BEHIND THE WIZARD’S WALL: THE STORY OF THE TARG STAGE CURTAINS

(Hey, hey, hey!  I’m pretty honored this month to have a little bit of rockandrolljunkie.com represented at one of my favorite hangouts.  Each month, this crazy-wicked arcade/music venue called House of TARG, in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada, puts out a scene report filled with all anyone needs to know to make their life fun and awesome.  Well, this month I got to write a cool bit about the awesome red velvet curtains behind the stage at TARG.  Of course, Gary was involved and blew shit way out of perspective, as he always does.  Here’s what went down – FATS) 

TO SEE THE FULL PDF EDITION OF THE HOUSE OF TARG SCENE REPORT FOR APRIL 2015, CLICK HERE

It’s 3 AM. Loud, staggered banging on my front door wakes me. It’s my good
pal Gary. He’s been at House of TARG all night. He’s a bit freaked out. While
playing Street Fighter, emptying his entire laundry change supply into the game,
he suddenly heard Pinball Wizard by The Who blasting real loud from behind
the red velvet curtains draped on the wall behind the stage. He tells me he swore
that Painkiller by Judas Priest was playing, but he distinctly heard Pinball Wizard
coming from behind the curtain. He then tells me he saw a fl ash of white light
peak out the side of the curtain. I’m in my housecoat staring at the ceiling at this
point. Being quite fearless, Gary spent little time questioning it and pulled the red
velvet curtain from the wall. I knew then I needed to put him to bed. He tells me
that on the other side of the curtain was another stage, except this stage had The
Who playing live to a huge crowd in a beautiful old movie theater.°°With this, Gary
was asleep.

OKAY, THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW

largeThose red curtains behind the stage at House
of TARG are originally from the famed Capitol
Theater once located at the corner of Bank St.
& Sparks St. Built in 1920, this theater sat 2530
people, making it the largest theater ever built in Ottawa. With it’s grand staircases & chandeliers, it was a truly magnificent venue.

caption_300Later on, this
theater hosted concerts. Most notably, Jimi
Hendrix performed there in 1968, and yes, The
Who stumbled in only weeks after Woodstock
on October 15. 1969; 14 songs into the set, they
played Pinball Wizard – soaking all that sound
and history into those red velvet curtains. The
Capitol was demolished in 1970 but local sound
wizard Doug Millar salvaged some Capitol
artifacts from the Barrymore’s basement and
now those magnificent curtains provide the
backdrop to the House of TARG stage.