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City of Edmonton Archives Sports, recreation and leisure*
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Clubs / Entertainment Venues

Gay clubs and bars operated openly in Edmonton from 1969 onwards. The first club established (ca. 1969) was called Club 70 and was located at 10242-106 street. It ceased operating in 1977, and at this same location was briefly the Cha Cha Palace (late 1970’s), Boots and Saddle Nightclub (ca. 1978-2010), and finally The Junction Bar and Eatery (2010-2012). Boots and Saddle also operated Boots: the Blue Room, Simply Boots, and the Garage Burger Bar (1997-2010). Flashback Nite Club opened first in 1976 at 11639 Jasper Avenue, and then relocated to 103rd Avenue and 104 street, closing ca. 1991. The Roost Club opened in September 1977, initially open for men only, but expanded to include women in the following year. Buddy’s Nite Club opened on 124 street in ca. 1994, remaining there for 15 years, and operated its final six years on Jasper Avenue, closing in 2015. Other LGQBT bars in Edmonton included Prism, for queer women, closing in 2010; Woody’s Pub on Jasper Avenue; Secrets Bar and Grill on 107th street; and Play Nightclub downtown. Another organization important as a social and entertainment outlet for Edmonton’s gay community was The New Royalist Social Society of Northern Alberta: The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose, established in Edmonton in 1976 as part of an international Imperial Sovereign Court system. As well as providing entertainment for the gay community, the Imperial Court expanded its role to raise funds for gay and gay positive charities, and established a scholarship fund and the Star of Hope fund. Many of the gay bars and clubs hosted fundraising events or partnered with other organizations to raise monies for local community initiatives. [Some information provided by Rob Browatzke of The Junction.]

This series consists of records of some of the clubs described above, but predominantly Club 70; the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose (ISCWR); and The Roost Nightclub. There are early administrative records for Club 70, as well as newsletters and photographs. ISCWR records include Coronation programs and information from the first coronation in 1976, and then further programs and records from courts held from 1985 to 2009. There are numerous event and promotion files for The Roost Nightclub, including monthly event calendars, broadsheets and flyers, news clippings and event posters. There are hundreds of photographs, as yet uncatalogued, primarily pertaining to events and functions held at the clubs. Included with the records were Roost Nightclub plaques and trophies.

Sporting Associations

In May of 1980, writes Rick Hurlbut, a group of gay men met to discuss the need for organized recreation opportunities for gay men and women in Edmonton. (See Box 15, folder 2) The group began by organizing some pick-up baseball games followed by social gatherings, and named their club the ‘Edmonton Roughnecks Recreation Association’ (ERRA). At the end of that first season, the Roughnecks participated in a city fastball tournament celebrating Alberta’s 75th Anniversary. The Club was incorporated in February, 1981, and went on to offer sporting leagues for volleyball (introduced in the winter of 1980-81) and Gymnastics (only ran for one season, ca. 1982). The Club trained for and participated in several local, national, and international sporting tournaments, and also entered teams in the Gay Games. Their newsletter was eventually spun off into an independent, and Edmonton’s first gay newspaper, called Fine Print. ERRA appears to have folded ca. 1987; a TEAM Edmonton Gay and Sports Association was active in the 1990’s, and then re-establishes in 2006, with the shared purpose of providing sports and recreation options for Edmonton’s LGBTQ community. A wide variety of LGBQT sports options are available in Edmonton today.

This series consists of two sub-series: the Edmonton Roughnecks Recreation Association (ERRA) and a subseries of Sporting Associations/Gay Games records. The ERRA records include administrative files, promotional materials, tournament information, and framed and matted team photographs. There are also photographs of social activities, and a framed set of volleyball tournament medals. Included are items of ERRA clothing, including a tee shirt, baseball pants, and baseball socks. The gay games are represented in 6 files (dating 1984-1994), and there is 1 file concerning the Gay and Lesbian Sports Council of Edmonton. Finally there are two files documenting two fundraising events that featuring Olympic athlete, Mark Tewksbury.

Barbara Stewart

  • CA EDM MS-128
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1970-1980

The fonds consists of reports, news clippings, map and correspondence relating the MacKinnon Ravine roadway proposal; membership lists, agendas and minutes and other records of the Urban Reform Group Edmonton (URGE).

Stewart, Barbara

Charlotte Daws

  • CA EDM MS-139
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1933

The fonds consists of news clippings relating to Charlotte Daws’ track and field successes; programs of track and field events (in some of which she competed), including the first British Empire Games, Hamilton, Ontario, Aug. 16-23, 1930; a British Empire Games pin; track and field medals; and four commemorative Women's Amateur Athletic Association of Canada spoons.

