Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

ROCK AND ROLL WONDERS OF WINNIPEG

Help trim the list from 21 to 7

  • Print

It's no surprise that John Einarson's list of local wonders are decidedly musical in nature. "I've actually taken people from out of town on a musical history tour of Winnipeg music landmarks," says Einarson, the author of books covering the careers of Randy Bachman, Neil Young and the Byrds, among others.

In no particular order, here is Einarson's run-down of notable spots 'round town, rock and roll-wise.

* 152 Bannerman Ave.

Burton Cummings' childhood home. In 1968, Cummings and Bachman began their songwriting partnership in the living room, composing hits like These Eyes and No Time.

* 1123 Grosvenor Ave.

Neil Young's residence from 1961-1965. Young's band, the Squires, regularly rehearsed in the living room.

* Earl Grey Community Club, Cockburn and Fleet in Fort Rouge.

Site of Young's first-ever gig in January 1961, with the Jades.

* River Heights Community Club, 1370 Grosvenor at Oak

"The kingpin," says Einarson. "The pinnacle of community club gigs in the 1960s."

* Winnipeg International Airport (now Richardson International Airport)

Where at 2:05 PM, Tuesday, Aug.18, 1964, the Beatles touched down for a fill-up and were met by thousands of screaming fans.

* Memorial Park, corner of Broadway and Osborne

Winnipeg's late-60s equivalent of Haight-Ashbury. On Tuesday, June 30, 1970, rock goddess Janis Joplin took a dip in the Memorial Avenue fountain pool.

* Blue Note Café, south Main Street

Ultra-hip after-hours club and scene of many a late-night jam session. Crash Test Dummies, aka St. James Rhythm Pigs, served as the Blue Note's de facto house band during the late 80s.

* The Paddlewheel Restaurant, 6th floor, The Bay

"The place to hang out and be seen, especially on Saturdays when all the bands were there," says Einarson.

* CKRC radio station, Carlton Street

In addition to being the home of Wash and Ash, CKRC also served as a local recording venue. It was here in 1964 where Young was told, "You're a good guitar player, kid, but you'll never make it as a singer."

* Birds Hill Park, 30 km. north-east of Winnipeg

33-year-old home of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

* Edmund Partridge Junior High School (now West Kildonan Collegiate)

Christmas, 1957: Billed as the Embers, Randy Bachman, together with Garry Peterson, played his inaugural gig.

* The Red Top Drive-In Restaurant, St. Mary's Road,

Teen hot-spot during the 1960s and home to nightly, live broadcasts featuring CKRC personalities.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 8, 2007 $sourceSection$sourcePage

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Police: Three or four infants' bodies found in storage locker

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Canada goose makes takes flight on Wilkes Ave Friday afternoon- See Bryksa’s 30 Day goose a day challenge- Day 09- May 11, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A black swallowtail butterfly land on Lantana flowers Sunday morning at the Assiniboine Park English Gardens- standup photo – August 14, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you still on the Bombers' and Jets' bandwagons?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google