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The El Mocambo might remain a music venue after all

Posted by Derek Flack / November 6, 2014

2014116-el-mo.jpgThe El Mocambo might be saved from redevelopment and continue as a live music venue, according to a report in the National Post. A new buyer has entered the picture at the very last minute, one who is apparently interested in continuing the legacy of the iconic venue.

Update: CBC has confirmed that Dragons' Den newbie Michael Wekerle is the buyer of the El Mo. CBC has described him as "a rock star in the world of Canadian finance" and appears to self identify as "Mick Jagger meets Warren Buffett." Wekerle has a long history of donating "millions" to charities and arts organizations, so sustaining the venue might be in his plans. Light of Day plans to officially reveal the new owner's name at their benefit concert at the El Mo tonight.

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So what exactly happened with the Prince show?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / November 5, 2014

Prince show torontoIt won't be long before the Prince concert (or Prince troll, as some on Twitter have taken to calling it) surpasses Grilled Cheese Fest for most incredible Toronto disappointments. There's a joke here about standing in line for goey, hot cheese, but this is serious - what happened in Toronto yesterday?

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Is Toronto planning to save the El Mocambo sign?

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 4, 2014

El MocamboThe future of the iconic El Mocambo sign is once again looking uncertain. The palm tree-shaped neon sign was briefly listed on eBay last week where it attracted more than $15,000 in bids before being hastily taken down without explanation.

"No-one bought it," said co-owner Sam Grosso in a text message last week, without divulging any additional information. "I want to keep it in Toronto," he said.

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Is Prince playing a secret show in Toronto tonight?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / November 4, 2014

prince secret show torontoIt looks like your purple dreams may come true: rumours are flying this morning about a secret Prince show at Massey Hall going on tonight. Or... not.

Update 2:50pm: Live Nation has just tweeted that a Prince show is not happening at Massey Hall.

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35 Halloween costumes from Toronto's wildest party

Posted by Aubrey Jax / November 3, 2014

Hotnuts Halloween Toronto 2014Halloween's best party in Toronto this year was shy on horror, with costume queenpin Hotnuts' Garrison bash focusing instead on the far out theme of "Nature slut veg qween." It's less random with some background on the night's headlining performer Bunny Michael, self-professed "nature slut." The new-age, internet-inspired New York rapper's menacing punk screams and creepy baby croons are flawlessly suited to Halloween (or an average day for regular freaks), and she's a brilliant live performer.

Naturally (heh) imaginative costumes were out in full force. It was easy to forget the cruel environment outside (you can't convince me that was real snow) thanks to Pegzilla, Produzentin Proddy, Mary Messhausen, and Buzz Huneedew, who've been hosting Hotnuts parties for almost 10 years, bringing to Toronto some of the best queer artists from all over the world including Nomi Ruiz, Christeene, and Hard Ton.

Check out our gallery for 35 of Toronto's best Halloween costumes from 2014

Heavyweight DJs massacre dance floor at 99 Sudbury

Posted by Brendan Arnott / November 3, 2014

Terror Vision HalloweenThe scariest thing that Halloween can do is remind you that the days are getting colder and shorter. This October 31st was no exception, with icy drizzle quickly turning to snowflakes shortly after midnight; a threshold representing the last fleeting minutes of autumn and scaring some away from venturing out at all.

Fortunately, Mansion's Terror Vision party offered an immersive night of dance music that allowed us to forget about the coming onslaught of winter, packing 99 Sudbury with a combination of local talent complimented by Jus-Ed and DJ EZ, two veteran dance music producers from different corners of the globe.

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