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Organ Grinder Restaurant
Vancouver B.C. Canada
Organ installation timeframe: 1976 -

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Organists who played at the Vancouver Organ Grinder:

  • Stephen Dunsmore
  • David Lobban
  • Ron Poll
  • John Steele
  • Don Thompson
  • Brian Tingle

Organ Grinder Plans Three More Pizza Parlor Locations
Excerpt from The Console magazine, May 1976 (v14, No 5, pp1,11):
Junchen Hiring Help
Delays in various stages of constructing the Vancouver Organ Grinder restaurant resulted in loss of organ installers who had to return to other scheduled jobs in the east. To maintain his erecting work, Dave Junchen flew to Southern California over the weekend of May 22-24 to look for replacement technicians so the organ will be ready for its announced June 12th opening.
He hired Robert McNeur, who recently relocated in the area after leaving Phoenix, Arizona. He flew to Vancouver Monday evening, May 24th to help finish the work. Junchen estimated that it would require at least one week to ten days to get the instrument ready. Organist John Steele will maintain and regulate it following its debut.
John Steele Opens Vancouver Parlor June 15
John Steele, who has been one of the popular organists at the Cap'n Galley Pizza Restaurants along the San Francisco Penninsula in Campbell, Santa Clara and Redwood City, leaves California June 5th for Vancouver British Columbia, Canada and will open the new Organ Grinder Pizza Parlor there June 15th. Steele sold his home and a great deal of pipe organ components that he had been accumulating for several years that were to be the basis of a large theatre instrument. He will move parts of the organ that he wishes to keep with him to Vancouver.
On May 18th, Dave Junchen, who was erecting the organ in the new parlor, put out a call for additional experienced help to come to Vancouver for at least one week's work to aid him in getting the instrument set for the opening day. This is the second in the Organ Grinder chain to be opened. It was learned the firm has plans to open several more units in the United States and then embark on an extensive building program in Australia. All units are to be equipped with theatre pipe organs, it was stated by a spokesman for the company.

Bobzien Hired to work on Vancouver Organ
Excerpt from The Console magazine, September 1976 (v14, No 9, pp6):
Los Angeles organman Merle Bobzien has been hired by The Organ Grinder Pizza Parlor in Vancouver, B.C. to complete work on the recently opened organ and regulate the instrument. Bobzien was hired by Hawaiian ATOS organ buffs to take care of the Robert Morton in the Hawaii Theatre and spent several months putting the organ in top playing condition.

Leaving All This
Excerpt from The Console magazine, August 1979 (v17, No 7, pp 12):
David Lobban, Toronto Organ Grinder associate organist, will soon leave his position to take up another bench spot at the organ Grinder Restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is shown here with Carol Piazza on the bench of the Riviera Theatre Wurlitzer Console in Tonawanda, New York.

Ron Poll Replaces David Lobban at Pizza Parlor
Excerpt from The Console magazine, February 1980 (v18, No 2, pp 23):
Ron Poll, original organist at the Vancouver, British Columbia Organ Grinder Restaurant, has replaced David Lobban on the bench, it was announced this month.

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