SantArchy

IMG_20141213_120315If you picked up December’s issue of Link, you probably read Mitchell Flann’s story about SantArchy – the annual “parade” of unruly Santas that take the streets of Vancouver by storm every year on Dec. 13th.

Filling pubs, riding the sky train, handing out candies or engaging in public spankings they’re a spectacle to behold – one part art, one part mayhem, one part drunk.

Wearing one of his many other hats, Link editor Simon Little had a chance on assignment with CKNW to catch up with these naughty St. Nicks while they- uh, ‘powered up’ at St. Augustine’s pub before taking to the streets. Listen in to hear what it’s all about!

Find out more about these characters at SantArchy.ca

Before turning to journalism, Simon dabbled in many things. He earned an honours degree in political science, and still treats elections as if they’re the playoffs. He nearly started a brewery, and remains a committed beer geek with a well-stocked cellar of vintage brews. He was a cycling activist, who co-founded East Van Bike Polo and once pedalled from Amsterdam to Istanbul. He was (okay, still is) a big ol' nerd who loves pulp film and science fiction. Now, he writes about these things and others. And he's committed to bringing you one fine magazine all year long.

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