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Have a holly jolly weekend with these Sure Things 

As the oh-so-extra holiday season begins, drag shows, hip hop dance troupes and high-end pop-up markets make for merry days.

Halifax's The Woods and Toronto’s Gadfly combine forces for a double bill of hip hop-y dance. - IMAGE VIA LIVEARTDANCE.CA
  • Halifax's The Woods and Toronto’s Gadfly combine forces for a double bill of hip hop-y dance.
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OBJECTS + ATTIRE Design Market and Holiday Pop-Up
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A high-end design market that'll cross names off your list and get you party-ready with all-star local makers, including Anne-Sophie Vallée Jewellery (don't miss the geometric-y cocktail rings), Thief & Bandit (hand-printed jewellery and apparel that delivers luxe-boho vibes), Calica Studio (two words: cashmere scarves) and iconic local label maggie jayne. It all goes down at 6437 Cork Street. more deets

Hoes for the Holidays
The Haus of Jeckyll—aka drag queens Miranda Wrights, Eden Disorder and Heckella Jeckyll—invite you to ring in the holidays the risqué way with this rollicking drag performance at Menz. more deets

Klorofyl and ____Interrupted
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Two top-tier hip hop troupes—Halifax's The Woods and Toronto’s Gadfly—combine forces for what Live Art Dance promises will be a "multi-sensorial roller coaster" that "interlaces urban spontaneity, contemporary dance nuances, modern Japanese culture and original music by world-renowned violinist Dr. Draw." See it at the Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Cinderella: A Holiday Pantomime
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Neptune gives the British pantomime treatment to the classic tale of a girl on her way to a party with nothing to wear, filling it with all-ages humour and of-the-moment hit songs as Cinderella and Prince Charming try to outrun the clock. more deets

14 Bells Fine Art Gallery celebrates the animal kingdom with a group show. - RJ MARCHAND ARTWORK
  • 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery celebrates the animal kingdom with a group show.
  • RJ Marchand artwork

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Jordan Bennett's first solo show in Nova Scotia sees the artist build an immersive environment that's filled with pop art colours and the historic shapes and patterns of Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture. Peep it at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. more deets

Wild Ones: A Group Wildlife Exhibition and Sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A group showcase highlighting furry, feathered and finned creatures of all kinds from across our fair land lights up 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery. more deets

Winter Solstice
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Several ViewPoint Gallery members celebrate the return of longer days and more sunlight (thank god!) with this show marking the longest night of the year. more deets

Castles, Cars and Clowns: A Celebration of Children's Art
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Petite Picassos get their due at this Craig Gallery showcase featuring over 200 pieces made during an eight-week class by artists aged five to 14. more deets

Coco Love Alcorn and The Big Sing combine forces for a show that'll make the whole room tap their toes. - LISA MACINTOSH PHOTO
  • Coco Love Alcorn and The Big Sing combine forces for a show that'll make the whole room tap their toes.
  • Lisa MacIntosh photo

Coco Love Alcorn w/The Big Sing
The legendary soul-folk singer-songwriter returns to Halifax to combine forces with the amateur sing-along The Big Sing. "Coco Love Alcorn is the queen of the collaboration, the gel of the jam. Her shows are an invitation to connect, an invitation to sing, and an invitation to be swept away by great melody, catchy lyrics and winning performances," event organizers offer, making the pairing event sweeter. Get in on the fun at the Spatz Theatre. more deets

A Serena Ryder Christmas
The Toronto singer-songwriter's latest incarnation—2017's Utopia—sees her Bowie-esque, electro leanings come to life, but this holiday-themed Casino Nova Scotia show will no doubt cover older Ryder staples and some wintertime classics, too. more deets

Support Acts: Rock in Unison feat. Jessie Brown, Worst Part, No, It's Fine, Designosaur
Jessie Brown hosts this fundraiser for The Unison Benevolent Fund, a charity helping artists in times of financial hardship, and calls a diverse rainbow of rockers onstage to round out the party. See it at The Seahorse. more deets

Dreamcrusher w/Junk Entity, Grief

OBEY Convention keeps it weird during the fest's off-season with a slew of special shows—the latest of which sees "NYC’s industrial provocateur Dreamcrusher...create a fringe, stylized kind of noise music informed by their experience as a black, queer, gender non-binary person hailing from America’s Bible Belt," event organizers promise. Local ear-punishing punks Grief and "elusive earslime purveyor"Junk Entity round out the impressive undercard at The Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

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