Smilin' Buddha Cabaret | The Visible City. “He would close the door sometimes and just let things thrash out and eventually the noise would stop and people would wander out onto the streets... " “Some nights you couldn’t get in. There were lineups. But I wouldn’t call them lineups—if you couldn’t get in, you’d just party out on the street. But inside the place, it had a fairly decent stage. It was just hell-bent. It was loud and raucous. I was there one time, I can’t remember the name of the band, but they were from England and they had those huge mowhawks.
Lashman, [the club owner], he would close the door sometimes and just let things thrash out and eventually the noise would stop and people would wander out onto the streets and go to other parties. The Buddha was central to the scene in the city, definitely. . — Murphy Farrell, drummer, the Schmorgs. I, Shithead: A Life in Punk (Large Print 16pt) - Joey Keithley. Vancouver Sun: Marco Polo Restaurant, “Canada’s Only Oriental Revue” | Chinese Canadian Stories.
By JOHN MACKIE, Vancouver Sun November 16, 2012 There used to be a thriving nightclub scene around Hastings and Main. On this week in 1964, party people had their pick of going to the Harlem Nocturne (343 East Hastings), the Smilin’ Buddha (109 East Hastings), Frank’s Cabaret (44 East Hastings), the Kublai Khan (442 Main), and the New Delhi Cabaret (544 Main). The entertainment ranged from Watusi Dancers (“the latest Hollywood dance craze”) at the Harlem Nocturne, to singer Leon Warrick at the Kublai Khan, and the “naughty but nice” Miss Lolita at the Buddha. Victor, Harry and Alex Louie took notice, and decided to turn their popular Marco Polo restaurant into “Canada’s only Oriental night club.” The official opening was set for Nov. 18, 1964, and they primed the pump with a series of ads leading up to the gala event. “Canada’s Only Oriental Revue,” blared one ad. Music was provided by the George Minami Trio, as well as Carse Sneddon and His Marco Polo Orchestra.
- Upcoming Events. Thursday, 5 November, 2015, 7pm at The SBC Restaurant, 109 East Hastings St. The Paper Hound will be selling books off-site at the Heart of the City Festival’s presentation of Michael Christie reading from his new book If I Fall, If I Die (Penguin Random House). Event takes place in the former Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret, home of the DTES Skateboard Society. The ramp will be open after the reading. Details here. Thursday, 12 November, 2015, 7:30pm at The World Art Centre, SFU Woodward’s The Paper Hound will be selling books off-site at the launch/screening for Laura Marks’ new book Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT Press). Details here. Thursday, 26 November, 2015, 7pm at The Post, 110-750 Hamilton St, Vancouver The Paper Hound recommends the third in a series of three talks in celebration of the Alcuin Society’s fiftieth anniversary: Dr Richard Hopkins, longtime board member, will speak about the history of the Alcuin Society.
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It’s not that we don’t have history, it’s that we’ve glossed over several chapters that might not have been the most prim and proper. When I was a teenager growing up in Surrey there was nothing more bad ass than coming downtown on the weekend and cruising Granville Street. The Granville Street that I remember was dark, dingy, grimey, and we felt like we were stickin’ it to the man when we’d sit on the sidewalk listening to a busker play rockin’ tunes at 1am, hours past curfew. Vancouver is home and was birthplace of some of the creators and perpetuators of punk rock, and the founders of the hardcore sound.
“Even when the “grunge” scene in Seattle went huge, Vancouver was more like “what’s new with that?” “Then everything went teal.” SBC Restaurant at 109 East Hastings, V6A 1N5. Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver - Becki Ross. SBC Restaurant Ltd · 109 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1N5. Show cause hearing [business license hearing] - Sports Cafe - 109 East Hastings Street. 109 East Hastings | Vancouver As It Was: A Photo-Historical Journey. The Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret was a fixture at 109 East Hastings from the 1950s to the 1980s. Today, the place has been given new life as the SBC Restaurant – a combined indoor skateboarding park/restaurant. Film # 198 Back door at 109 East Hastings Smilin' Buddha Sep 20, 1980. Vancouver Neon - Smiling Buddha Cabaret, 109 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Weeda Stamps: News. Victoria-born artist known for his 'modern' public sculpturesTimes Colonist - March 15, 2013 An acclaimed Victoria-born artist whose works are familiar to many died this week at Mount Edwards Court care home. He was 84.George Norris is best known for his sculpture of the metal "crab" fountain outside the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, but his work can be seen in several B.C. communities.Another of his sculptures is in the atrium of the Greater Victoria Public Library's main branch, a piece Norris called simply the Dynamic Mobile Steel Sculpture.Tracy Cromwell, director of development and marketing at the Space Centre, commonly known as the planetarium, said the crab sculpture is an attraction.
