Michael Wekerle won’t take off his sunglasses. Not that we asked him to. Or that we care. It’s just that we’re here at his home, in his bathroom, and he’s still wearing his aviators. Fair enough. The Wek pretty well does as he pleases—in business, life and, it turns out, home decorating.
You know him best from CBC’s Dragon’s Den, the popular show where Canada’s richest people bid to finance the entrepreneurial dreams of Canada’s least self-aware. Wekerle is the show’s shining star, a lovable eccentric with a knack for finding value where you might not otherwise see any. Rumour has it that off the show, on his own dime, he purchased Toronto’s El Mocambo, a crumbling music venue most famous for once hosting The Rolling Stones. Whether he owns it or not, he’s played the venue a few times himself. What else do you do with two rooms full of guitars?.