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Re: Flamingo closes
- Subject: Re: Flamingo closes
- From: Andrew Rodenhiser
- Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1993 10:31:16
}Date sent: Wed, 10 Nov 1993 09:46:14 -0400
}From: "James R. Covey" <JRCOVEY\!/ac.dal.ca>
}Subject: Flamingo closes
}The Flamingo Cafe & Lounge has closed.
}Well, I think we all (in Halifax) saw it coming.
I saw reports weeks ago that they were having hard times.
}to come to an end sometime. It's not just hard
}economic times; the Flamingo was not booking the
}bands people want to see.
Bingo. It amazed we that with all the great local talent
and the hype about the "Halifax Scene" that it was all really taking place
in one bar: the Deuce. The Flamingo essentially stopped booking
"alternative" acts, other than the open mike night, which was not to my
knowledge well attended. The bands they booked were certainly great acts,
but the variety (blues, soul, cajun, a cappella, reggae, just about
anything!) alienated the clientele. There would be few people with such
varied tastes that they'd go more than once a month. The food from Soho
Kitchen as well was too upscale and expensive for what started out as a
}For those of you not familiar with the Halifax
}music scene -- the Flamingo was the first real
}alternative music bar in Halifax and was the
}cornerstone of the college music scene for
The original Club Flamingo on Gottingen Street was an all-ages no alcohol
dive set in an abandoned theatre. Decor was strictly black. I wasn't
into the "alternative" music at the time ('86) but I saw several great
metal gigs there. It was much more successful than any underage club
which has followed it (well, OK, I suppose I can't comment on the Cafe
Ole, since I've yet to check the place out). So successful that they
decided they needed a liquor license. Many great shows were staged at the
new Flamingo Cafe and Lounge, but I wonder if the original club could have
survived as is. The old building soon became home to Rumours, a gay club.
Enough history lessons. Trivia questions:
1) What was the name of the old movie theatre on Gottingen?
2) Where did the name "Club Flamingo" come from?
The first one is probably only for native Haligonians, but the second
should be answerable by anyone with a sense of humour.
}I, for one, am sorry to see it go.
I was sorry about 2 years ago, when it faded away from my tastes. I think
the last time I was there was Feb 14th, for the supposedly all-ages East
Coast Music Awards Showcase, when my underage brother was forced to leave
before the end of a 6-band show he had paid full admission for, because of
Nova Scotia's stupid new liquor laws. Cool show, by the way. Thrush
Hermit, Eric's Trip, Idee du Nord, Potbelly, Bung and Hardship Post. I
believe it was HP that we had to miss: they had just started playing when
we got the boot, because we had finished eating our pizza and underage
patrons are only allowed admission for "Family Dining Purposes". Sux!