The Luv-a-Fair & A White DogSaturday, February 01, 2014
In 1978 I was a 37 year old married man with two daughters living in Burnaby. From that situation a place like the openly gay bar/night club The Luv-a-Fair was very far from my awareness.
Since in that year I was working for a gay publication called Bi-line I was suddenly dropped into places and circumstances that were shocking for a Latin raised man. After a while I didn’t look twice at women who were dressed as men and men who were dressed as women and appeared so but weren’t. In the many years that I frequented Vancouver gay bars for photographic assignments (there were many gay bars) the only incident that truly shocked me was watching male dancers at the Luv-a-Fair dancing to a disco version of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from his Messiah. I will never forget!
I happened on these photographs which I took in 1977 at the Luv-a-Fair filed under that name while looking for photographs of Peter Lusztig.
Perhaps the high moment for me at the Luv-a-Fair was a solo piano concert (late 80s? or early 90s) that John Cale gave there.