Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019
Triple O's is a Vancouver-based burger chain operated by White Spot Restaurants, named after their signature burger sauce. Aside from the food, I am a complete sucker for their nostalgia-tinged image, including the mid-Century-inspired neon signage.
This particular sign is attached to the drive-through in Merritt, British Columbia, a frequent stop on the way to the Interior.
Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019
The neon sign above the Ovaltine Cafe on East Hastings is among the best surviving example of mid-Century signage in Vancouver. Opened in 1942, it has resolutely resisted gentrification over the years and been used for numerous screen productions, including The The X-Files and Supernatural.
Acrylic, 12x36 inches, 2018
Private Collection, Toronto
The Hotel American has had quite a history. One of a series of rooming houses along Main St, it gradually declined and closed in 2006, reopening in 2011.
Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2018
This depicts the classic neon sign above Hungry Herbie’s Drive-in diner on HWY 97 in Cache Creek, British Columbia, home of the famous monster burger. Cache Creek is a village a few hours northeast of Vancouver & is a welcome break on any drive up north.
Acrylic, 36x48 inches, 2017
Splash! 2019 Art Auction
This sign is attached to the Sai Woo restaurant in Chinatown. Sai Woo first opened its doors as a chop suey house in 1925. Its original neon sign was likely taken down in 1959 & this new facsimile was installed in 2017.
Acrylic, 72x48 inches, 2017
This depicts the well-loved neon sign attached to the Astoria Hastings in Strathcona. The Astoria started life as an apartment building, built in 1912 & converted into a hotel in 1950. Today the hotel is a single-room occupancy rental.
Acrylic, 30"x40", 2018
I came across this great open-air neon Sign Museum on 104th St. in downtown Edmonton last month.
The museum includes this famous sign that used to hang above Mike’s News Stand, which operated for 70 years on Jasper Ave. Back in the day, it was apparently the place to go to hear the local gossip, the latest sports scores and the exploits of bush pilots who gathered there.
Acrylic, 24x48 inches, 2017
This depicts the sign above the Hi-Lite restaurant in downtown Castlegar, BC. This has been a downtown landmark, and includes a functioning juke box that patrons can play from their table.
Such restaurants have been a quintessential small-town Canadian institution for 150 years, reflecting early patterns of Chinese immigration, serving both Chinese & western food at a time when they were perhaps the only restaurant in town.
Acrylic, 24x18 inches, 2016
This piece depicts the much-loved sign attached to the Lonsdale Quay Market in North Vancouver.
Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2017
Folks have been getting cheap & cheerful burgers around Puget Sound at Dick's Drive In Restaurant for a long time now. This one is in downtown Lake City, in northeast Seattle.