Swapping his suit and tie for a guitar, Joe Keithley hosts a Green Party fundraiser this Saturday in Burnaby

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      Greater Vancouverites will have chance this Saturday (August 20) to both help the Green Party in the upcoming civic election, and get a rock and roll history lesson. Burnaby City Councillor Joe Keithley will host and perform at a fundraiser at Lochdale Community Hall in North Burnaby.

      “I’ll be playing a bunch of my favourite songs and telling the stories behind them,” Keithley told the Straight. “My old friends Greg Hathaway and Brad Lambert from Roots Roundup will be playing at the event as well.”

      Keithley—long-famous as the frontman for Vancouver punk icons D.O.A.—was first elected to Burnaby City Council in 2018. He’s running for re-election this October.

      “I have worked hard to advance a boatload of progressive ideas to help our residents since being elected in 2018,” he said. “Like: fighting Climate Change, getting affordable rental housing and co-ops built, getting active transportation infrastructure built, affordable daycare space, rapidly increasing our tree canopy among other initiatives. I also have set a music program called Harmony for All, which gets musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged kids in Burnaby.”

      The fundraiser runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lochdale Community Hall, located at 490 Sperling Avenue.

      "Funnily enough, Lochdale Hall is one block from my old high school [Burnaby North Secondary], where I  saw my first rock show when I was 14," Keithley said. "So it will be a fun return to my old stompin' grounds."

      Punk rock trainspotters will also note that the cover shot for D.O.A.'s landmark debut album, Something Better Change, was taken on the street in front of the hall. 

      Tickets are $25, with students and the underemployed eligible for discounts at the door.

      For tickets and more information, go here.