Produced by MDF Productions
The beach. For generations, people have flocked there to rest, rejuvenate and tan. Beach life is slower, hotter and more carefree than the rest of the year – but it doesn’t last long. While summertime lasts, the atmosphere is exhilarating, and action-packed. The sexual energy is palpable: only a thin layer of nylon in bikinis and bathing suits keep the shores from becoming a sexual free-for-all.
Near the Canada-US border on the shores of Lake Huron lies a classic beach town – a hot-spot destination for over 100 years, Grand Bend is also a legendary party place – one of the last of its kind. Tens of thousands of vacationers travel there every weekend to get what they need: an escape from the city and their jobs, an escapade with friends, perhaps a romantic encounter.
Behind the postcard images of beach life, one unforgettable place has helped create the area’s famous reputation. Part dance club, hotel, bar, and restaurant, Coco’s is a family run business that has been packing in crowds for a generation, after the sun sets. Its success depends largely on Mickey Rapaport a.k.a. Mickey Coco, the eccentric Polish-Jewish showman/trickster who created it. Beach-goers come to Coco’s for its festive atmosphere, its eclectic decor, and hot nightlife. But a diehard group of young people seek it out for other reasons. It’s a “nightclub/summer camp/school” – a sought-after place of employment for any young person looking to work hard and play hard.
“Basically what I do, I babysit them all season,” says Mick. “There parents know I’ll be looking after their sorry asses all summer – and I have to pay them, too.” Coco’s crew of 18 to 24 year olds will undergo a unique beach town boot camp, involving sleep deprivation, caffeine and cigarettes, liquor, love stories, misbehaving, hard work and lifelong friendships. By the time, the Labor Day weekend ends and it’s time to shutdown, the goodbye will be bittersweet.
A TV series about life at ‘The Bend’. GRAND BENDERS follows the exploits of the Rapaport family — Mickey, Nancy and Justin — owners of Cocos, a one-of-a-kind hotel, nightclub, restaurant and bar located along the strip in Grand Bend, Ontario. Join the Cocos family plus their assortment of staff, friends, club kids, beach goers and frenemies, for a summer to remember! A MDF Productions.