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Rhythm and Blues: A Tradition of The Yale Hotel

Known as the Home of Vancouver’s Rhythm and Blues, and named one of the top Blues Bars in North America,  Vancouver’s Yale Hotel provides live music every night. Carrying on a twenty year tradition,  there are weekend Blues Jams on Saturday, hosted by Rob Montgomery & Incognito and Sunday, hosted by Tony Robertson’s Vaqueros from 3 – 7 pm. There is also a Thursday night Jam several times a month hosted by Steve Kozak’s West Coast All-Stars. (There’s no cover charge for the Blues Jams).DSC00177

This month there will also be a Blues for Christmas Benefit with Jerry Doucette Sun & Mon, Dec 27 & 28 8 pm ($20 Adv. $25 door.  And a New Year’s Party with Billy Dixon’s Soul Train Express, Thurs Dec 31, 7.30 pm  $45 ad. $50 door.  You can check out the program for other entertainers appearing at the Yale by clicking here.

The Yale is another of Vancouver’s heritage buildings.  It began in the mid 1880’s as a CPR bunkhouse where workers from  Yaletown relaxed after clearing land for the new community of Vancouver.  After the new city was destroyed by fire in June 1886, the Yale, separated by bush from the main area of town, was one of the few survivors and became a popular gathering place for the locals.  The building was refurbished, renamed The Colonial Hotel, and served miners, loggers, fishermen and CPR workers. Yaletown was considered a wild west part of town in those days and The Colonial Hotel had the reputation for being the wildest .  It was renamed The Yale in 1911 because of it’s location in Yaletown.

After more than two decades of presenting Rhythmn and Blues music, the Yale is still the focal point for R&B in Western Canada.  You can hear some of the best and most well known Blues icons play here as well as new talent.  And at the weekend Jams, you’ll get a taste of some of the fine local talent.  The Yale has it’s own recording studio down in the basement where stable boys once groomed the carriage horses.  Live performances are recorded to promote local Blues bands as well as to raise funds for charity.  So come on down and groove to some of the best music you’ll hear anywhere on the West Coast!


1300 Granville St.

TEL: 604-681-9253

PHOTOS by Ruth Kozak


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