Have you met Greg Godovitz? If you live around the Toronto area, you are very familiar with his music, passion and how much he stands behind musical education.
Greg Godovitz is the bassist and vocalist of the Canadian power trio, Goddo. They have top hits such as “Sweet Thing” and “So Walk On“. Prior to his success with Goddo, Godovitz was a founding member of Fludd and played in Sherman and Peabody with Buzz Shearman of Moxy and Gil Moore of Triumph.
One of the greatest things about Greg Godovitz is how much heart he puts into his own music but also spreading musical education throughout a community in whatever way possible. He strongly stands behind a non-profit called the DREAM Project and works to raise money and distribute musical instruments throughout the Dominican Republic.
The DREAM Project groundwork was laid in 1995 when a group of Dartmouth students came down for a semester to volunteer in the two Cabarete public schools. With the help of local and foreign supporters, DREAM began building classrooms, libraries, computer labs and modern bathrooms in the local schools. Tourists began to bring down books, school supplies, contributed computers and funds to operate their small programs. The word got out and increasing numbers of student volunteers began coming down for a year at a time. DREAM then moved on to building entire new schools and greatly expanding their reach. DREAM has since grown into a major success run by a paid local staff of more than 40 Dominicans, four expatriates and numerous volunteers from all over the globe. Every year, DREAM helps more than 6,000 children receive a better education through its 14 programs in 15 different communities, affecting the lives of over 7,000 community members. DREAM’s programs focus on early childhood education, high quality primary education, holistic youth development, and arts, culture and community enrichment.
Outside of supporting the DREAM Project, Greg Godovitz is also working hard to restore a historical music venue in Toronto, Ontario called El Mocambo.
El Mocambo is a live music and entertainment venue in Toronto, located on Spadina Avenue, just south of College Street. The bar has played an important role in the development of popular music in Toronto since the 1940s. Throughout the 1970s the club was known as a bastion of the blues and “rock and roll” during a time better known for disco. It became infamous due to a 1977 surprise performance by the Rolling Stones after which Mick Jagger was rumoured to have had a relationship with Margaret Trudeau, wife of then-Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau. The venue was featured on the Stones’ Love You Live concert album. In its heyday, the venue also hosted performances by Blondie, the Ramones, Devo and Joan Jett.
Changes in the record industry’s touring practices, a failure to update the venue, and a deal with Concert Productions International which prevented other promoters from booking the club, saw fewer international acts performing at the El Mo, which increasingly booked local acts instead. Baird and Kristenbrun sold the club in 1986, initiating a long period of frequent ownership changes and decline including it being padlocked twice in 1989 and brief closures in 1991 and 2001. The building is now being renovated by a great team within Toronto and Greg Godovitz is a huge part of that project.
If you would like to hear more about Greg Godovitz, his musical history, the DREAM project and the renovations to the historic music venue El Mocambo…