October 15-29, 2020
see below for details!
In 2020, we are unable to gather for City Drinks in a new heritage venue. Instead we are hosting an online silent auction. The auction will include items and experiences donate by local businesses, organizations and individuals. For more information on the Fall Heritage Auction click here.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at a legendary venue for City Drinks at the Panorama Roof on Friday, October 25th. The evening was a wonderful success and we look forward to welcoming guests to a new historic venue in 2020.
When the hotel opened in 1939, the Panorama Roof ballroom quickly became a special night spot with its views over the city and weekly CBC broadcasts of the big band dance music of the Dal Richards Orchestra starting in 1940 for a record run of twenty-five years.
The evening was hosted by emcee Fiona Forbes, TV host and producer. Historian John Atkin shared stories of the hotel, the Panorama Roof ballroom and its live radio broadcasts. A selection of wines and beers, along with a sparkling wine reception, a feature cocktail and hors d’oeuvres were included. Guests enjoyed swing era favourites and songs from the great American songbook from local musicians James Danderfer (clarinet), Oliver Gannon (guitar), Paul Rushka (bass) and Jesse Cahill (drums). Guests embarked on mini tours of historic areas in the landmark hotel and took part in exciting live and silent auctions of art, experiences and unique items generously donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals all which helped VHF reach our fundraising goal.