Archive for The El Mocambo

Segarini – Renovation or Desecration: Why This Music Venue Needs a New Name

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , on March 6, 2022 by segarini

Sometime in 1976 ….

So I’m sitting in Montreal with an itch to play music and no band, licking my wounds from the Dudes debacle, and wondering what to do next, when I have an epiphany. Why not, I ask myself, put together some crackerjack musicians, write some songs that are more intimate and subtle, and experiment with some musical elements I had not yet tackled. I had always included my R&B and country roots in my music, but I had never pushed the envelope in the areas of ballads and jazz. Something more personal. Something I would be totally responsible for. Something I would put my name on…Bob Segarini and the Silver Bulletini Band. No. That sounds too familiar. Let’s just go with the last name. It was good enough for my dad and the supermarkets…and it’s good enough for me.

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Segarini – A Funny Man Takes His Leave

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2018 by segarini

Last year, on March 13th, a group of men and women, most of us long in the tooth but younger at heart than most could imagine, gathered in the back of a bar called The Pilot to pay tribute and say goodbye to the very funny, eclectic, and absurdist comedian, Steve Shuster.

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Cameron Carpenter: Rock’n’Roll Rewind – Cam Goes To College

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2015 by segarini

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As hard as it might be to believe I did attend college, and, studied Journalism. Sure, I only went for one year before I was hired by Quality Records, but, I was the first in my family to get any sort of post-secondary education. Luckily my children took University a little more seriously and the family now has a Dalhousie and a McGill graduate in their ranks.

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Darrell Vickers: Guess Who’s Not in the Hall of Fame

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2014 by segarini

darrell-vickersAnytime anyone has put pen to parchment or thumb to I-phone to craft a well-intentioned list of things meritorious, people have lined up for days to ladle the cold and lumpy vomit of their disgust down the back of that individual’s shirt collar.   Today is no exception.  Pull out your shirt collar, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, because I’ve got my whisky-barrel-sized ladle and it’s full to brimmin’ with the icy cold sick of my discontent.

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Nadia Elkharadly: Indie Week 2012 – That’s a wrap

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2012 by segarini

It’s been a lazy Monday for me today as I recover from yet another multi-day music festival in Toronto.  This Sunday night (or Monday morning if you want to get technical) marked the end of Indie Week 2012.  It’s only the second Indie Week that I’ve attended and taken part in, but it’s rapidly becoming my favourite music festival in our fair city.

If you haven’t heard of Indie Week, you probably haven’t been walking around downtown Toronto with your eyes open; the intrepid indie week volunteer team has been diligently postering the city for weeks leading up to the launch party.

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock – L is for Live

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by segarini

The great news of Sam Grosso (Cadillac Lounge) buying the El Mocambo last week got me to thinking of all the great old venues I was lucky enough to spend time at in my youth.

We are very fortunate in Toronto to have so many great venues for acts to play at. On Queen West alone you have The Rivoli, The Legendary Horseshoe, The Cameron House, The Hideout, The Bovine and Cherry Colas to name but a few. The Tattoo Rock Parlour had a ton of potential but they just didn’t seem to be able to fully commit to “the rock”.

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