Keithmas riffs on Stones classics 0

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours


Aside from boarding a plane to Hawaii, I can’t think of a better way to remedy holiday stress than sweating it out on the d-floor. Which is exactly what a packed room of Rolling Stones fans did at the Electric Owl last weekend, as part Keithmas IV — a Foodbank Fundrager. This is where some of Vancouver’s premier rockers pay tribute to Keith Richards by taking to the stage and cranking out three of their fave “Keef” riffs.

The raucous charity event kicked off with the young bucks from The Wild North tearing into a stellar rendition of Dead Flowers. Several bands later, Rich Hope and Blue Rich Rangers closed the show with a little surprise. The Keithmas vets are known for ending the benefit concert with a down and dirty blues-fuelled set. This year, however, they pulled a bit of a fast one and capped off the evening with some disco-era Stones. Too much fun. Happy holidays fellow Stones fans – may your Christmas debt and family drama be kept to a minimum this year.

Caroling throwdown

Presented by Studio Cloud 30, the annual X-mas Factor singing competition once again added an extra hit of holiday spirit to the Vancouver Christmas Market festivities. As with last year’s finale, this caroling throwdown consisted of several amateur singers putting new spins on Christmas classics. Highlights included the adorable Kathleen Zaragosa doing a Winter Wonderland medley while strumming on her ukulele. Another standout performance was the sassy Pepper Bayart busting out a jazzy version of Santa Baby. In the end, it was Tatiana Banden who took home top prize for her somewhat traditional rendition of Breathe of Heaven. So big cheers to her. Which reminds me, is it just me or did the ice-cold Krombacher Weizen at the market seem especially delicious this year? Great service, too.

Celebrating gratitude

As a special thank you to all the people who support their respective events, the LuvnGrace peeps along with Manda Webster of Be Inspired lectures threw a holiday party at the Waterfall Building. A rager it was not. Instead, it was a thoughtful and intimate gathering for friends and colleagues in a lovely setting.

Party On - upcoming events in and around Vancouver



  • From the team behind all those fab Waldorf parties comes a multi-room bash on New Year’s Eve at the Fairmont Hotel. Visit
  • The Great Gatsby NYE Gala in Vancouver takes place at the Lux Lounge (1180 Howe St.) with host Mandy Ross. Tickets through
  • Tix for Lolita’s Masquerade NYE party are $20 in advance. The restaurant says wear a mask and be “mysterious.” Visit


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