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Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

by Yasmine Shemesh In Hebrew, chutzpah means “brazen audacity.” As such, it’s fitting that the term would be the namesake…

BeatRoute’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday 08th, December 2016 / 10:07
By Team BeatRoute

VANCOUVER — Who says holiday shopping has to be stressful? Not us. We’ve got something for everyone on your list, from the music lover to the artisan to your free-spirited aunt who gets her cards read on the weekend. And, as always, lots of great gift ideas from talented local makers.

David Bowie Box Set

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A must-have for any Bowie fan, Who Can I Be Now? 1974 to 1976 contains THE GOUSTER, a previously unreleased album from 1974. The 13 LP Box Set is also accompanied by a beautiful 84-page book filled with rare photographs.

–Yasmine Shemesh

Shop Who Can I Be Now? 1974 to 1976 at

Run The Jewels Holiday Sweatshirt

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Three words: Run The Yules.


Shop the Run The Jewels Holiday Sweatshirt at

Ghost Mountain Supply Co.

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Delightfully simple, eerily captivating, with organic colour schemes supporting flourishes of the occult, folklore, and taxonomy, this pottery line by artisan Simone Littledale adds a witchy accent to any home.

–Sadie Vadnais

Shop Ghost Mountain Supply Co. at the Eastside Flea and online at

Rish Jewelry

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Handcrafted using metals, semi-precious gems, and mood stones, this line won’t fail to enchant. Find taxidermy alligator and snake eyes set into rings or, if your style is more subdued, crescent necklaces and raw crystal adorned pieces make for a subtle and stunning look.


Shop Rish Jewelry at the Eastside Flea and online at

Erin den Hartigh’s Porcelain Hands

Photo: Issha Marie

Vancouver-based artist Erin den Hartigh’s porcelain hand pendants are unsettling, beautiful, and so delicate that they stand alone as works of art. Inspired by hand-shaped earrings that Picasso gave to Frida Kahlo — referencing the South American folk tradition of gifting charms for healing — each hand is uniquely sculpted and carved from a ball of clay.


Shop Erin den Hartigh’s Porcelain Hands at Atelier St. George, in store and online at

Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Delicious Meals Made With Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen

Photo: Ryan Robert Miller

If you have a brother or sister that’s finally moving into their own place, maybe a recipe book that’s guaranteed to pair well with the other kind of greens might be a good way to inspire them to cook.

–Graeme Wiggins

Shop Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook at various stockists including Indigo, both in store and online at, and online at

East Van Jam

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Locally sourced, low sugar-ratio jams in a variety of cool flavours inspired by East Van characters. The kind of hip consumable that’s perfect for those minimalists you know and people who don’t need anything.


Shop East Van Jam at various stockists including Harvest Community Foods and East Café, and online at


Handmade in Vancouver and containing only natural ingredients such as organic raspberries and vanilla bean, these gourmet marshmallows are a treat for both the body and soul. Their Naughty or Nice Taste Box is the perfect seasonal indulgence, with flavours like Gingerbread and Apple Cider for those on the nice list, and Regifted Fruitcake and Yellow Snow for the naughty list.

–Christina Zimmer

Shop Goodmallows at various stockists including Good Acres Market and the Federal Store, and online at

El Patcha Embroidery

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Looking to give something unique this season? How about a patch made by hand on a vintage sewing machine? Check out the shop for cacti, avocado, and cowgirl embroidery or hit up a workshop to create your own customized design.


Shop El Patcha Embroidery online at

Draw Me a Lion

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From cards to calendars to holiday ornaments to tote bags — anyone can be an artist with all these fun things to colour in. Designed by local artist Lisa Cinar, these will be the most personalized gifts ever, or you can let your recipients create their own masterpieces.


Shop Draw Me A Lion online at

The Wild Bunch

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Step up your flower game a few notches this holiday season with the help of The Wild Bunch, your go-to for fresh and dried flowers and grab-n-go bouquets, wrapped in paper or pre-set in bottles. Can you ever go wrong with beautiful flowers?

–Prachi Kamble

Shop The Wild Bunch in studio at 7 East 7th Ave and at Birds & The Beets.


Photo: Courtesy of Woodlot

Spoil your special someone with earthily scented candles, soaps, home mists, and more. All items are locally-made by hand in small batches, using thoughtful ingredients and clean-burning coconut wax.


Shop Woodlot at various stockists including Le Marche St. George and Charlie & Lee, and online at

Strathcona Stockings

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Vancouver artist Ryley O’Byrne’s prints will blow your mind. She creates patterns on knee-highs and tights, taking inspiration from photographs of wild flowers, still life paintings, her own abstract oils, and Japanese woodblock prints. BRB, we’re off to get some for ourselves.


Shop Strathcona Stockings at various stockists including One of a Few and The Pleasant, and online at — use the discount code CANADA to get 20% off and free shipping for purchases in Canada.

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