Celebrate Keithmas in Vancouver: Boozy Keith Richards Tribute Bash is Back

Photo credit: Kelseytracey | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Kelseytracey | Wikimedia Commons

It’s not your typical holiday celebration.

Since 2010, Vancouverites have gathered each December to celebrate the birth of Rolling Stones guitarist – and all-around bon vivant – Keith Richards.  For reasons not entirely clear, the unique celebration fuses Christmas themes with debauched live rock and roll music. It’s called Keithmas and – even if you’re an avowed Scrooge – it’s one holiday bash not to be missed.

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Celebrate Keithmas in Vancouver: Boozy Keith Richards Tribute Bash is Back

Where to watch holiday movies in Vancouver

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol Dec. 21.

Vancouver movie theatres are opening up their screens once again this holiday season. This year’s crop of special Christmas-y type screenings include a selection of free movies at the Vogue Theatre, a tussle between Vancity and Scotiabank to lure in people who can’t get enough of It’s a Wonderful Life, and perhaps the most faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol ever attempted – by Muppets. But what we want to know is – who’s screening Bad Santa?

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Where to watch holiday movies in Vancouver

A Year of Culture with Tickets Tonight – Enter to Win!

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Vancouver’s Tickets Tonight, one of the city’s most trusted ticketing companies, and Vancouver’s only same-day, half-price ticketing outlet, has mastered the art of gift giving with its celebrated  ‘A Year of Culture’ campaign.

‘A Year of Culture’ encourages art enthusiasts to enter to win for the opportunity to gain a coveted package of tickets to some of the city’s hottest dance, theatre and music events of 2015.

Enter for a chance to win by following the instructions here: www.ticketstonight.ca/culture.

Countdown to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Snowflake dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Vince Pahkala photo.

Snowflake dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Vince Pahkala photo.

In the end, it’s all about the tutus.

Truth be told, that’s why I go to a the Nutcracker in Vancouver every year. Sure, some people say it’s for kids, but if there’s a more beautiful ballet out there, I don’t know about it.

The little girl in me still loves to admire those gorgeous tulle dresses, and when the Sugar Plum Fairy tiptoes on-stage, I inevitably decide that I’m going to become a ballerina when I grow up. It’s never too late to start over, right?

The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tells the same timeless story every year, but it’s interpreted in a slightly different way depending on the troupe. This year, Ballet BC presents performances by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet–one of the most celebrated companies in the country–from December 12 to 14.

I’m excited to see what this version will bring. Of course, there will be tutus. But also, apparently, some uniquely Canadian touches.

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Countdown to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

U2 kick off their 2015 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in Vancouver

U2 photographed by John Wright

The tour dates for U2’s 2015 tour were announced today, and it looks like the Irish rock band will be kicking things off in Vancouver.

It’s the first time the band will be playing indoor arenas in a decade, and so far 19 cities have been announced. U2 will play two dates in each city, with Vancouver seeing the first two shows at Rogers Arena May 14 and 15.

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U2 kick off their 2015 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in Vancouver