There was a touring troupe that visited to entertain the soldiers with the Royal Engineers. The group was out of San Francisco and one singer was a sixteen-year-old girl named Lulu Sweet. Ms. Sweet quickly became a favourite of the troops. One day while touring the local waters with Col. Richard Moody, she asked the name of an island. Moody replied that it didn't have a name but in tribute to her it was named Lulu Island. That was in either 1860 or 1861.
A club by the name of The Midnight Adieu Club held dances in the 1880s. Every couple of weeks the club would use Blair's Hall in Vancouver, a structure that was also used by the Catholic Church.
In April of 1887, Vancouver had its first band concert. The opening song was The Maple Leaf Forever.
December 5, 1889 the Imperial Theatre hosted a production of Richard III. This was the first time that Vancouver had a Shakespearean production.
In September, Sarah Bernhardt appeared at the VOH. It was something special to have the great Bernhardt appear in a town of 13,000 people. And we knew it.
The theatre may have been called the Vancouver Opera House and operas were performed there. However, variety shows were also common. It was the same with the Imperial Opera House.
Poet Pauline Johnson read her poems to a large crowd at the Methodist church in October of 1897.
Robert Jamieson leased the Vancouver Opera House from 1895 to 1902. Jamieson brought in operas, musicals and vaudeville. His son, Teddy, went on to become one of Vancouver's best-known musicians. It was Teddy Jamieson that led the orchestra when today's Orpheum in 1927.
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