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Check out sexy spelling bees, writing groups and poetry slams across Canada during the busiest holiday week of the year.

Toronto

Dec. 22, “OUTwrites,” 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, 8 pm

If you’re looking for a place to flex your literary muscles, this LGBT writing group might be right up your alley.

Dec. 23, “Poetry Slam,” Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, 7 pm, $5

This Toronto Poetry Slam spoken word competition features Detroiter Deonte Osayande of the 2011 Detroit Slam Team. There is also an open mic available for writers and poets.

Montreal

Strip Spelling Bee, 3997 St-Laurent Blvd.,  8:30 pm, $10

A special holiday version of Montreal’s infamous strip spelling bee is on this Wednesday, where brains and all forms of beauty are cheered on. Come one, come all!

Vancouver

Dec. 20, “Occupy Love: An Evening with Velcrow Ripper & Ian MacKenzie,” W2 Media Café, 111 West Hastings Street, 6:30 pm

This screening of short films  around the Occupy Movement, followed by a discussion, is sure to captivate as well as contextualize current protest culture.

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