City Drinks at The Vancouver Club

An elegant fall fundraiser

Tuesday October 3rd, 2017

7pm – 10pm

Tickets $110 (includes a $50 charitable tax receipt)

 

Our annual fall fundraiser returns on October 3rd, hosted this year at the historic Vancouver Club. Established in 1889, The Vancouver Club sits in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district past and present. Membership has changed over the years from exclusively male, many residing in nearby “Blueblood Alley” of the young city, to today’s lively mix of business professionals. The current building was erected in 1913 by renowned architectural firm Sharp & Thompson and designed to resemble a London gentleman’s club of the Victorian era. The club is a proud steward of the building and its history which remains a landmark on a street with its fair share of significant heritage buildings. 

We invite you to join us for a special evening in this private heritage venue, not usually open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to take a tour through the historic spaces in the club, enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and a good dose of history, along with music from celebrated local jazz performer Andrea Superstein. A silent auction of items and experiences donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals will round out the evening. Learn about the history of the club with author and artist Michael Kluckner.

Celebrate our city’s historic places and support VHF’s educational programs and projects.

Dress code: Cocktail (please no denim or athletic wear)


About the venue

The Vancouver Club was built by Sharp and Thompson to resemble a substantial British townhouse and was inspired by 17th and 18th century English classicism. When completed, the club was described as an example of ‘modern Renaissance’ design, due to its symmetrical appearance, harmonious proportions, Palladian-style attic type windows and ornamentation in the classical manner. While the building had a historical façade and interior, it was an early example of a modern, reinforced concrete superstructure. Inside, the club had up-to-date ventilation, heating and electrical systems and all-modern conveniences in the way of kitchens, refrigeration, central vacuum, electric lifts and dumbwaiters. - City of Vancouver heritage plaque program (edited)

 

About our performers

Playing on her eclectic tastes and broad musical knowledge, Andrea Superstein offers a unique musical style. Gleefully taking swing, blues, Latin and ballad and subtly infusing pop, indie rock and other unexpected styles and elements, she as Tom Harrison, music critic for the Vancouver Province, said, is “redefining jazz”. Superstein shows her true talents as vocalist, composer and arranger, with powerful vocals exemplifying both the gentle and the strong, the light and the dark. She breathes the here-and-now into the classics, while brushing authenticity into every note of every new song she writes. Andrea will be accompanied by Mary Ancheta on keyboard and Nino DiPasquale on drums.

 

About our speaker

Michael Kluckner is an artist, illustrator and author of several books on Vancouver history including Vancouver Remembered and Vanishing Vancouver. Michael is a member of the Vancouver Heritage Commission, the President of the Vancouver Historical Society and researched and wrote VHF's Historic West Hastings Map Guide which includes the Vancouver Club and surrounding area.