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Venue inside over 100-year-old iconic Vancouver landmark starts fundraiser after robbery

The space housed the famous Smilin' Buddha Cabaret, SBC Restaurant, and others.
Buddha's Vancouver
Buddha's at 109 East Hastings Street started a fundraiser after a break-in robbery in September, 2022, resulted in $8,000 worth of stolen tools and equipment.

An iconic Vancouver music space is turning to the local community for help after a break-in robbery.

Buddha's is a music venue located in one of the city's largest music and art spaces and iconic community gathering spots.

109 East Hastings has been a cultural landmark for over 100 years, housing Lige Scurry's social club, the Broadway Cafe, Smilin Buddha Dine and Dance in 1952, Smilin' Buddha Cabaret in the 60s through 80s, Sports Cafe in the 90s, the recent SBC Restaurant which closed in 2019, and now Buddha's. 

After a break-in robbery last month resulting in over $8,000 worth of stolen equipment and power tools, the venue started a fundraiser to replace what was lost. 

"We need a bit of [money] to properly secure specifically the front doors and replace what we can," writes the fundraiser description.

The money will also help Buddha's "get back on track to host another 80 plus events this coming year, serve healthy affordable food, and officially re-open at Hastings and Columbia," says the page. 

In addition to the fundraiser, Buddha's is hosting a fundraiser show with music, art, and food on Nov. 12 which will raise funds to support both the xx and Downtown Eastside community initiatives.