Saturday, 5 April 2014

In 1964 the beat scene in Vancouver was the subject of a documentary by Leonard Forest. The clip shown here features the Al Neil Trio playing at the Cellar Jazz Club which was located at 222 East Broadway and Watson Street. Michael de Courcy produced an interactive piece on the fabled joint and can be seen here.

The "Christmas Day Fire of 2009" destroyed adjacent buildings including a fine restaurant, shops and numerous artist studios on the second floor. The highly contentious Rize development will be constructed on this site. Our attention is drawn southward along Watson where only a few original houses remain among the fleets of blue dumpsters and fast food loading bays.

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