I have been pondering since last Sunday on the idea of writing this article concerning the recent shooting that took place in the parking lot across REBEL Nightclub on October 1st.
The reasons for my pondering is that the victims in question worked in the nightlife industry and I also wanted to hear from Ink Entertainment, the Toronto police, and from the industry before writing this post on why such a senseless shooting is bad for business.
This incident can be hurtful for business because of the negative publicity that gets directed towards REBEL Nightclub. Even though the shooting did not take place on its property, people will still associate the venue with the incident, and to the casual patron who does not know any better, he/she might even think that the shooting took place in the club. I also saw friends of the victim express on their Facebook that they will never go to REBEL Nightclub nor Cabana Pool Bar because of this incident. It is not the venue’s fault that this happened on the night of October 1st.
The club made a statement via a post on Facebook that it will increase the police and security presence on the street and parking lot to avoid such violent acts to happen again. While the increased presence will discourage evildoers of ruining the party for the patrons that are out to have a good time, the presence of more police officers and bouncers could potentially drive people away from the venue and instead go party on King Street West.
As I am writing this, I heard the great news that the authorities apprehended the suspects. And I hope that they stay in jail for as long as they can legally be in there.
REBEL Nightclub is Toronto’s only superclub that boasts four unique party rooms that play everything from Top 40 music to Hip Hop, to House/ Techno, and to Latin/Tropical music. Millions of dollars were invested in it by the Ink Entertainment team to turn it into the city’s best nightclub, and we should not let such incidents ruin the party.
RIP Tyler Mclean and Zemarai Khan Mohammed