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Seven sure things for December 17-23

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Maureen Batt has the type of golden voice that makes diehard fans of folks who didn't even know they liked classical music. See for yourself as she takes the virtual stage this week for the new opera December. - TOM BELDING PHOTO
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  • Maureen Batt has the type of golden voice that makes diehard fans of folks who didn't even know they liked classical music. See for yourself as she takes the virtual stage this week for the new opera December.

Friday December 18

Evergreen Festival: John Gracie w/Zamani, Carloyn Curry

Read more about triple-threat Zamani here.
Dec 18, 6-9pm, Facebook Live @EvergreenFestNS

Christmas Cheers! with Shane the Bartender

Craft cocktail connoisseur Shane Beehan is back on his BS (that's bespoke spirits), showing you how to make fancy-as-all-get-out cocktails with whatever's languishing in your pantry and fridge ATM. Read more about the fun here.
Facebook live and Instagram live, Dec 11 and 18, 8pm, free

Saturday December 19

Evergreen Festival: Hillsburn w/Keonté Beals

Keonté Beals released one of the year's best albums with his sophomore effort King: It's pure R&B that would rouse Usher himself to the dance floor.
Dec 19, 7-9pm, Facebook Live @EvergreenFestNS


Sunday December 20

Evergreen Festival's Evergreen Bright

City hall, but make it a gingerbread house. Sullivan's Pond, but make it Disney's Fantasia. Yup, the downtown holiday shindig Evergreen Fest has done it again, taking beloved Halifax landmarks and glazing them in enough holiday lights to make for the brightest winters' eve you've ever witnessed. Fill a reusable mug full of hot cocoa and take an evening stroll in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth between now and January 1 to witness the magic. To Jan 1, 4:30-9:45pm, details at evergreenfestns.com

Monday December 21

Essential Opera presents December

Monica Pearce's one-act opera about a lesbian couple going home for the holidays is decked with talent—including internationally lauded soprano Maureen Batt, a queen of the local classical scene.
Dec 21, 8pm, YouTube Live, Details at tickethalifax.com, $20

Tuesday December 22

Downtown Dartmouth virtual holiday party w/Rich Aucoin

The dance pop king who's spent most of 2020 giving you sonic tye-dye for your ears to feast upon is back: This time, it's to help you make merry with a livestream set that's part of this online holiday hootenanny. Opening acts like Willie Stratton and Laura Merrimen kick things off at 6pm.
Dec 22, 6pm, stonepizza.ca for details and tickets, $10

Wednesday December 23

To Bethlehem with Kings

The men and boy choristers of Capella Regalis will be joined by Paul Halley on pipe organ and Maritime Brass Quintet to present their 11th annual Christmas concert. The virtual showcase is still being confirmed according to the group's website, but fans of composers both ancient and modern should keep an eye on capellaregalis.com as the second wave continues. Dec 23, 7:30pm, YouTube Live, Details and links at capellaregalis.com, $10/$25

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