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originally posted by: iCanadianMason
a reply to: dug88
Awesome choices! Saw Tragically Hip many years ago at one of the colleges here. Never had the pleasure of seeing 54-40 or Rush, unfortunately.
I did get to see Thornley...was amazing!
Will have to check out THE SMILING BUDDHA next time I'm in Toronto...
The Smilin' Buddha Cabaret was a Vancouver "Supper Club", originally called the "Smilin' Buddha Dine and Dance". It opened in 1953 by Albert Kwan. Its iconic neon sign, now found at the Museum of Vancouver, was a city landmark, and one of the most ornate pieces of neon signwork ever made in Vancouver. "The Buddha" or "Smileys" (just a few of many nicknames for the place) had a licence which allowed it to operate an hour later than other bars. Although many great musicians played its small stage from the 1950s to the 1990s, it was more simply known as a place for touring and local musicians to congregate. The venue closed for good in 1993, serving its last 16–17 years as Vancouver's epicentre of punk rock.