Beloved Toronto Venue El Mocambo Closing its Doors

Co-owner cites lack of foot traffic for club's likely end

It seems apparent that the El Mocambo is finally, and sadly, closing its doors for good. The legendary Toronto music venue has hosted The Rolling Stones, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, The Police, Blondie, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Queens of the Stone Age, U2, and essentially every Toronto indie band you can think of.

In a phone call with Now Magazine, El Mocambo co-owner Sam Grosso strongly suggested that the venue will be closing within the next couple months, after 160 years.

Right now, it’s unclear whether the El Mocambo will be sold to a new owner or shut down for good – but Grosso plans for the venue’s November 6 fundraising event to be its last show.

When Grosso posted about the event on Facebook, his cryptic message “it’s all coming to an end” raised suspicions about the venue’s fate.

If it’s the end of the El Mocambo, though, Grosso still plans to save its legendary signage for use elsewhere in the city.

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