Keep it weird this Christmas

And four other events that make Vancouver awesome this week

Weirdos Holiday Market

Back for a second year, the Weirdos Holiday Market is the perfect shopping event for the truly unconventional. Hosted by This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven and Betamax Studios, the Weirdos Holiday Market launched in 2017 to rousing success. Much like the carefully curated curios found at This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven, the vendors at the Weirdos Holiday Market will run the gamut from the occult to the purely scientific — we’re talking crystals to anatomical curiosities.

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When: Dec. 8 to 9

Where: The Hall at Britannia Community Services Centre, 1739 Venables St.


Yule Duel


If all you want for Christmas is to hear those beloved holiday tunes, take note that the halls of Gastown — or rather the street — will be decked with carol singers galore taking part in Yule Duel. The fun, festive, free event takes place outside each year in Gastown, and finds dozens of local choirs and singing groups going head to head in an exciting sing-off fundraiser. Fans can cheer on their favourites, while a panel of judges cast their votes for their picks.

When: Dec. 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Water Street in Gastown


City of Vancouver Book Awards

The City of Vancouver recently revealed the four finalists for their annual Book Award. Finalists for the City of Vancouver Book Award are chosen by an independent jury. The winner will be announced at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch at an event that will also include a panel discussion with the finalists. Featuring an eclectic assortment of genres — poetry, long-form journalism, memoir and anthology — a central theme for this year’s finalists is connection and healing.

When: Dec. 8, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ninth floor, VPL Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.


Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen Pop-Up

Photo by Olivia Sari-Goerlach
Photo by Olivia Sari-Goerlach

Hand-crafted and hand-sliced hot pastrami piled high on fresh rye bread. Beet cured lox on a poppy seed bagel with a schmear of house-made labneh. Briny pickles. The very best of the Jewish deli experience is the hallmark of the itinerant Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen, which has been doing pop-ups in Vancouver over the last couple of years. They’ll be serving up signature slow-brined and smoked pastrami in sandwiches (with mustard and a homemade pickle on the side), along with the aforementioned bagels and lox for one night only, so get it while it’s hot.

When: Dec. 11, 6 p.m. until they run out
Where: Faculty Brewing, 1830 Ontario St.


Vancouver Story Slam Storytelling Championship

The 14th annual Vancouver Story Slam Storytelling Championship is the grand finale of a year-long live storytelling competition, and you get to help choose the winner. The top storytellers of the 2018 Vancouver Story Slam season bring their best stories to the stage, and the audience casts anonymous ballots to determine who leaves the theatre victorious. Let the stories begin. 19+ only.

When: Dec. 11, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.

Where: The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway

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