Danceland - 1963, Robson Street, a limited edition giclee print on canvas by Brian Croft. Brian will be speaking at the Reach Gallery and Museum in Abbotsford on Sept 5 at 7pm. He will also be at the West Fine Art Show Sept 6, 7, and 8. About his latest painting, he writes:
For young people, in the late 50’s and 60‘s, Vancouver’s Danceland was the place to go for live music and a superlative dance floor. Located on the second floor of the Clements building situated on the south east corner of Robson and Hornby, Danceland was just two blocks west of Granville Street’s theatre row.
The Clements building was built in 1922. Within a year, a dance academy called the Alexandra Ballroom occupied the entire second floor. “The Alex” as it was more popularly called had its entry on the north end of the building at 804 Hornby Street. It was a stylish room featuring draped windows, a stage, a small lounge and kitchen. The secret to the wooden, sprung dance floor was bags of horsehair that were laid under the floor. In later years, overhead fanning boards were added. All this made for a very classy venue and more than a few famous personalities performed on stage at the Alex…
I created my painting Danceland - 1963 from a City of Vancouver Archives photograph credited to, photographer, Walter Edwin Frost. To get the background that I needed to do the painting, I asked my friend Red Robinson for help. He connected me with long time producer Les Vogt who was a great help in finding band members who had played at Danceland. Ed Senft, a Danceland bouncer in the 60’s was particularly helpful with vivid memories of his days at Danceland. I scoured the Vancouver Sun entertainment pages to find a special event at Danceland for my painting and found a small ad on Saturday, Sept 7, 1963; it was The Ike and Tina Turner Review, playing for one night only at Danceland from 9-12 and that’s what I put up on Danceland’s backlit marquee. The Ike and Tina Review was a hot act indeed and Danceland packed them in; but this was to be one of the last big shows. [read more]