Summer Dinner at The Permanent

Welcome summer at a historic venue

Tuesday June 20th, 2017 6:30pm – 10pm

Tickets $250 (includes a $100 charitable tax receipt)

*Please note sales for this event have ended. 


Welcome summer with a special evening at a beautiful historic venue and support our education programs. Help us celebrate 25 years of VHF while you enjoy a champagne cocktail reception, seasonally inspired three-course menu paired with wine, and live music from celebrated local jazz musicians James Danderfer, Sharon Minemoto and Rene Worst. Hear about the history of the building from Historian Donald Luxton and its recent restoration from Eric Cohen on a light summer evening under the impressive stained glass atrium. Tour the architecture of The Permanent, originally a 1907 neo-classical bank, which has been beautifully restored into this unique venue, and come prepared to bid on a selection of exclusive heritage experiences in the auction.

Our menu will include a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres, appetizers featuring fresh local seafood and produce, seasonally inspired entrees and sumptuous dessert. A champagne cocktail and selection of wine are included. A vegetarian/vegan option is available, please let us know of any dietary concerns when you purchase your ticket.

All proceeds will support VHF’s public awareness and education programming.

Dress code: Cocktail

About the venue:

Erected a century ago, the venue is named after the BC Permanent & Loan Company, which first opened its doors in 1907. In 1935, the Bank of Canada called this place home, leaving its mark for decades to come. Recently, The Permanent was completely restored, bringing a landmark heritage space back to the community. 

The original Bank of Canada vault door still stands tall at the head of the main hall, with the stunningly beautiful stained glass atrium overhead. Other historic elements are found throughout - in the crown mouldings, the bronze chandeliers, and the tile mosaics.





About the musicians:

Vancouver based LEO award-winning film composer James Danderfer has been nominated twice as "Best Jazz Clarinetist" in the National Jazz Awards and performs with some of the finest musicians in North America. Sharon Minemoto has been heralded as a "swinging, sensitive pianist with a highly melodic style and a composer of some very hip original music” by Coastal Jazz & Blues. Rene Worst is a talented and skilled bassist, producer and founding member of noted fusion band Skywalk. He has performed with an impressive list of artists including Chet Baker, David Bowie, Aerosmith and Glass Tiger.

About our speakers:

Donald Luxton is a well-recognized heritage consultant, author and historian with three decades of experience in all aspects of cultural planning and heritage resource management in Western Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He consulted on the recent restoration of The Permanent.

Eric Cohen is the owner of The Permanent as well as RENEW Gallery - a business specializing in period lighting and fine antiques. He has been buying and restoring heritage architecture and collecting period antiques for over 40 years. Cohen is known for his knowledge of and passion for saving and preserving the built environment of historical significance. Cohen has restored various heritage structures in both Ottawa and Vancouver and believes that the preservation of these great buildings is his mission in life.