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Vancouver After Dark Book Launch Party


Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 7:00pm


Author Aaron Chapman launches his new book Vancouver After Dark at Central Studios (formerly the Hollywood North, formerly the Playpen Central, formerly the Thunderbird Club) at 856 Seymour Street in Vancouver (just across from The Orpheum).

Are the great days of Vancouver’s nightlife behind us? Or does it endure in new side streets and new spaces and new forms that have resisted the changes in other parts of the city?

In his latest book, bestselling author, musician, and historian Aaron Chapman looks back at the most famous music entertainment venues in Vancouver, a city that’s transforming so fast it lost some of its most popular and unique nightspots along the way. These are the venues, clubs, and cabarets locals are still talking about years after they closed, burned down, or were bulldozed in the face of new trends, rising rents, and gentrification.
This raucous book tours Vancouver’s legendary hot spots, from the Cave to Isy’s, Oil Can Harry’s to the Marco Polo, the Luv-A-Fair, the Town Pump, the Smilin’ Buddha, and Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, from the city’s earliest saloons to the Chinatown cabarets, punk palaces, East End dives, goth hideaways, discotheques, and taverns.
Filled with never-before-published full-colour photographs and stun-ning vintage posters that feature legendary entertainers from Lena Horne to the Ramones, Vancouver after Dark is a no-holds-barred history that amply demonstrates that the nickname “No Fun” City was once an undeserved one—at least once the sun went down.
VancouverAfter Dark pays tribute to the gone-but-not-forgotten nightspots that got the party started, kept the party going, and transformed the city (for better or worse!)

More info on speakers, entertainment, music! and special guests joining us that evening to come.

The book which is published by Arsenal Pulp Press will be available for purchase, sold by our friends Book Warehouse Main Street.

Doors 7:00pm!
Starts 8:00pm!
Free admission! 19+ (with suggested cash donation $2/$5/$10/to the Friends of the Vancouver City Archives who raises funds to make more images and material available on-line in the huge collction of the City of Vancouver Archives.

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