Railway 85 Year Anniversary Weekend
The second floor of the building at the corner of Seymour and Dunsmuir has a long history as watering hole for Vancouver’s drinking class and one of Canada’s most storied live music venues. From its post-Prohibition inception in 1933 as a members-only club for railroad workers to its rebirth as Railway Stage & Beer Café, we’re proud to celebrate 85 years of Railway history.
After falling into a state of disrepair after decades as The Railwaymens’ Club, the room was transformed under new ownership as the Railway Club in 1981. Local bands and legendary artists alike performed at the iconic venue—The Tragically Hip played an intimate surprise show, future stars k.d. lang and Los Lobos made their career debuts, and Radiohead walked off the stage in front of a notoriously rowdy crowd. The Railway Club closed quietly in 2016, reopening with a facelift and a new focus on interesting draught beer one year ago as Railway Stage & Beer Café.
Earlier this month, we rung in the Railway’s 85th birthday with a three-day celebration of live music. On Friday night, Vancouver fixtures Friction Project and Jazzberry Ram played to a sold-out crowd. Loyal regulars caught a special anniversary edition of the long-running Saturday Afternoon Jam, and Juno award winners Said The Whale took the stage in another sold out room Saturday night. To cap off the weekend, we shut our doors for a private friends and family blowout with Hey Ocean! on Sunday. Check out the recap below.