“It was great back then. There was always something to do,” Greg Godovitz, front man for popular eighties band Goddo, tells CityNews. “There were thousands of clubs to play or see live music.”
“Our band worked seven nights a week. You could play a different place a night in this city and still draw a full house on a Monday, Tuesday or whatever day it was.”
In the last few years, the city has seen many venues Godovitz played in come and go.
“The clubs closing in Toronto is a crying shame. When I started out back in 1964, there was a club every 100 feet. There was a wonderful live venue and now, they are closing one after another.”
So what does Godovitz think is killing the live music scene?
“The live music scene was so vibrant in our city then I’m not sure what happened. I’m not sure if people forgot about guitar bands, I’m just not sure. What we need is a great band that will spark the enthusiasm again. People used to be able go out and have a good time and now they just aren’t going out anymore.”
The 67-year-old is part of the group behind the rebirth of the El Mocambo club on Spadina.
“I hope it’s a fresh start for the music community,” said Godovitz, who is the curator of the history for the El Mocambo. “Eddie Kramer, the famed producer of the late Jimi Hendrix is building a studio inside and Andy Curran who worked with Rush for 20 years is a part of the team that Michael Wekerle put together.”
There is no set time table for the Elmo to reopen but they are hoping music will be flowing out of the venue within the year.