Black & White Affair
Donald Byrd and the Blackbirds
Blue Mountain Eagle
Cheech & Chong (Comedy Performance)
Cold, Bold and Together
Crack of Dawn
Dick and Dee Dee
Gino Young and the Young Hawaians
The Genuine Jug Band
The Good Shepherds
Kentish Steele & The Shantelles
McLean & McLean
The Neon Lighted People
Night Train Revue
The Pied Pipers
Randy Hansen's Machine Gun
Stark Naked and The Car Thieves
Ike &Tina Turner
Tower of Power
Night Train Revue at Oil Can Harry's
Danny Baceda - 1970 - Owner, Oil Can Harry's
(Courtesy of Larry Warcup)
OIL CAN HARRYS was later known as Outlaws, the THE METRO, but unfortunatley it burnt to the ground in the early ninties, and is now a parking lot. Many bands played that stage in impromtu jams, such as Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Blue Murder, and many more.
Nick Cardarelli, December 2005
Oil Can Harry's never burnt to the ground - the building was demolished to make way for a highrise.
Ron Simmonds, July 2006
Twitch, a local rock group known for it's bizarre stage show, theatrics and theme inspired fast rock,played Oil Cans several times.
In one part of the show.the drummer, Mike Brown, was shot from a platform with a fake revolver and dove (fell) over the drum kit on a riser and landed writhing around in "pain" on the stage next to the rest of the band spewing fake blood. When the "bullets" hit him, a pressurized blood bag hidden in his mouth exploded for effect.
Although that and the rest of the show was very successful even after seeing it several times including Grey cup weekend, the owners at the time were never able to erase or paint the "blood stains" off the wall until it was demolished..
Picture is on myspace and then found in the Twitch archives
Ian Steeksma, December 2006
This brings back so many great memories.
I played in Black & White Affair at Oil Can Harry's in 1973 & 1974. This was one of my favorite places to play. They had three rooms with therr bands.
We played the main room and it was always jumping.
Bob Speer, December 2008
Back in the early 70's I was lead vocalist for the 8-piece horn band Granville. We opened for acts like El Chicano & The Witches Brew. Playing Oil Can's was a blast. It was the A room of the 70's in my opinion. All the Big Vancouver Acts played there at one time.
We also did our own shows in Dirty Sals, What a great club. Fond memories for me. I know Granville was proud to be a part of Oil Can Harry's History.
Terry Raible, January 2009
The band that did the grand opening downstairs was a jug band called "The Supper Time Jug" it still exists and is in Langley under the name The Genuine Jug Band.
Doug Fraser, November 2010
Oil Can Harry's did not become Outlaws. Outlaws was a separate venue on Georgia near an old church that remains to this day.
Mark Mushet, July 2011
I played pretty regularly at "Oil Cans" from 1971 to 1973 as the bass player with the horn band "Mantra" which was many of the same members as "Soul Unlimited" after Carl Graves left the band.
We played the Back Room which was a pretty big venue and Danny Baceda was often in the front row. Oil Can Harrys was a blast to play.
Bob Douglas, January 2014
I was the Sound Mixer for Ike and Tina Turner. I did one show at Oil Can Harry's in Sep 1973.
Keith Woods, February 2014
Crack of Dawn played Oil Can Harry's in 1975. We were recording Artists wth Columbia Records and were touring Western Canada, It was a great venue and thoroughly enjoyed the intimate club-like atmosphere www.crackofdawn.ca
Alvin Jones, August 2014
As a door man at both the Cave and Oil Can Harry’s I saw a lot of great groups. Two that were missing from the Oil Can Harry’s list are “Teen Angle” and “Brave Belt” who later became BTO
Steve Chambers, October 2014