CADILLAC LOUNGE: Steering a sonic legacy through Parkdale
Sam Grosso has been on the ride of a lifetime.
A very vintage ride, that has provided a luxury to merge his passion for music, people, connection and nostalgia. But as the wheels turn, and he’s been on a roll, it hasn’t been easy.
I’m talking about Cadillac Lounge – Sam’s establishment and an iconic institution for live music, great food, cold beer and friends in Toronto’s vibrant Parkdale neighbourhood. On Sunday, July 14, The Caddy takes its final spin down Queen Street West – and it hasn’t been the first time.
I met Sam Grosso many years ago after my father, Franco, took a portrait of his father, Franco – a well-loved street vendor affectionately known as The Popcorn Man, for non-profit, PhotoSensitive’s Destination Toronto - a study that responded to Toronto's outbreak of SARS, to capture the city’s light during a dark time.
Sam’s work ethic and innate ability to connect with others is rooted in his upbringing, yet, he’s crafted hospitality in the city that’s unparalleled and driven entirely by his story. We get into The Fold (with a special appearance by friend and artist that has performed at the venue, Erica Warry!) to discuss Cadillac Lounge’s legacy in Toronto and the community that will live on after the engine is turned off.
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Ride into the sunset with Cadillac Lounge this Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14
Learn more about the Toronto staple’s farewell celebrations here.