Owner). In 2003 he took a vow of poverty and has dedicated his life to helping the most vulnerable in society. Including daily 2am-6am service and distribution of food and survival needs for hundreds of Toronto’s homeless. Very intriguing no?
I’m most intrigued by his conviction in his change of lifestyle.
Rock n’Roll isn’t a selfless industry – it is fueled by narcissism and vanity……..
…..so it’s super interesting to come across people who try to find balance with the rock n’roll attitude and the gravest societal needs around them. These are two extremes and Mr. Jahangiri seems to live at both ends.
I wonder if he will be at the show? It would be awesome to grab a conversation with him – what couldn’t you talk about?!
Music is about great stories – I have a feeling that the El Mo has more than a few good tales to tell.