On Friday, November 7 until Monday, November 10, Celebrities Nightclub will celebrate its 30th Anniversary as one of the crown jewels in our city – remembering three decades of history, community, celebrity and more as a heartfelt thank you to the city of Vancouver for contributing decades of iconic culture into this legendary venue.
There’s something about these walls and what lies within them: a century’s old space that has acted as the epicentre of entertainment and culture in Vancouver. If walls could talk, the moments that have come and gone would tell a tale of something truly magical.
Back in 1911, it was the first time Vancouverites could legally have a cocktail when it was named Lester Dance Academy. Move forward to the psychedelic ’60s and ’70s, it was the destination for rock legends such as The Doors, Janis Joplin, The Velvet Underground and Jimi Hendrix – any music aficionado would know that this historical venue was referred to by these legends once as either Elegant Parlour, Dante’s Inferno, Crazy Horse Tavern or Retinal Circus.
This is the same space that has since transformed into Celebrities Nightclub; an after dark destination re-born 30 years ago in 1984 as an LGBT club in Vancouver’s historic Davie Village.
If Celebrities could be simplified into a single phrase to us, it would be transcendent. From its transition into a mixed club without prejudice in the late ’90s in response to the growing demand for house music, to the transformation of making itself a symbol of progressive entertainment in Vancouver, Celebrities has been the mainstay of Blueprint as its flagship club.
In 2013, it was christened with a multi-million dollar makeover, with a transformation best described as “a high-tech chameleon.” Undoubtedly, Celebrities has remained a destination for DJs & patrons alike. Throughout the years, Celebrities has hosted an unprecedented number of artists who debuted at early stages in their careers: Skrillex, deadmau5, David Guetta, Avicii, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Diplo and hundreds of others who went on to international acclaim – and those considered nothing short of living legends to us which include Richie Hawtin, James Murphy, Boy George, Danny Tenaglia and many, many others.
Starting Friday, they’ll be looking back to their roots with UK house music sensation Hot Since 82 for Stereotype Fridays, the city’s longest running dance music weekly. The following day, their newest residency, Playhouse Saturdays will feature residents DJ Timeline, Marino and Mattilda Ho. Sunday evening will be a celebration of Celebrities’ identity as a cultural pillar of Vancouver’s gay community for three decades with “House of Celebrities” – a Vogue party featuring a fierce dance battle showcase for charity & a special set from NYC’s Mike Q. Monday wraps up with French phenomena and self proclaimed “G-House” provocateurs, Amine Edge & DANCE closing out the weekend.
This will be a weekend’s long celebration and reminder, in true Celebrities fashion, to continue proving itself as a symbol of progressive entertainment in Vancouver. After going 30 years strong – no matter your gender, race or sexual orientation – you’re all invited to dance and create more life long memories.
For full information on the Celebrities 30th Anniversary, visit www.thisisblueprint.com.
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