"If we had a quarter for every person that stopped to take a picture of that fountain, we would never have a funding difficulty again," Cromwell said.Like many of Norris's works, the crab is unnamed. Skull Skates presents Return to the Scene of the Crime with D.O.A. | Juice Magazine. Skull Skates presents “Return to the Scene of the Crime” The former home of the historic Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret, located at 109 East Hastings St. in Vancouver, was renovated and reopened as the SBC Restaurant in December 2013, complete with 65′ wide skateboard ramp and the capacity to host skateboard events, live shows, art shows, mixed media and various community events. SBC operators understand the importance of this heritage site and the historic value of the art that has been and now continues to be created there. If the walls at SBC could talk, they would speak of D.O.A, The Subhumans, D.D. and the Dishrags, The Modernettes, Pointed Sticks, The Secret V’s, The K-tels, Mary Jo Kopechne, Simon Snotface, Gary Genius, Igor the doorman and that would be merely scratching the surface of characters, bands and patrons of the Buddha in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
This was a time when Vancouver experienced a great art and music movement with 109 E. Hastings street as the epicenter. Plaques in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Bloodied But Unbowed - Punk Movie and New Wave Music Documentary. In the Summer of 1977 the first Vancouver punk shows were staged at the Japanese Hall on Alexander Street. They were organized by “You-Begged-For-It Productions,” who were Ross Drummond (RIP) and Kat Hammond. The Japanese Hall shows ended following vandalism at an Avengers/DOA concert in April 1978. Concerts in community halls rented by promoters or bands themselves were common. They were a quick and convenient option that allowed bands to play for all-ages audiences. The trick was finding an affordable hall, whose management didn’t care easily.
As far as nightclubs, the Quadra Club, a lesbian disco formerly called Lucy’s, was the next regular venue following the Japanese Hall. In the spring of 1979 The K-Tels (later Young Canadians) found an old run-down bar at 109 East Hastings. During 1980-‘81 Gary Taylor’s Rock Room opened its doors to new music. “Underground” shows in warehouses, rehearsal spaces and band houses were a constant feature of the scene. Alienated in Vancouver: The Smilin' Buddha returns. And DOA plays there on Saturday! I walked by the Smilin' Buddha the other day. It's re-opened, minus its famous neon sign (which is in a museum somewhere, like that's a better place for it), at 109 East Hastings.
It was a pretty interesting walk to get there: I braved the open air "street market of the disenfranchised" that is East Hastings, where people have pretty much any easy saleable you can imagine spread out on the sidewalk, from boxes of Betty Crocker cake mix to crack pipes (which, I should note, I didn't actually see but heard people talking about: "do you wanna buy a crack pipe? "). Jewellery, cellphones, clothing: I kept a vigilant eye for my Bison Quiet Earth shirt, stolen from me at Funky's while Auroch played a few years ago, but in the end I found only one thing I wanted, a Fort Apache The Bronx DVD for $1.50. It is possible that the walk soured my day, because I was kind of bummed about life for most of the night, which has not been my usual state in the last few weeks.
Sounds of a booming city: B-Lines. B-Lines vocalist Ryan Dyck is all smiles, and that’s sort of messed up. He’s a friendly fellow, but he’s likely to sport the same goofy grin on-stage singing about drinking Krazy Glue as when he’s tossing a mike stand or beer bottle at your ugly mug. It’s unnerving. Judging by B-Lines’ self-titled debut, his bandmates—guitarist Scotty Colin, bassist Adam Fothergill and drummer Bruce Dyck—are used to his antics by now. They’re too busy concentrating on pumping out the hookiest Vancouver hardcore since D.O.A.’s War on 45 to worry about getting bonked on the noggin by the occasional beer bottle. Best local release other than yours“We all really like the Defektors’ ”˜No to the Night’/”˜Torn to Pieces’ single. Most mind-blowing concertof the year“No Bunny at Pat’s Pub [on July 28]. We just found Bruce Allen’s platinum card.
With apologies to Katy Perry,who would you like to wake up in Vegas with? We’re going to a desert island. The city has given you a blank cheque. December14_2011_02. The Museum Display opens October 13th 2011 and runs until August 12th, 2012. More than 100 guests and members of the Museum Of Vancouver turned out to usher in a new Museum Exhibit called NEON VANCOUVER | UGLY VANCOUVER this evening gracefully acknowledging the dismantling of many infamous icons of downtown Vancouver's neon history. Guests filter through two exhibits after an opening speech by Kate Follington (also MC) Joan Sieidl (Museum of Vancouver curator), Jacques Duguay (Pattison Signs) Nancy Noble (Museum of Vancouver Board Director) and Audry Capel Dorag (Vancouver Artist).
There are two major displays in the museum that explore the 1940s to 1970s in restored signs made possible in part by Pattison Signs of Vancouver and neighboring Okanagan Valley Neon. Photos - Frames left and center: Annette Dress Salon during the 1960s shone its neon at 1423 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver Center frame: The Blue Eagle Cafe graced 130 East Hastings Street 1946 to 1950 Other important links. Keith mckellar. ‘Hard Core Logo’ — a crucial oversight explained | Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae.
The Royal Theatre screened a trilogy of Bruce McDonald films Thursday night — Road Kill, Highway 61 and Hard Core Logo – as part of the launch of filmcan.ca, a new website about Canadian film. I saw the latter, a 1996 mockumentary about the reunion tour of a legendary Vancouver punk rock band. Early on in the film, the character Bucky Haight is introduced, a seminal figure in punk rock left a double amputee by some shotgun-wielding psycho, leading to the reuniting of Hard Core Logo for a benefit concert and subsequent Prairie tour. There is some concert footage of Haight labeled “Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret 1982.” I’m glad the film acknowledged the Smilin’ Buddha, which was the CBGB of Vancouver in its day (it was closed by the time the film was shot).
However, I’ve always wondered why McDonald didn’t use the club’s neon sign in the film. There is currently a Smiling Buddha bar near Dovercourt and College, but they had never even heard of the Vancouver club. Update Tags: cult cinema, Toronto.