One of Toronto’s most iconic live music venues, The El Mocambo, closed in 2014. After several years of renovations, the venue is moving closer to re-opening for business. The ‘El Mo’s’ legendary neon palm tree sign was once again mounted outside the establishment this week.
Michael Wekerle, who purchased the venue in 2015, oversaw a re-creation of the original sign. The sign, complete with its new lights, is scheduled to be turned on this Thursday.
Wekerle, a tech entrepreneur and television personality, isn’t divulging many details about the interior just yet. The venue’s original sign, though, will be on display inside where it has been split to bookend the stage.
“It is going to be spectacular,” Wekerle told CBC. “The building was in disrepair for many years. We more or less took it all down.”
The El Mocambo has played host to superstar acts like the Rolling Stones, Elivs Costello, and Queens of the Stone Age.