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Ten commemorative weekend picks 

With the Halifax Explosion anniversary on the horizon, Ben Caplan delivers seasonal classics, Tanya Tagaq talks climate and collaboration and the Bluenose-Ability Film Fest returns.

10
Have Yourself a Gothic Little Christmas
Saturday // Sunday

The eighth annual Forum bazaar of fairytale, medieval, steampunk, gothic and anime items means you'll be gifting outside-the-box goodies to those on your list.

9
Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes w/Fraser Melvin
Friday

Toronto blues/R&B outfit Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes draws inspiration from the feistiest female singers of the '30s, '40s and '50s to bring you rollicking tunes that'll make you dance the night away at Bearly's.

Tanya Tagaq talks climate change at a lecture Thursday (see 3). - IMAGE VIA TANYATAGAQ.COM
  • Tanya Tagaq talks climate change at a lecture Thursday (see 3).
  • Image via tanyatagaq.com

8
Snow Queen
Friday // Saturday

Coastal Dance Theatre gives you chills with its rendition of Hans Christian Andersen's tale of childhood friends traipsing through a land of witches, sorceresses and evil queens at Alderney Landing Theatre.

7
Holiday Dough Ball
Sunday

The Coast's sweet celebration of the holidays arrives at Lot Six just in time to satisfy your sugar cravings. Chow down on cookies, cake, doughnuts and treats of all kinds from local bakeries and restaurants, while slugging back a freshly brewed coffee at one of four one-hour tasting sessions.

6
Rapport: The Red Black White Series
Thursday

If necessity is the mother of all invention, Terri Whetstone's Corridor Gallery show makes a case for restriction as the mother of all creativity: Sticking to a limited palette of red, black and white, the texture-rich, quasi-figurative pieces challenge viewers with a lack of narrative.

click to enlarge Sunday's Holiday Dough Ball features sweets and treats from local restaurants and bakers (see 7). - PHOTO BY RILEY SMITH
  • Sunday's Holiday Dough Ball features sweets and treats from local restaurants and bakers (see 7).
  • Photo by Riley Smith

5
Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday

To mark the Halifax Explosion's 100th anniversary, Eastern Front Theatre's Maritime Museum of the Atlantic play explores little-told stories of Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq and Black communities on Dec 6, 1917.

4
BAFF Awards Gala
Saturday

A Central Library screening of the Bluenose-Ability Film Festival's award-winning submissions is made even more swish with a gala featuring community speakers and classical music by pianist Natasha Fransblow.

3
Tanya Tagaq: Climate, Culture and Collaboration
Thursday

Polaris-Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq hosts this year's Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture at the University of King's College Alumni Hall.

2
Halifax Crafters Society Market
Friday // Saturday // Sunday

Over 80 vendors bring a dose of handmade goodness to Olympic Community Hall, making this a market you won't wanna miss.

1
Ben Caplan's Holiday Classics
Friday // Saturday

Everyone's favourite big-bearded bard pairs up with Symphony Nova Scotia for an orchestral redux of holiday classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

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