Who would have thought that and article about Cheech & Chong would lead to research on the history of a Chinatown club?
I first heard about the Shanghai Junk in this Andrew Fleming article for the Vancouver Courier from January 30, 2014:
Chinatown: Topless joint sparked stoner comedy genre
Then, this happened:
— Emmet Matheson (@emmetmatheson) May 7, 2016
I had to find out more.
Our first gig when we arrived was at an Italian gangsters club on the southeast corner of Hastings Street and Main Street. Our drummer Sonny got us the gig, and we were roomed in the rat-hole Astoria Hotel across the street. It is much the same seedy flophouse today, right in that very same spot.
The Elegant Parlor’s landlord had sold the building it had been in, so in early 1969 I moved the Parlour to the back of The Shanghai Junk at 205 East Pender Street and Main in Chinatown. The Shanghai Junk, which was run at the time by my brother Stan, was a topless joint and could be a rough place.
(I found the entire article well worth my time.)
So, what’s at 205 East Pender, former location of the Shanghai Junk?
A TD branch. So it is true.
442 Main Street? But the other article said 205 East Pender Street?
Are “floorshow revue”, imported act” and “entertainers” all euphemisms for topless dancers?