The Roof at the Hotel Vancouver makes it's debut
The Roof was a Vancouver icon for years and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is hoping to make it the hottest destination in town again. The grand opening will be in second week of February. Just in time for Valentines Day!
It was here when it was called the 'Panorama Roof Ballroom', that Dal Richards, the legendary Canadian big band leader, known as the King of Swing, began his career that spans decades. On May 1, 1940 young Dal Richards, his 11-piece band and a then-unknown 13-year-old Juliette were booked to replace Mart Kenney and His Western Gentlemen, Canada's leading dance band at the time. No-one could have known that Dal's initial six-week contract would stretch into 25 years of regular performances and broadcasts at "The Roof". A weekly CBC Radio show was broadcast nationally from the Panorama Roof Ballroom of the Hotel Vancouver for many years.
Want more? Read this blog post from Inside Vancouver on the history of the Hotel Vancouver