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Moon Glow Cabaret, 331 East Georgia Street, February 1966
The Moon Glow was already closed for a few years when this photo was taken, but in the late 1950s and early 60s, it was an R&B club. Tommy Chong talks about playing there with The Shades, his band from those days:
The Moon Glow was owned by Daddy Clark, a railway porter who loved The Shades and wanted to see us back together. Railway porters played a big part in our development as blues musicians because they were the ones who brought records up from the States, turning us on to Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, who did tunes like “Sexy Ways,” “Annie Had a Baby,” and “The Twist.” They brought us the latest records from Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and a host of other blues artists who were otherwise unobtainable. We would learn these great tunes and then play them for a grateful audience, who would be hearing them for the first time, since they were never played on the radio.
Tommy Chong became well known in the local music scene and had a brush with fame when his band, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, signed with Motown. After that effort fizzled, Chong turned his brother’s topless bar at Main and Pender, the Shanghai Junk, into a comedy club where he paired up with Cheech Marin to form Cheech and Chong.
Source: City of Vancouver Archives #780-335
Tommy Chong was talking about buying the building that houses my pub a year or two ago… never happened, but there was never a doubt in my mind that he was serious.
Cooling my sun-dried tomato and 2 cheese polenta on the balcony like a boss… An environmentally conscious boss (or one that’s too cheap to put a fridge in the office break room).
What’s that, Los Angeles, you had a bit of rain today?
You people are ADORABLE.
Boating off Greer’s (Kits) Beach, 1898
Source: City of Vancouver Archives #M-3-19.3
Where I was walking dogfriend this time last week.
You can stand under my economy (onomy onomy me me me) umbrella…but not for long because it will probably break. #rain #vancouver (at Waterfront SeaBus Terminal)
Boulder Saloon, Cordova and Carrall, 1900s
Source: City of Vancouver Archives #SGN 36 (cropped)
Gastown’s always been the place to be.
I suppose the view from my dogsit this weekend is adequate. #vancouver #panoramastagram #viewy
Hard Rock Miners’ monthly Singalong, the opposite of karaoke! #vancouver #fun #singalong #livemusic @railwayclub (at The Railway Club)
Lonely chiaroscuro #shadowstagram #vancouver
Vanksy? #vancouver #streetart #artstagram