Northwest Dance & Music Venues

The Afterthought / Pender Auditorium
337 West Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Some of the bands that performed at this place during those great years of NW music were:

Edward Bear
Black Snake Blues
The Centaurs
Country Joe and His Allstars

The Grateful Dead
Handley Page
Iggy & The Stooges
Net City Rock Opera
Northwest Company
The Perth County Conspiracy
Rocket Norton Band
Stallion Thumrock
Sweeny Todd
United Empire Loyalists


The Pender Auditorium was downtown on Pender Street.  The Pender was originally an old labour hall with a great wall mural about the IWW.  Eventually it became a long-term gay club.

Gregory Melle, November 2006

I frequented the Pender Auditorium back in the 70's. Some of the bands I saw there were Alexis (Radlin) and her incredibly talented band, The Perth County Conspiracy, Rocket Norton Band, Hush, Northwest Company, Country Joe & His Allstars, and many others that my mind has forgotten......

The Pender Auditorium burned down in about 2007.

Gunnar Roger Stomperud, May 2008

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Last Update:  13 January 2019
Credits: Gregory Melle, Doug Dodd, Wendy Malesku, Gunnar Roger Stomperud (R.I.P.), Basil Watson, Brock Piper,  Brian Oberlin, Jim Pruden, Charles Gorling