City Drinks

An elegant fall fundraiser

October, 2019


Each fall we host a special fundraising evening hosted at a unique heritage venue in Vancouver. The elegant events include live and silent auctions of donated heritage items and experiences, music from local artists, wine and hors d’oeurves, and the opportunity to learn some fascinating history through special guest speakers. Each year we select a new historic venue and learn about its contributions to Vancouver’s history while enjoying exclusive access. Watch for announcements of our next exciting venue.

If you would like to donate an item for the auction, become an event sponsor or suggest a historic venue, please contact the office.

Silent Auction Donations

VHF’s annual City Drinks fundraiser brings together heritage and associated industry professionals, supporters and donors and distinguished guests to support heritage conservation in Vancouver. If you or your business are in support of preserving heritage sites consider donating an item to the silent auction. Your company will be featured on the bid sheet for your item as well as in the event program, seen by all event attendees. For more information about donating to the silent auction contact our office.

Past City Drinks Events

2018: City Drinks at Seaforth Armoury

The recently restored mess halls of the Seaforth Armoury, designed in Scottish Baronial style by architects McCarter & Nairne and completed in 1936, served as our venue in 2018. Generously hosted by the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, guests enjoyed music from violinist Rosemary Siemens and saxophonist Eli Bennett, wine, hors d’oeuvres and of course lots of history, including the opportunity to view artifacts from the Seaforth Museum and hear from archivist James Calhoun about the regiment’s long history in Vancouver. The Seaforth pipe major offered a traditional welcome and both live and silent auctions offered an array of items to bid on and help VHF achieve our fundraising goal. The live auction was presented by Fiona Forbes, TV host and producer.

2017: City Drinks at the Vancouver Club

Established in 1889, The Vancouver Club sits in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district past and present. The current building was erected in 1913 by renowned architectural firm Sharp & Thompson and designed to resemble a London gentlemen’s club of the Victorian era. Guests toured through the historic spaces in the club, enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres and a good dose of history with author and artist Michael Kluckner, along with music from celebrated local jazz performer Andrea Superstein. A silent auction of donated items and experiences rounded out the evening.

2016: City Drinks at Casa Mia

City Drinks 2016 featured an exclusive evening at one of Vancouver’s most well-known heritage mansions, Casa Mia. Built in 1932, the Ross A. Lort designed home is a fine example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with the special addition of a children’s nursery hand-painted by Disney artists and a lower level ballroom with ties to an impressive list of performers. Guests toured parts of the home during the evening and also enjoyed wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Music from Canadian instrumentalists Roy and Rosemary set the scene with their internationally renowned cinematic style.

2015: City Drinks in Shaughnessy

In 2015 we enjoyed an elegant evening at the impressive Disher House in First Shaughnessy. Built in 1912 for John Binns Johnson, Disher House is one of the only homes in Vancouver to be attributed to Architect Paul Phipps. The home served as a stunning backdrop for an evening of conversation about heritage in our city. A very special private piano performance by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Director Bramwell Tovey, a talk about the history of the home, music from local artists, wine and hors d’oeuvres and  a silent auction of local items were all included in the event.

2014: City Drinks at the Sun Tower

The inaugural City Drinks fundraiser was held at the Sun Tower. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to visit an upper floor in the tower, freshly restored while retaining original radiators, windows, floors and fittings, which was not open to the public. There was a raffle with great prizes including a chance to visit the roof of the Sun Tower, or a personalized photoshoot of your home with architectural photographer, Martin Knowles. Tickets included wine and canapés, a special cocktail inspired by the 1930s from Bambudda bar manager Buck Friend, musical entertainment by local jazz musicians James Danderfer and David Blake, a short talk by special guest author and historian Daniel Francis, and small group tours of an upper floor.