Venue notes: Smilin' Buddha Cabaret, Vancouver BC

Legendary punk club, now defunct. Was located at 109 E Hastings. Capacity was just over 100. Its famous neon sign was bought by the band 54-40, who made their debut there in 1980; they used the sign to promote their live 1994 album of the same name. The club dates at least to the 60s; Hendrix used to jam there. (Thanks to Paul Ennis.)

Alan Campbell, writing in Jan 2007, adds:
      Info on the Smilin' Buddha Cabaret — now defunct as of 1989:

Hüsker Dü played there I would say 1980 or 1981 — with a Vancouver band called Insex — featuring Paul and Phil Addington. They had come out to Vancouver and hung out with DOA.

This place was the CBGBs of Vancouver, a punk hang out from the late 1970s. DOA, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Subhumans, Vice Squad, MIA, Stretchmarks — so many played in this tiny club on Vancouver's Skid Row. [It] was last a smoke shop.

Others who played at this club which opened in the 1950s were Jimi Hendrix — allegedly fired by club owner Lachman for being too noisy — he was likely still in his r&b mode then; loads of hippy bands — Cheech and Chong basically formed at the club and did the early shows there.

The club was actually started by a Vancouver radio compere, a Chinese-Canadian called Harvey Lowe, [who] was actually the world yo yo champion in London in 1932. I kid you not.

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