Northwest Dance & Music Venues

The Cave Supper Club
626 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Some of the bands that this place during those great years of NW music were:
The Action
Bryan Adams
Louis Armstrong
Bachman Turner Overdrive
Josephine Baker
Tony Bennett
Chuck Berry
Biggy and Twiggy
Elvin Bishop
Blood Sweat and Tears
Mike Bloomfield
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
James Brown
Lenny Bruce
Tim Buckley
Eric Burdon
Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs
Butch Whacks & Moose
Sam Butera
Champ Buttler
Frankie Carle Band
Johnny Cash
Chambers Bros.
Ray Charles
China Girl Revue
Natalie Cole
Dick Contino
Scatman Crothers
Billy Daniels
Delta Rhythm Boys
Bo Diddley (R.I.P.)
Fats Domino
The Dorsey Brothers
Katherine Dunham & Co.
Duke Ellington
Nelson Eddy
The Everly Brothers
The Fifth Dimension
Ella Fitzgerald
The Four Aces
Four Coins
Four Knights
Friends of Distinction
The Gaylords
Mitzi Gaynor
Bobby Gentry
Stan Getz
Frank Gorshin
Robert Goulet
The Headpins
Johnny Hodges
Guy Mitchell
Gypsy Rose Lee
Harlem Revue
Rolf Harris
Hoosier Hot Shots
Kim Sisters
Lena Horne
Ice o Rama Revue
Brenda Lee
The Ink Spots
Little Richard
Liza Minnelli
Louis Jordan Band
Just Cookin'
Micky Katz
David LaFlame
The Lancers
Peggy Lee
Trini Lopez
Marquis Family
Martin & Rowan
Jack McVea Band
Merry Macs
Jane Mansfield
Bette Midler
Country Joe McDonald
Meddy's People
Chuck Miller
The Mills Brothers
Minsky Follies
Guy Mitchel;
Morris as Elvis
Ella Mae Morse
Anne Murray
No Fun
Anthony Newly
Wayne Newton
Roy Orbison
Patti Page
Freda Payne
Oscar Peterson
The Pied Pipers
The Police
Louis Prima
R&B Allstars
Paul Revere and The Raiders
Della Reese
Jim Reeves
Buddy Rich
The Righteous Brothers
Johnny Rivers
Jimmi Rodgers
Dianah Ross
Dorothy Shay
The Shockers
Smiling Jack Smith
Sonny & Cher
Ray Stevens
The Supremes
Thelma Houston
Teen Angel
The Temptations
Three Dog Night
Tracy and Vader
Sophie Tucker
Merrilee & The Turnabouts
Ike & Tina Turner
Tower of Power
The Undisputed Truth
The Ventures
The Village People
Jimmy Wakely
Wiler Brothers
Mirie Wilson Show
Pay Yankee


Righteous Brothers at the Cave - November 1965 (Courtesy of John Humphrey)

The Centaurs at the Cave - Photo Courtesy of John Gedak
The Centaurs at The Cave

Butch Whacks & Moose - Image Courtesy of Larry Strawther

The Action in Vancouver with new drummer Ken Elliot at the Cave in 1968. 
Photo Courtesy of Bruce Howie

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 '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

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Last Update:   17 May 2015

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