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