Vancouver, BC: The Retinal Circus, 1967-1968. Offset. 13 handbills measuring 2 ½ x 4 in. - 5 x 14 in. All in near fine condition. Item #5540
Rare collection of handbills from Vancouver’s premiere psychedelic rock venue.
The Retinal Circus was a short-lived venue and nightclub in Vancouver, opened in the summer of 1967 and closed the winter of 1968. Vancouver did not have many psychedelic rock venues at this time, so the Circus hosted many legendary performances throughout their short tenure, as well as put on light shows and dance parties, advertised on these handbills in colorful psychedelic imagery. Thirteen handbills for shows including The Youngbloods, Bo Diddley, Country Joe, The Velvet Underground, Papa Bear’s Medicine Show, Frumious Bandersnatch, and more. Most handbills are designed by Steve Seymour, one by Frank Lewis, and some uncredited.