Seventy years ago today, an unquestionable genius was born and later grew up to be one of the most talented guitar player to ever live. Today is Jimi Hendrix’s birthday, and if you want to commemorate this special day, you’re in luck. The Jimi Hendrix shrine, located at 207 Union, will be hosting a special event.
Although the tiny museum and shrine closes in September for the winter, they will be opening to mark this special day. Hendrix has ties to our city- his grandparents Nora and Ross Hendrix, immigrated here in 1911. The guitar legend spent much his childhood in Vancouver and even attended school here for a short while. His grandmother was a cook a Vie’s Chicken and Steak House, which is now the building attached to the shrine.
Tonight’s event will feature hip-hop poetry from the Black Dot poetry collective as well as an open mic for anyone who wants to share their talents. The documentary Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, will also be screened and there’s a chance Jimi’s relatives or residents of Hogan’s Alley, where he grew up, might stop by to share stories.
So get on your paisley bandana and head on down for what’s bound to be a special night honouring a rock n’ roll legend.
Jimi Hendrix Shrine
207 Union Street
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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