Listen to the first ever Jazz record, released 97 years ago today, on March 7th 1917.
Recorded on February 26th in New York City, the Original Dixieland Jass Band ran through two of its hits, Livery Stable Blues and Dixie Jass Band One Step for the Victor Talking Machine Company which would release the recordings on a 78 under catalogue numbers 18255-A and 18255-B.
This record (as seen in the embedded video above) would go on to sell more than 250 000 copies at .75cents each, launch hundreds of Jass band imitators — whose members were both white, black, or a mix of the two — and introduce a new kind music that had been developed in New Orleans to the world. Now we call it Jazz.
Vancouver’s last adult cinema is now a live music venue. The Fox Cinema will open to the public this weekend after a much needed renovation.
We’re sending down a small team this Friday to represent the Revelry Society so that we might toast in the company of this odd bit of history and get a look at another artifact from British Columbia party lore — the Fox’s disco ball.
It’s not just any disco ball, it’s a disco ball that was saved from the rubble of another infamous Vancouver nightclub, Richard’s on Richards, which was destroyed in 2009 to make a way for condos downtown.
Research couldn’t uncover just how many years it shone light on the dance floor of “Dick’s on Dicks,” as the club was aptly nicknamed. One thing’s for certain though, it fell from the ceiling on a night in 2001, and onto the head of a Nanaimo man who sustained some minor injuries before being released from St. Paul’s Hospital the next day.
Ironic that this ball should find its way into the arms of The Fox and Arrival Agency, who took possession of The Fox after being vacated from another Vancouver late night legend, the Waldorf Hotel, mainly because the popularity of the venue contributed to a desire to develop the area into, you guessed it, condos.
It seems the ball, the Fox, and Arrival will bear witness to some great parties once again and we’ll be in attendance to kick the ball.
The Society for the Preservation of Historic Revelry will resume its unique series of dining events, known as the Arthur Erickson Dinner Series, on March 14th, 2014 at 6:30pm.
This Official Expedition, the Society’s 5th, began in the fall of 2013 with a mandate to dine, toast, and party at Arthur Erickson Projects throughout British Columbia.
Dinner#2 will be hosted at Simon Fraser University, a project that has seen its fair share of controversy, love, and hate due to its remote and austere location rumored to be a contributing factor in a high campus suicide rate.
Our members specifically chose this early Spring date to explore the project in potentially challenging weather so that we could put this rumour, and our commitment to connecting past to present through revelry to the test.
Learn about the Arthur Erickson Dinner Series
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It’s our favourite party of the year! And nothing get’s the members of our Society more ramped up and ready to toast like a review of Oscar fashions past. Even better that it’s Vogue Magazine’s André Leon Talley who filed report on the Best Oscar Dresses of All Time.
One of our member’s in Edmonton, Alberta reports that a museum of neon signs has been assembled on the exterior side of the TELUS building at 104 Street and 104 Avenue.
This stretch of neon has been in the works for 5 years and now represents Edmonton’s Neon Museum which is free for anyone to take in as they walk by.
Like most Canadian cities in the mid 20th century, neon was a dominant part of the urban night, beckoning patrons into bars, pool rooms, grocers, and restaurants of all types across Canada.
The CBC has dedicated an interactive map that you can use to peruse the streets of Edmonton to look at neon past and present.
The Hottest Valentine’s Day Party in The World
We canvassed our members the world over and asked them where the most romantic, fun, sexy, and of course, historic place to take a date to this Valentine’s Day would be. The answer was a close race between dinner at the Vanderbilt Estate in New York, Dinner and dancing at Hotel Vancouver’s newly refurbished panorama rooftop ballroom, now called The Roof, or a night of dancing and music in the Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles.
Since the Vanderbilt party was last weekend, and The Roof seems to have scaled back their Valentines Day opening, our decision was unanimous.
The Ace Hotel’s re-opening of the historic Untied Artists Theatre in Los Angeles with a two day engagement that will have Spiritualized play their seminal 2010 album Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space has been deemed the hottest Valentine’s Day party in the world by the Revelry Society. Congratulations if you’re attending, as both nights sold out ages ago.
The United Artists Theatre likely hasn’t seen an event of this magnitude take place since its original opening on December 26th, 1927 when the film My Best Girl premiered, starring Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers. The film was silent, an ironic contrast to the sounds that will be emanating from this theatre tonight.
See more photos current and past of the Ace Hotel’s newest acquisition: The United Artists Theatre
We reported earlier this week that Hotel Vancouver’s iconic Panoramic Roof would be re-opening sometime in February. We’ve just received word that date will be February 14th, Valentines Day. How fitting. Past will connect with present 15 floors above Vancouver on the 14th!
So far the only images we could find of Dal Richard’s playing the Roof before it closed in the mid-nineties is this CBC archival footage from an unknown date. Ironic, because it’s silent.
The Granville Bridge opened on February 4th, 1954. 5000 people turned out to celebrate. This is what driving across it for the 1st time in 1954 was like.