El Mo down again
Eight months after he caused a fuss by purchasing the El Mocambo to house his dance studio and a new live venue, Abbas Jahangiri has put the storied concert venue on the market again. The building at 462 Spadina has been listed for $1.4 million. Jahangiri says renovating the building has emptied his wallet, and if he doesn't come up with $500,000 by the end of the week he's going to sign two new leases for a restaurant and a computer store to fill the first-floor space where the new El Mo would have been. So consider this an all-call to the sentimental fools, er, investors, out there with money to burn.
all Britney, no indie
Independent artists and producers are being shut out of HMV. The largest music retailer in the country will no longer stock independently produced CDs on consignment. The company tells Upfront it can't afford it any more, what with music-industry profits falling off. So unless HMV can find a distributor willing to shoulder the independent business, it will be wall-to-wall top 40.
Despite the fact that one of their own was convicted for negligence causing death for the killing of Dudley George, and OPP officers have been clamouring for a public inquiry to set the record straight, the Tory-tied Ontario Provincial Police Association has wimped out. The police union has called for an inquiry, but only after the civil suits against the government and an officer are finished. Mike Harris thanks you.
we love to see you squirm
Should Joe Mihevc have declared a conflict of interest around McDonald's controversial plan for a drive-through on St. Clair? Maybe. But the timing of the Globe and Mail's story about the councillor who opposes the franchise expansion and lives right around the corner sure is strange. Although Mihevc has been vocal on this issue for months, it wasn't until the eve of a court hearing on the matter that his potential conflict came into focus. Talk about a burger bloodsport.
irony of the week
Upfront spotted this "ex-copper" on a downtown street earlier this week. (Yup, that's a ticket on the windshield.) We'd like to be in the courtroom when they argue this one.