Town Pump

Town Pump | Legend | A long shuttered live music venue in Gastown and evidence that Vancouver’s disappearing performance venues are not a new phenomenon. Before Sugar Refinery, Starfish Room, and Dicks on Dicks closed, places like The Niagara, Smiling Buddha Cabaret, and Town Pump were losing out to generic Top 40 bars. Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Fishbone all played at the Town Pump, as did Pearl Jam (their first Vancouver show). It closed in ’97 and became Sonar, which became Fabric, which became Zen, which then became nothing at all. At the time of writing, 68 Water Street remains empty.

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