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NYE black-out rages aside, check out our indie events happening this week, from drawing circles to naughty spelling bees.

Toronto

Dec. 27-29, “Draw, Drink & Be Merry,” Fine Oak Art School, 254 Niagara Street, 2 pm, $40-$125

Meet and draw with other local artists of all skill levels at this laid-back three-day drawing class.

Dec. 28, “Art Battle,” The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, 7:30 pm, $10-15

This no-rules competitive painting event puts two artists in a cage in front of a live audience that gets to cheer, watch and vote on which painting is best.

Jan. 3, “Art Bar Team Reading Night,” Paupers Pub (Second Floor), 539 Bloor Street West

First-time readers will join the Art Bar Team in an open mic segment this week.

Jan. 6, “Toronto Strip Spelling Bee,” Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, 11 pm

Typical spelling bee but paired with a strip poker dare where contestants strip down if they get a word wrong.

London, Ontario

Dec. 30, “Dave Knill Open Mic Night,” APK Live, 340 Wellington Street, 9 am, Free

Take over the mic at APK Live and be part of an unpredictable night where rap battles, stories and poetry spontaneously take over the stage.

Halifax

Jan. 2, “Khyber Comic Jam,” Khyber Centre for the Arts, 1588 Barrington Street, 6 pm

Create your own comic book story at the monthly comic jam that meets the first Monday of every month.

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