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.
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
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
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.
Thistle Rink was built in 1902 and burnt down in 1912. During its lifespan, the rink was a centre of life in Edmonton. It hosted parties (such as the inauguration of Alberta), music and theatre events and sports games. Read more on the history of Edmonton’s arena’s here.
1900s – Interior View (Hockey Practice)
March 15 1906 (First Meeting of the Legislative Assembly)
1909 – Interior Views
May 5 1910 – Interior View (First Alberta Music Festival)
1912: An Attempt at Adaptive Reuse…Transforming Thistle Rink into Huge Rooming House