Celebrate Keithmas IV in Vancouver: Boozy holiday tribute to Keith Richards

Photo credit: Kris Olin | Flickr

Photo credit: Kris Olin | Flickr

It might be Vancouver’s strangest holiday tradition.  Once every December, in the midst of all the shopping and decorating, Vancouverites set aside a moment to celebrate one of the more obscure events of the season: Keith Richards’ birthday.

Keithmas, the annual holiday tribute to Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards, is back for its fourth instalment this year, Dec. 20 at the Electric Owl pub on Main Street. At least nine bands will take the stage in a charity concert marking the 70th birthday of one of rock’s timeless (if not ageless) icons.

The concert serves as a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank Society.  Bands, all of whom play a short set of Rolling Stones or Keith Richards covers, perform for free. All proceeds from ticket sales go the food bank, and guests who bring non-perishable food to donate get discounted admission.

True to its namesake, Keithmas is usually quite the rager of a show.   Continue reading:
Celebrate Keithmas IV in Vancouver: Boozy holiday tribute to Keith Richards

Vancouver’s White Spot Turns 85 and Offers Retro Menu

Photo sourced from Whitespot.ca

Photo sourced from Whitespot.ca

Are you ready to turn back the clock with Chicken Pick’ns, Triple Triple burgers and bumbleberry pie?

White Spot, Vancouver’s beloved homegrown burger joint, is turning 85 on July 16.  In honour of the momentous occasion, they’re bringing back a retro menu from June 10-July  14 featuring some long lost classics from the restaurant’s early years.

In addition to the artery-challenging Triple Triple burger (that’s three patties slathered with Triple O sauce), White Spot will feature the snack that started it all: their BBQ Chicken Sandwich.

When the original White Spot drive-in opened in 1928 on Granville Street and 67th Avenue in Vancouver, beef was in short supply.  So the restaurant earned its first loyal fans by serving chicken, not burgers, explains Mia Stainsby in a great article for the Vancouver Sun.

Over the years, of course, White Spot moved firmly into burger country. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s White Spot Turns 85 and Offers Retro Menu

Summer Live in Stanley Park: 3 Days of Free Music + Fun, July 8-10

Daniel Wesley

What a summer for free music in Vancouver!  Free performances as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival; free Canada Day concerts across the city and – coming up July 8-10 – a free weekend of music and festivities in Stanley Park.

Summer Live, a special celebration at Brockton Point in Stanley Park in honour of Vancouver’s 125th birthday, will feature more than 180 performances and activities over three days.

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Summer Live in Stanley Park: 3 Days of Free Music + Fun, July 8-10