Daws, Charlotte

Alberta Aviation Council fonds

  • CA EDM MS-85
  • Fonds
  • 1974-1976

This fonds consists of an information brochure on the Council, annual report (1974), list of presidents (1962-1976), and operational summary as of July 1975 including a history and list of accomplishments to that date.

Alberta Aviation Council

Ivor Dent fonds

  • CA EDM edm-103
  • Fonds
  • 1924-2001

This fonds consists of material relating to Ivor Dent's World War II service, teaching and educational career, political involvement including his term as Mayor of Edmonton, and his family and personal life. This fonds also covers Dr. Dent's involvement with various Commonwealth Games organizations including minutes, reports, correspondence, bylaws and constitution for both the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Commonwealth Games Assocciation of Canada. On April 11, 1984, Dr. Dent was invested as a member of the Order of Canada. MS 157.9 includes Commonwealth Games Association of Canada material, political correspondence and clippings, business material, M.Ed Thesis, and other ephemera. MS 157.10 includes Commonwealth Games Association of Canada material, primarily related to the Brisbane, Australia games in 1982, the Aukland, New Zealand games in 1990, and the Victoria, British Columbia games in 1994. This also includes some material related to Dent's activities with the CGAC. Also included inthis fonds is some personal material and other ephemera. MS 157.11 includes material regarding Ivor Dent's Order of Canada, his Commonwealth Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, his real estate dealings, his political and social activities (including the New Democratic Party, Municipal Politics, Alberta's Senatorial Election, the Alberta Council on Aging, and the Commonwealth Games Association), his father Charles Lionel Dent, his son Charles Dent, and correspondence and other papers. This fonds also contains publications, including two books from Geoffrey Handley-Taylor, What Peace Means to Me, the REport of the Chief Electoral Officer on the Provincial Senatorial Election, 1989, and Kaleidoscope of Nauru, 1983. MS 157.12 contains material for the Alberta Common Front campaign against cuts to social spending, a collection of business cards, political material, and correspondence and other materials related to Dent's volunteer and business activities. MS 157.13 consists of material on the Alberta Common Front activist movement, SOS Children's Villages of Canada, Commonwealth Games Association of Canada, Victoria Commonwealth Games Society. This fonds also includes cards for the Dent's 50th wedding anniversary, material from courses Dent taught at Grant MacEwan Community College, correspondence and other papers, and a certificate commemorating Dent's acitvity as a volunteer for the International Year of the Volunteer.

Dent, Ivor

Murray Davis collection

  • CA EDM edm-1039
  • Collection
  • 1948-1987

The collection consists of materials collected by Murray Davis of Edmonton between 1948 and 1997. The fonds contains programs and magazines pertaining to the cultural life of Edmonton and Canada. Programs of such groups as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Opera Association, the Citadel Theatre, and the Alberta Ballet are included. There is also a collection of Canadian cultural magazines such as Encore, Update, Celebrity News, and Arts West. In addition, there are programs and brochures of special social, cultural, and sporting events in Edmonton.

Davis, Murray

Edmonton Exhibition Association Limited fonds

  • CA EDM edm-106
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1994

This fonds consists of material dating from 1906, however, the majority of the correspondence dates from 1913. There is a large amount of material relating to agricultural exhibits, reflecting one of the major focuses of the organization. The fonds has been divided into different classes based on the administrative functions of the Exhibition Association and itd successor, Edmonton Northlands. The photographs from this collection have been catalogued separately under the number EA 45. The majority of photographs deal with events relating to judging of livestock. However, they also cover a variety of subjects such as hockey games, horse racing, and special events. Photographs in the collection date from 1918, however a vast majority cover a ten year period from 1950 to 1960.

Edmonton Exhibition Association Limited

Edmonton Cycle Club fonds

  • CA EDM edm-1121
  • Fonds
  • 1963-1966

The fonds consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, photographs, promotional material, and minutes of the Edmonton Cycle Club created between 1963 and 1966.

Edmonton Cycle Club

Edmonton Lawn Bowling Club fonds

  • CA EDM edm-1135
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1972

This fonds consists of a complete set of the minutes of the Edmonton Lawn Bowling Club, 1926 to 1972, financial records, year books, and miscellaneous correspondence. Also included are a number of trophies and plaques presented by the club.

Edmonton Lawn Bowling Club

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