Remembering Vancouver’s Danceland

This amazing shot is the only one I have seen with Danceland prominent in the photo. Danceland, at the corner of Robson and Hornby streets, was a major venue in Vancouver and played host to Ike & Tina Turner, The Coasters, Bobby Darin, Roy Orbison and many other R&B and early rock and roll bands.  Notice the dance area on the second floor? Deejay Jack Cullen at one time had his studio on the third floor. I remember all this because CJOR, my first radio outlet, was down the block and around the corner in the long-departed Grosvenor Hotel.

CKMO (which became CFUN) was next door to Danceland, with the Sprott-Shaw School of Commerce and Radio. I recall one night, Jack Cullen wanted to know the temperature outside and crawled up to the roof with his long microphone cord and reported the temperature on the roof.  Those days radio was truly theatre of the mind. The venue was located in the Clements Building and it is also long gone. The whole area contains the courthouse complex today. Thanks to Richard Sandor for finding this incredible photo on the occasion of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary. This historic photo is a keeper for me. Truly, memories are made of this.