Special Events


Museum Events

'A Royal Victorian Day at the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum'

Saturday May 19th, 1- 4:00pm

Victoria Day is the day on which Canada officially celebrates The Queen's birthday, so join us in starting the celebrating early on Saturday the 19th! it is also the day of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Come have tea and biscuits and meet some Victorians at the museum! You might even see a young Queen Victoria!

*Entry by donation.

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'Vancouver Heritage Foundation Heritage House Tour'

Sunday, June 3, 10 am - 5 pm

We are very honoured to be included on the itinerary for this year's Vancouver Heritage Foundation Heritage House Tour.  Held annually, this self-guided tour gives participants an opportunity to view some fine examples of pre-1940s heritage homes across Vancouver. Homeowners and professional staff are on hand in the homes to share their knowledge of the home's history, as well as energy efficient upgrading and other aspects of maintenance. Tickets for the tour can be purchased online or at West Point Grey Community Centre, 4397 West 2nd Avenue.  Note that during our regular open hours of 1 - 4 pm, entry by donation will apply to non-participants in the tour.


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'Jenny, My Blithest Maid: Scottish 17th and 18th Century Music and Song'

Sunday June 3rd, 7:00pm (doors at 6:30pm)

Soprano Elspeth McVeigh will enchant us with her lovely voice as she sings gorgeous early Scottish music accompanied by Thomas Law on the flute. This is sure to be a heartwarming evening in the intimate setting of our 1865 era building which provides the perfect ambiance and rich acoustics. http://www.elspethmcveighmusic.com/

** This is a fundraiser event with all proceeds going towards the maintenance of our historic building! **

Tickets are $20 at the door (doors 6:30pm) OR:
          -Reserve by phone: 604-734-1212
          -Purchase online: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-friends-of-the-old-hastings-mill-store-museum/events/jenny-my-blithest-maid-scottish-17th-18th-c-music-song/

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'The Paddle Song: A Thank you to Indigenous First Responders during the Great Vancouver Fire of 1886'

Saturday, June 16, 1 - 4 pm.

When an out-of-control clearing fire bore down upon the city of Vancouver in the early afternoon hours of June 13, 1886, many panicked residents were forced to flee into the waters of Burrard Inlet.  Indigenous men and women from the community of Ustlawn on the North Shore immediately came to their aid, paddling their canoes across the inlet to bring victims to safety.  During their rescue efforts, the first responders sang a "Paddle Song" to provide comfort and reassurance to those in distress.  Native Daughters of BC Post #1 wish to offer our profound gratitude to the citizens of Ustlawn for their ancestor's extraordinary acts of bravery and compassion during the Great Vancouver Fire. This is a free event, made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Vancouver Foundation Small Neighbourhood Grant Program.  Watch for further details, coming soon!

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'Music at the Museum: Sea Shanties with the Lazy Jacks Sea Shanty Crew and Doug the Fiddler and Friends'

Sunday, June 17, 1 - 4 pm

Our popular music series continues! Enjoy singalong sea shanties with the Lazy Jacks on the museum main floor, 1 - 2 pm, followed by an old time fiddle jam session upstairs with Doug the Fiddler and Friends, 2 - 4 pm. Participation most welcome - we provide the songbooks, you provide the voices and instruments. Tea and cookies served.

*Entry by donation.