Louis Armstrong in Edmonton

I recently purchased a very interesting photograph from the 1950s labelled “Louis Armstrong” and “Vinnie’s Rest in Edm”. The print looks like an original from the 1950s. This led me to research when Louis Armstrong was in Edmonton. As it turns out, he did a concert at Edmonton Gardens (on the site of the present-day Northlands Agricom) on September 10, 1957.

I was able to determine the location of my photo based on the sign for the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and from referencing a couple of photographs posted on the Historic Edmonton and Northern Alberta Facebook Group.

Here is my photo, the Jasper Ave location it was taken at and a couple of the photos of the concert available through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Outside Perrin Block (10615 Jasper Ave) – September 1957

Perrin Block - 10615 Jasper Ave - Louis Armstrong - September 1957

Louis Armstrong on Jasper Ave. This photo may have been taken as a souvenir for the man on the left.

Location of Perrin Block –¬†1950s & Google Streetview

JaronWilliams - Perrin Block - 10615 Jasper Ave - Location Views

The X in each image marks the approximate location that Louis Armstrong was standing in my photograph. These images were sourced from Google Streetview and Brent Welch of the Historic Edmonton & Northern Alberta Facebook Page respectively.

Edmonton Gardens – September 10 1957

RP219.7 - Louis Armstrong and the All Stars play at Edmonton Gardens, a Curley Gurlock CJCA Presentation - Sept 10 1957

RP219.5 - Louis Armstrong and the All Stars play at Edmonton Gardens, a Curley Gurlock CJCA Presentation - Sept 10 1957