Vancouver’s Legendary Jimi Hendrix Shrine Now Open For Summer

Jimi Hendrix Shrine. Photo: T. Jerven

Jimi Hendrix Shrine. Photo: T. Jerven

The Jimi Hendirx Shrine, one of Vancouver’s most fascinating urban curiosities, is now open for summer. Why does the American musician have a Vancouver place of worship? Jimi’s grandmother Nora Hendrix lived in Vancouver’s often overlooked African-American community around Hogan’s Alley in Strathcona. During his boyhood, Jimi spent many summers in Hogan’s Alley with Nora, who owned the former Vie’s Chicken and Steakhouse where the shrine is located.

Vie’s was much more than a watering hole; it was the venue for visiting African American performers such as Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong. The artists would eat at Vie’s after concerts. Legend has it that Jimi and his cousins would stay up late helping their grandmother serve these famous musicians. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Legendary Jimi Hendrix Shrine Now Open For Summer