What Did You Miss?
Friends of the Vancouver City Archives hosted the Hugh Pickett Gala October 16, 2017, at the Sylvia Hotel – one of Hugh Pickett’s favourite Vancouver hang-outs. An evening of live music, bubbly, hors d’oeuvres and many guests from the local entertainment industry – ‘a good time to be had by all’ and ‘a good bang for your buck’- gala a la Hugh.
Proceeds from ticket sales went directly towards the processing and digitization Hugh Pickett’s records – recently donated to the City of Vancouver Archives by Gordon Boyd, Hugh’s life partner.
An evening of entertainment emceed by Howard Blank, co-hosted by Bill Allman of Famous Artists, live music by Bryant Olender, former accompanist and band leader for Michael Bublé, and augmented by illustrated presentations of Hugh’s life and career.
The Hugh Pickett records, donated to the Vancouver Archives, are vast and colourful, filled with theatre programmes, scrapbooks, event files and photographs emanating from Vancouver impresario Hugh Pickett’s long and rich career in the entertainment industry.
Aaron Chapman and the Last Gang in Town!
Author/historian Aaron Chapman presented his latest best-selling book The Last Gang in Town which covers a fascinating period of Vancouver crime history in the early 1970s.
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Vaudeville and Vancouver!
Civic historian John Atkin and artist Tom Carter presented an illustrated look at this uproarious era of traveling performers and elaborate theatres for the annual October fundraising event.
Watch for future events from the Friends
The Vancouver Archives reached a significant milestone in mid-October with over 100,000 digital objects available online for your use and re-use!