Reminisce with Commodore Ballroom’s Historic Archives

The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver has been an institution in the city for over 80 years.

photo: Commodore Ballroom
photo: Commodore Ballroom

Begun as a ballroom for dining and dancing featuring house bands like the legendary Dal Richards Orchestra.  As trends changed and waned the fortunes of the Commodore Cabaret dropped.  New owners and the addition of a liquor license in the 1970’s changed the appeal of the newly renamed Commodore Ballroom.  But again tastes changed and the late 90’s found the room fall dark for three years, until new ownership under the House Of Blues banner revived the venue once again. Now renowned as one of the country’s best and most influential live music halls, the Commodore has booked some of the best and brightest acts in the world.  Historic early performances from acts like U2, Tina Turner, Nirvana, Coldplay, and Michael Buble have graced the stage and had their audiences dancing on the famed sprung dancefloor.
The Commodore Ballroom has now put their history online so you can relive and reminisce on some of the great shows over the last 5 decades of live music.

Visit to see what shows you can remember from your own visits to the historic venue!

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