July 13 2021 – 9:30am Dave Doroghy & Graeme Menzies , Topic: “111 Places in Vancouver You Must See” ZOOM

International       Sports Marketing      Executive

With pen in hand and camera strapped around his neck, Dave Doroghy has visited over 50 different countries. Unlike most of the city’s inhabitants, he was actually born in Vancouver and spent most of his life living and working downtown.

Dave has worked on two consecutive winning Olympic Bids – a unique distinction. Altogether, Dave has 25 years of experience in acquiring sponsors for major international sports initiatives and professional teams in Canada and around the world.

Dave was the Director of Sponsorship Sales for London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. (2003—2004). He also helped drive sponsorship sales for Vancouver’s successful bid to host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (2002—2003). He then was appointed Director of Sponsorship Sales for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (2005—2010) where he led the team that raised a record breaking $756.2 million.

In spring 2013, Dave wrapped up a 2.5 year sponsorship consulting engagement with the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, where he helped the Organizing Committee to acquire the Games first sponsors, write the Games sponsorship business plan and assist in the hiring the Games sponsorship sales team.

Dave’s rich marketing and sponsorship background includes stints as Vice President of the NBA Vancouver Grizzlies and the NBA Memphis Grizzlies as well as various senior management positions over a six-year period with Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, owners of the NHL Vancouver Canucks and the General Motors Place (Rogers) Arena.

Dave Doroghy and Graeme Menzies once co-conspired on a successful Olympic bid and now have co-authored the book “111 Places in Vancouver That You Must Not Miss”. While there are already many guidebooks on the city of Vancouver, this book is unique. It’s less of a guidebook and more of an eclectic collection of quirky and enticing stories about the city that even locals may not know about. The two were approached by the German publisher Emons, who has backed 250 other books under the same umbrella over the last 20 years. You won’t find the usual Gastown Steam Clock in this book. Instead, you’ll discover hidden gems throughout the Lower Mainland and the compelling stories that accompany them. Over the course of a year, Graeme and Dave curated this list of amusing attractions and have shared some of their finds and experiences with several Probus Clubs.

Raymond Greenwood introduced our speakers, Dave Doroghy and Graeme Menzies.


  1. Hendrix’s Grandma’s House.

Many people aren’t aware that Jimi Hendrix’s Grandma, Nora, lived in the Strathcona neighbourhood, called Hogan’s Alley, at the time. Nora was involved in the African Canadian community. When African Canadian icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, or Sammy Davis Jr would pass through, they’d stop by at Vie’s Chicken and Steak House where Nora worked. Every summer, a young Jimi would come up from Seattle to busk in the city while staying with his grandma.

  1. The Billy.

This Billy is an unsuspecting pub on a residential street. Step through the charming red door to travel back in time. Named after Billy Bishop, this hidden spot is full of WWI and WWII artifacts, including the largest privately held collection of regimental badges. Take on the challenge of finding the Royal Yacht Britannia’s plaque!

  1. H Tasting Lounge at the Westin Bayshore.

This lounge isn’t just a nice spot for a drink. Back in 1972, Howard Hughes rented out an entire two floors at the attached hotel for six months while evading his taxes here in Canada. Now the lounge is dedicated to him, although they weren’t able to make a more direct tie due to licensing issues.

  1. Harbour Centre.

In 1977, to promote the opening of the new restaurant at the top of the Harbour Centre building, Neil Armstrong stuck his Gucci loafer into a block of wet cement. At the time, the building was the tallest in Vancouver. The idea was that visitors could see his footprints where they’d be as close to the moon as possible in the city. At some point, the footprints disappeared, and no one knows where they are anymore. This gig fetched Mr. Armstrong a mere $5,000 – guess that astronaut pension isn’t that great!

  1. Hidden Seawall Symbols.

Stanley Park is obviously a huge attraction, but there are some hidden treasures to discover. Forty years ago, Dave signed up fora bird-watching tour in Stanley Park with his mom. When no one else showed up, their tour guide showed them some fun symbols along the seawall. James Cunningham built the seawall over 35 years. While he mostly cobbled together any rocks he could find, there is a stretch where you can see stones carved into the shape of Clubs, Spades, Diamonds, and Hearts. There’s also a series of rocks carved to look like a maple leaf, a hockey stick, and a puck!

While shooting a promotional video for the book, two men approached Dave and Graeme to ask if they knew where the symbols were! Apparently, they had recently picked up the book themselves and were now on the hunt.

  1. Twin Urinals.

There is a formula to the success of the 111 guidebooks. Every book needs to have at least one attraction in each of the following categories: a murder mystery, a shipwreck, a ghost story, and, most importantly, a story about a urinal. Dave was stressed trying to find a urinal story. One day, he decided to take a break from book writing to attend a friend’s wedding at Heritage Hall. During a bathroom break, he stumbled upon the only twinned urinal in Canada! He took out his camera and snapped a photo for the book – a risky move in a washroom! Sure enough, this entry was the one that got the most attention. Since the book has come out, Dave and Graeme have seen people weave the guide into their other interests. For example, a group now hosts walking tours of Stanley Park, stopping at all the park’s attractions listed in the book. The loop is 30 km in total! There’s also a bike loop inspired by the book that wraps up at The Billy. Others are on a mission to photograph all of the spots in the book.

Now that the book is out, Dave and Graeme have learned so much more about these attractions and other hidden gems by giving talks like this one. They already have lots of excellent materials for the book’s eventual update. In the meantime, the duo decided to start a podcast called Vancouver Places. A new 10-minute episode drops every Tuesday. They enjoyed the process of writing the book so much so that they also published “111 Places in Whistler That You Must Not Miss,” which includes stories through the whole Sea to Sky corridor. Of course, with their Olympic involvement, there are many stories about the games to look out for in there. Next on the docket will be 111 Places in Victoria that you must not miss. While Dave and Graeme hope that you will grab one of their guidebooks for yourself, they were definitely more interested in encouraging everyone to explore the city and think about Vancouver’s history.

Peter Scott thanked the speakers for their excellent presentation.

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