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Events around Metro Vancouver

By Chris Campbell, 24 hours

The Afghan Whigs have their first new album in 16 years. (REUTERS)

The Afghan Whigs have their first new album in 16 years. (REUTERS)


The Afghan Whigs

Aug. 29

Commodore Ballroom

868 Granville St.


Performing with guest Joseph Arthur, this American band is touring to promote their first album in 16 years, Do to the Beast. This is one of the most successful garage rock bands the U.S. has ever produced.

Victory Square Block Party

Aug. 31

Victory Square

150 W. Hastings


Music Waste and CiTR 101.9FM present the 10th annual Victory Square Block Party. This free event invites local residents and music fans to Victory Square to celebrate the end of summer with local bands. Expect performances from The Shilohs, Cool, Dead Soft, Tough Age, Supermoon, Purple Hearts Social Club, Nervous Talk, and Fountain. Filling the space between bands, DJs Cherchez La Femme and Richard MacFarlane (of local cassette label 1080p) will spin music throughout the day. On-air personalities from CiTR will be on-site to emcee and interview bands as part of an all-day live broadcast on 101.9 FM and streaming at www.citr.ca. Adding to the festivities will be on-site food trucks and a raffle with prizes available from local businesses.


May and Alia do Pirates! (of Penzance)

Sept. 4-13

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St.


Australian artists May Jasper and Alia Vryens present a two-woman version of the 20-plus cast Gilbert & Sullivan musical, Pirates of Penzance, in this comedy cabaret that’s part of the Fringe Festival. This is a light-hearted look at two characters not normally in the spotlight, trying desperately to present the audience with a full-scale production when the rest of the cast unexpectedly hasn’t turned up.


Gastown Barbecue and Chili Festival

Aug. 30-31

200 Block of Carrall Street


A section of historic Gastown will be shut down for two days of eating, drinking and dancing. The festival has expanded with a larger licensed area for craft beers. Events include a wing-eating competition, a pig roast, live music, and restaurants competing to cook the greatest chili and barbecue ever tasted. Bands include Bend Sinister. This event will be donating proceeds to the Athletics for Kids charity.

Tomato Festival

Aug. 30

Tsawwassen Saturday Market

6400 - 3 Ave.


Earthwise Society’s fourth annual Tomato Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., showcasing 25 varieties of organic heirloom tomatoes grown by society volunteers. Chef Wes Leveque will be back again this year with cooking demonstrations to showcase how to pair heirloom tomatoes with olive oil from local vendor Coastal Olive Oils. Also back is chef Derek Bothwell of Gastown’s Chill Winston restaurant, serving a variety of pizzas fresh from the cob oven.

Summer Playday

Aug. 31

Richmond Oval

6111 River Rd.


Celebrate the end of summer with a sampling of free live music, food, and a free outdoor screening of the newest Disney animated movie Frozen. The celebrations run from 4-10 p.m. Singer-songwriter Jordan Klassen heads the entertainment lineup with a performance at 7 p.m. “Violinistextremist” Kytami plays at 5:45 p.m. with her fusion of classical violin and fiddle styles, mixed with modern hip-hop sounds. Throughout the evening, performers include jugglers Mike Battie and Yuki Ueda and plenty of fun for the kids including bouncy castles, the Richmond Art Truck, Tumble Bus, Cartwheels Inc. gymnastics zone, ping pong and more. Free parking will be available at the City of Richmond’s Works Yard (5599 Lynas Lane). Bus shuttles will be running from 3:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Squamish Nation Youth PowWow

Aug. 29-31

Capilano Reserve Park

100 Mathias Rd.

West Vancouver

This is a family event open to the public, with a salmon barbecue and multiple dance competitions all day.

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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