Smilin' Buddha Cabaret

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This legendary venue started life in 1952 as an 'exotic' supper club before it was transformed into a punk rock mecca in the 1970s.  Some of the acts rumored to have played there include Jimi Hendrix, Tommy Chong and Tina Turner. A 1983 fire put an end to its popularity and it languished for many years. The 2020 pandemic ended a recent attempt to turn it into an indoor skate park. Today it's only function is to serve as a back rest for the hundreds of street people who have taken over the neighbourhood. (I found the original photo on a Facebook page with no credit and no date.)


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1965
2022
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