1. Yule Log II at Local 510 (Monday, Dec. 10)
The Yule Log channel that shows up on cable during the holiday season is a rather uneventful video loop—unless you get really excited by waiting for the hand that comes and moves the logs around. Local 510 is hosting the screening of an altered version that promises a lot more than just a hand coming in every once in a while. Entry costs you only a non-perishable item for the food bank.
2. Colm Wilkinson at Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre (Tuesday, Dec. 11)
Wilkinson was the original Jean Valijean in Les Miserables on Broadway and in the West End. He’ll be using his storied voice to sing a mix of Broadway favourites and Christmas songs.
3. Sparkling for New Year’s Eve at Crowfoot Wine & Spirits (Wednesday, Dec. 12)
Crowfoot Wine & Spirits has you covered if you’re planning a New Year’s shaker and are unsure of what bubbly to buy. Sample Champagnes and sparkling wines to make an informed decision sure to impress at midnight on the big day.
4. Chandra A. Bell at Owl’s Nest Books (Wednesday, Dec. 12)
Santa’s watching, and author Chandra A. Bell has documented how he keeps track of all the naughty and nice children: The Elf on the Shelf. She reads from and signs her book.
5. Adults Only Night at Telus Spark (Thursday, Dec. 13)
This month’s Adults Only Night is all about record-breaking (if you’re arachnophobic, you don’t want to watch the above video). There will be other, less creepy records available for you to attempt, including ones involving balloon wieners and baton twirling. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to forget there was over 50 spiders on my body if I attempted that world record, which is probably why my personal record of spiders on my body is one.
Honourable mention: Celebrate the 14th anniversary of Dub at the Pub with Echo Minott at the Drum and Monkey on Tuesday, Dec. 11.—Jon Roe