The National Post is reporting on the newest threat to Canadaâ€™s senior citizen population of former soldiers â€“ the takeover of veterans' clubs by skinny-jeaned hipsters.
According to the Post, the Army, Navy and Air Force club on Vancouverâ€™s Main Street was just weeks away from closing, until a new breed of Canadian was invited to join the party â€“ hipsters.
The young, ironic t-shirt wearing segment of Vancouverâ€™s downtown adopted the veterans' club and managed to revive its fortunes, with their love of karaoke, cheap beer and tacky dĂ©cor.
According to one hipster, a biologist named Sam Quinlan:
Thereâ€™s a complete lack of pretension in this place. Hipsters are frugal. The tackiness adds another layer of character.
With veterans' clubs across the country losing dues-paying members as a result of the dying off of Korean and World War II vets, chances are the trend will catch on elsewhere.
For their part, the remaining Vancouver legionnaires are taking the new crowd in stride.
Says Conrad Desjarlais, a club member in Vancouver: â€śSome nights itâ€™s trend-setting, probably the place to be in all of Vancouverâ€ť.
Real Hipsters of Vancouver is a legitimate TV show and 175 ppl answered the casting call. Portland hangs its collective heads in shame.
— Mark Kroeker (@MarkKroeker) March 13, 2013