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Jack White tops weekly events listings

By Chris Campbell, 24 hours

Jack White performing at the Glastonbury Festival. 

Jack White performing at the Glastonbury Festival. REUTERS


Strand of Oaks

Aug. 27

Biltmore Cabaret

2755 Prince Edward St.


Strand of Oaks is a rock project led by American songwriter/producer Tim Showalter. The band is touring to promote its latest album Heal, which Showalter calls “scream therapy” after two years of constant touring and marital troubles.

Jack White

Aug. 28

Deer Lake Park


This show is part of the Concerts in the Park series. Lately, Jack White has taken a lot of abuse for not looking happy while attending a Chicago Cubs game. Aside from the media blowing somebody not smiling out of proportion, White should be excused from not smiling at a terrible baseball team. White is perhaps best known for his work with the White Stripes, but he’s touring with his five-piece band supporting his new album Lazaretto, which has says is the biggest-selling vinyl album since Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy in 1994.


Pop-up Gallery

Aug. 23-24

779 Denman St.


WEArts, a newly formed arts society serving Vancouver’s West End, presents a show featuring the work of local artists such as Judith Meyers, Ricardo Spinace, Ann Hilton, Eileen Fong, Trudy Austin, and Lianna Klassen. The gallery is a concept utilizing vacant retail space for local art exhibits and is a collaboration between WEArts and West End Business Improvement Association. This free public event will be held at a temporary gallery space located on the Northwest corner of Denman and Robson Street. Doors will also be open the following week on Aug. 29 and 30. To confirm gallery times visit


A Woman’s Place in the Kitchen

Aug. 23

The Loft at Earls Kitchen + Bar

1095 Mainland Street


Join some of Canada's top female chefs and restaurant critics for an evening of food, wine and conversation. The guests of honour are last season’s female competitors of Top Chef Canada, alongside a few of Vancouver top female toques. Jennifer Peters, former executive chef of Raincity Grill, joins the panel discussion on what it's like to the climb the culinary ladder. Mingle with the chefs as they prepare and serve up a selection of food creations, wine and cocktails, then join them for a panel discussion and Q&A led by Global TV's Caren McSherry and moderated by the Globe & Mail's restaurant critic Alexandra Gill, followed by dessert platters. General tickets (5:30 to 9 p.m.) include reception appetizers, signature cocktail, wine, panel discussion, dessert and gratuity,

with proceeds to Les Dames d’Escoffier, B.C. chapter scholarship program. Cost is $105.

Kayak for a Cure

Aug. 23

Jericho Beach


This event benefits the Canadian Cancer Society with hundreds of kayakers raising money and hitting the waters of English Bay. To register, go to and click on the Vancouver event.


Aug. 22-24

Vancouver Convention Centre

1055 Canada Place


Anime Revolution is a three-day convention, catering to a wide range of activities, exhibits, panels, and performances. These include art, animation, comics, costuming, cultural displays, dance, gaming, musical performances, and others. Guests include Mike McFarland from Dragon Ball Z.

Vancouver Wood Boat Festival

Aug. 23-24

Granville Island


Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the festival highlights everything there is to know about wooden boats. There will be music and races, as well as the launch of boats that are built during the festival. Come and make and launch a model boat with your child.

Watermelon Eating Contest

Aug. 23 (noon)

River District Farmers Market

8683 Kerr St.


Come out and test your eating skills with this contest that has categories for kids and for adults. Go to to enter.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Aug. 23

Steveston Park


Teddy bears and their young owners are invited to attend a free picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your lunch and a picnic blanket to Steveston Park and join in teddy bear-themed activities. Events include a parade, story time, bear medical checkups, bear fortune telling and face painting. There will also be games for children and teddy bears alike, and cookies and lemonade for everyone to enjoy.

Steveston Walking Tours

Fridays and Saturdays until Sept. 27

Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre

3811 Moncton St.


Choose from two different one-hour walking tours that enlighten visitors on the light and dark sides to Steveston. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Murder, Mayhem and Morality in Old Steveston will delve into the seedy underbelly of Steveston’s dark past. During the tour, visitors will learn of grisly unsolved murders, hear about ladies of dubious virtue, and uncover the vices of drinking and gambling that once gave Steveston a rough-and-tumble reputation. At 12:30 p.m., visitors can take in the Boardwalks, Bar Rooms and Boats tour, which gives glimpses of Steveston’s history from its glory days to its darkest hours. Tours cost $5 per person. Book your tour by calling the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre at 604-271-8280.


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