Barney Armstrong Revue
Bachman Turner Overdrive
Biggy and Twiggy
Blood Sweat and Tears
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs
Butch Whacks & Moose
Frankie Carle Band
China Girl Revue
Delta Rhythm Boys
Bo Diddley (R.I.P.)
The Dorsey Brothers
Katherine Dunham & Co.
The Everly Brothers
The Fifth Dimension
The Four Aces
Four CoinsJust Cookin'
Friends of Distinction
Gypsy Rose Lee
Hoosier Hot Shots
Ice o Rama Revue
The Ink Spots
Louis Jordan Band
Micky KatzMorris as Elvis
Martin & Rowan
Jack McVea Band
Country Joe McDonald
The Mills Brothers
Ella Mae Morse
The Pied Pipers
Paul Revere and The Raiders
The Righteous Brothers
Smiling Jack Smith
Sonny & Cher
Three Dog Night
Tracy and Vader
Merrilee & The Turnabouts
Ike & Tina Turner
Tower of Power
The Undisputed Truth
The Village People
Mirie Wilson Show
Righteous Brothers at the Cave - November 1965 (Courtesy of John Humphrey)
The Centaurs at The Cave
Butch Whacks & Moose - Image Courtesy of Larry Strawther www.butchwhacks.com
My Mother, Shirley Reid (1928 - 2003), used to go to The Cave in the 1940's. She saw Lena Horne & The Ink Spots there in June of 1947. The same night she got Walt Disney's autograph. Mr. Disney signed the outside of THE CAVE photo folder. Mom's dinner table group & the signaturess of Lena & the Ink Spots are on the reverse with the CAVE imprint.
Gord Reid, May 2006
The Action in Vancouver with new drummer Ken Elliot at the Cave in 1968.
Photo Courtesy of Bruce Howie
The 'Cave' supper club in Vancouver! This was a major spot in downtown Vancouver and just thousands of acts went through there over the years. The inside of this place as it was actually built to look like the inside of a giant cave !!........great atmosphere and a real theatre nightclub
Chris Wolfe, November 2004
My uncle and aunt, Dave and Lillian Davies, owned the Cave Club in the 1950’s. I remember them complaining about how difficult and egotistical many of the big name stars were, in particular Dianna Ross.
Richard Main, Elk Grove, CA, Mar 2007
Dave Davies was an ex-fighter that was a hang around person from the USA. Isy and Richard Walters had the Cave from 1952 to 1959. We sold the club to a man and he had it for six months. He had a final payment to make to us of $10,000 and he could not pay. He made a deal with Ken Stoffard. He paid us and he had the Cave for the next 15 or so years.
Isy and Richard built Isy's Supper Club in December 1959 and had that club until Isy died in the 1970's.
Richard (Ricthie) Walters, August 2007
Please read my story about Jimmy McGarry, who performed his Jolson act at the Cave in 1953-54. Click here.
Ralph Lortie, June 2007
Remembering Louis Armstrong performing in Vancouver's "The Cave" ... it was either 1963 or 1964. I have several slide photos of Mr. Armstrong in performance at The Cave somewhere in a locker, buried deep in my cave. Great times -- I was an assistant film editor on the TV action series "The Littlest Hobo" at the time.
David M. Robertson, Montreal , January 2010
I worked at The Cave for the last four years up to the day it was taken down. I worked there as a bouncer. I had alot of great memories and still have the book that Stan had made before it came down. It was a great time and place and the memories still go on.
The walls were made to be looked like the inside of a cave. A few weeks before they closed, Stan had an action selling whatever he could. I did get a piece of the wall which was a paper from the nineteen forties. I wish I had kept it. Thanks for the memories.
John Peterse, August 2012
I took my mom to The Cave see Three Dog Night sometime in the 70's. It was awesome.
Diana Wesemann, August 2012
Fats Domino played the Cave May 29-June 3, 1972. Brenda Lee played there several times in 1960s: April 5-10, 1965; March 2-12, 1966; and May 23-30, 1967
Paul MacPhail, February 2013
The Shockers opened for the Everly Brothers at The Cave in or around 1966.
Mike Wilson, The Shockers, March 2013
Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs – we played there six times. Two sets a night, six nights a week, each gig three weeks long. That’s like 108 nights – gotta be up there for most performances, except for house bands.
When the Cave closed, some paper had an article of the top 25 shows to ever play the Cave and somehow we made the list. A great place to play – good sound, great audiences, a great city.
Larry Strawther, July 2014
When I was just 12 my Mom took me on a trip from Winnipeg to Vancouver for my first visit. The year was 1974 and "
"The Streak", by Ray Stevens, was being played on heavy radio rotation and we had his album.
Well once in Vancouver we were delighted to discover Ray Stevens was going to be appearing at the legendary Cave.. so we caught his show and my Mom even got me backstage to meet him and get his autograph.
This is one of my fondest memories from my youth and as much as the night was special it was years before I discovered just how special to have attended a show at the legendary Cave.
Paul B. Smith, May 2015
Barney Armstrong’s Revue played The Cave in Vancouver B.C. It was the first gig for the newly formed band, opening for The Checkmates.
Doug Raymur, March 2016
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Last Update: 13 January 2019
Credits: Bruce Howie, Chris Wolfe, Brian Medway, Mel Patrick, Greg Thacher, John Gedak, Rick Hill, Gord Reid, Michael Hawley, John Gordon, Gary Johnson, Richard Main, Richard Walters, Andrea Mikulan, Bill Wilson, Susan Hardy, Ralph Lortie, Joel Johnson, Wendy Malesku, Richard Walters, Alastair Glass, Dallas Hinton, Susan Fulton, David Robertson, Lorne Swenerton, Susan Greig, Mark Stevens, Brian McDonald, Simon Garber, Ted Hobrough, Bernhard Wolf, Kylie Jones, John Peterse, Diana Wesemann, David Palmquist, Paul MacPhail, Gord Haid,Ddavid Matychuk, Sharon Smith, Alan Shepard, Larry Strawther, Susan Dempsey, David Lees, John Humphrey, Larry Warcup, Tracey McConnell, Paul B. Smith, Jim Blair, Doug "Doc Reverb" Raymur