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

Good tidings we bring – and a list of Vancouver holiday concerts in 2014

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The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir performs Making Spirits Bright Dec. 12 & 13 at Christ Church Cathedral.

Canada Post was the first out of the gate. The Crown Corporation began airing its commercials for the holiday season sometime back in August, it seems (though it was probably closer to the middle of November). Then Starbucks started playing Christmas music to go along with their eggnog lattes. And now December is upon us and the holiday concert season is in full swing.

Here are a few choices coming this month in Vancouver, from the traditional to the decidedly non-traditional, including a burlesque take on the Nutcracker and an annual salute to the unsinkable Keith Richards.

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Good tidings we bring – and a list of Vancouver holiday concerts in 2014

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