The WISE Social and Athletic Club was created in 1958 as a members’ club for expatriates from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England. It was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1961 and purchased its home on Adanac in 1963. The WISE has hosted many events over the years including weddings, fundraisers, theatre, yoga, concerts and more recently home to some regulars like the Eastside Flea and Screaming Chicken Burlesque Society.
The Wise Hall is located at 1882 Adanac Street just off Venables next to some residential areas, so there is delicate balance between supporting a historic part of Vancouver and noise concerns from neighbouring residents. The Wise Hall has been working hard to address the concerns and will be holding a fundraiser to help them achieve their goals. This Friday, August 9th, they will be holding a fundraiser “Keep The Wise Alive” which will feature The Odds, The Palomars, Big Top and the Screaming Chicken Burlesque Society. Also on hand, a silent auction with prizes from Red Cat Records, Perryscope Concerts, Trees Ironworks, Feldman & Associates concert tickets and much more. Tickets are available for $25 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets or $30 at the door. The venue has been an institution in East Van for over 50 years. As such, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation will be dedicating a Places That Matter plaque to the Wise Hall at this Friday’s fundraiser. Come out and help Keep The Wise Alive!