|Exhibition Forum, PNE Forum, Vancouver Forum|
|Location||North Renfrew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5K 3N7|
|Owner||City of Vancouver|
|Operator||City of Vancouver|
|Capacity||Ice hockey: 5,050 until 1980
|Renovated||1943 by the Royal Canadian Army; est. 1980's to an exhibition facility.|
Sports, Ice Hockey and the Canucks
The building became Vancouver's premier indoor sports facility in 1936 when the 10,500 seat Denman Arena burned to the ground and was not rebuilt. The arena had seating for 5,050 spectators for hockey and box lacrosse. Some of the other major spectator arenas in the area besides the Forum included the Kerrisdale Arena (Vancouver) and Queen's Park Arena (New Westminster).
It hosted the Pacific Coast Hockey League's and Western Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks from 1945 to 1968. In 1968 The WHL Canucks moved to the newly completed Pacific Coliseum which was located close by on the PNE grounds (the N.H.L. version of the Vancouver Canucks started play in 1970).
The Vancouver Burrards of the Intercity Lacrosse League later known as the Western Lacrosse Association played at the Forum from 1938 until 1949. The team left for Kerrisdale Arena for the 1950 season.
The building was refurbished as a concert and exhibition space in the early 1980s. The hockey boards were removed to create more floor space. Much of the hockey seating remains however along with one of the original press boxes which is still in place. The ice plant has since been removed from the building. The various ice activities that used to take place in the Forum are now held in the Agrodome which is also located on the P.N.E. grounds next to the Pacific Coliseum. The Agrodome had a new separate ice plant installed when the move took place but now shares one with the Pacific Coliseum after the renovations that took place in that facility for the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Winter Games.
It has hosted several concerts during its lifespan, before but mostly after the renovation.
Jimmy Durante played in the Forum during the 1930s. Bing Crosby on the invite of Vancouver boxer Jimmy McLarnin played a fundraiser for the Sunset Memorial Centre. Crosby staged his radio show in September 1948 in front of a crowd of 9,000 which was a record for the facility.
The PNE says Pink Floyd played the Forum, although the band's online record indicate five concerts at the neighbouring and smaller PNE Gardens between 1968 and 1974. Frank Zappa and his band, The Mothers of Invention played a concert on August 25, 1968. A recording of this concert was released in 2012, titled Road Tapes, Venue#1.
In the 1990s Big Audio Dynamite shared a bill with Public Image Ltd, Live, and Blind Melon on March 30, 1992. Nirvana played there on January 4, 1994. In one of the more infamous rock media interviews, Nardwuar interviewed Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love in the Forum dressing room. Soundgarden, Rocket From the Crypt and Pond played the Forum. Since the early 2000s, the venue has become popular with alternative and independent bands. Arcade Fire, Wolfmother, Portishead and the Arctic Monkeys are some of the bands who have played the venue since 2005.
The Forum was also used as a rock venue for shooting of the movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, a 1981 film about three teenage girls, played by Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Marin Kanter, who start a punk band.
2010 Olympic Winter Games
- The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver - p. 253 (Harbour Publishing)
- Narduwar vs. Kurt and Courtney - You Tube, 1994
- Man dies after being dragged from mosh pit at PNE Forum, Times Colonist (Victoria) September 26, 2007 -http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=0621bd48-237a-4d0c-9376-c9e8657a6a63
- Ex-politician Laura McDiarmid questions ban on electronic music concerts at PNE Forum - by Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight, May 2, 2012 - https://www.straight.com/article-674701/vancouver/expolitician-questions-ban-electronica?mobile=1
- Media Advisory - Vancouver 2010 volunteers celebrate International Volunteer Day
|Home of the
Vancouver Canucks (PCHL)
1945 – 1951
PCHL franchise merged with Western Hockey League
|Home of the
Vancouver Canucks (WHL)
1952 – 1968
|Home of the
Vancouver Burrards (WLA)
1938 – 1949