Hi It’s Robin LaRose;
The legendary iconic live music venue, The Railway Club has finally closed it’s doors after 85 years. The club, located at 579 Dunsmuir street in downtown Vancouver had been for sale since the beginning of the year but there were no buyers. Owner Steve Silman announced the end on FaceBook on Tuesday March 29.
(Railway club history from the still existing website)
The Railway Club is one of Vancouver’s longest continually operating stand-alone music venues, occupying the same premises uninterrupted since 1931 and hosting music events since 1981. Back in the 1930’s, the Railway Club used to limit its membership to the railway workers who worked at the CPR Station (now the Seabus Terminal) just down Seymour Street at the waterfront but it has since opened up to the general public.
Over the years the ‘Rail’ has distinguished itself with some of the most innovative music in town with tons of local bands and some big touring acts too. This is where k.d. lang got her ‘big break’ – Spirit of the West got their start here as well. Other bands that have played at the Railway include Los Lobos, The Rheostatics, The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Hard Rock Miners, Barenaked Ladies, Grapes of Wrath, Great Big Sea and thousands more.
(photo courtesy of stevie wilson)