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Live music picks for WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9 through TUESDAY DECEMBER 15, 2009.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9 / THE ANDY KIM CHRISTMAS SHOW / MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $25 / 19+
Rapidly becoming an annual tradition, ANDY KIM's Christmas benefit show sees a diverse mix of local musicians gather to play a mixture of holiday covers and original songs. This year features renowned Canadian musicians DIVINE BROWN, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, THE BEAUTIES and KIM MITCHELL. Expect to see a see a small army's worth of guest stars make appearances to raise funds for the Children's Aid Society.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 10 / W.S. WALCOTT'S RABBIT'S FOOT MINSTREL REVIEW: A TRIBUTE TO THE BAND / THE BOAT / 158 AUGUSTA AVE / $5 / 19+
Check out The Boat on Thursday night for a Torontonian take on the hits of THE BAND, featuring appearances from JASON COLLETT, as well as members of CUFF THE DUKE, BORN RUFFIANS, OHBIJOU, THE GOLDEN DOGS, ZEUS and many more. With admission setting you back a minimal $5, how can you say no to a night of nostalgia from some of Toronto's finest independent artists?
THURSDAY DECEMBER 10 / MONEEN / MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE ST / $15 / 19+
Brampton's MONEEN celebrate the holidays with an early show at the Mod Club on Thursday on the tail end of their Canadian headlining tour in support of The World I Want To Leave Behind, their fourth full-length and most ambitious and atmospheric effort to date. Joining Moneen are SIGHTS AND SOUNDS, featuring ANDREW NEUFELD of COMEBACK KID.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 11 / PETE ROCK / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $11.50 / ALL AGES
East Coast hip hop legend PETE ROCK headlines 'Bring It On Snow Gods,' a Burton Snowboards event celebrating the beginning of the 2010 ski and snowboard season. Also featuring rapper L.S. and prizes will be given away all night, with a chunk of the proceeds going towards the Chill Foundation.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 11 & SATURDAY DECEMBER 12 / CONSTANTINES / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR ST W / $20 / 19+
CONSTANTINES celebrate their tenth birthday with a pair of shows this weekend at Lee's Palace. They'll be joined by different support acts each night, with ATTACK IN BLACK and JOHN K. SAMSON of THE WEAKERTHANS opening on Friday and ONEIDA and METZ starting things off on Saturday night. They saved a third date for later in the month, where they will be joined by JULIE DOIRON and LADYHAWK.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 12 / ONEIDA / SONIC BOOM (IN-STORE) / 512 BLOOR ST W / FREE / ALL AGES
Psych-rockers ONEIDA will stop by Sonic Boom for a mid-afternoon in-store session. The Brooklyn quartet celebrated their tenth anniversary a few years ago, and will also be helping their friends the CONSTANTINES commemorate their anniversary on Saturday night at Lee's. ONEIDA are currently touring in support of Rated O, released by burgeoning indie label Jagjaguwar, where the band have launched their own imprint Brah Records. As always, the performance is free but a donation of a non-perishable food item is encouraged.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 12, SUNDAY DECEMBER 13 & MONDAY DECEMBER 14 / DO MAKE SAY THINK / ENWAVE THEATRE / 231 QUEENS QUAY W / $16 / ALL AGES
Canadian post-rockers DO MAKE SAY THINK celebrate the release of Outer Truths, a four-song, forty-two minute album filled with ambitious build-ups that sees the band further explore the realm of avant-garde jazz. DMST and BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE members CHARLES SPEARIN and OHAD BENCHETRIT (aka YEARS) will open with their own unique and experimental solo material on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Monday evening's show is a triple-header, featuring opening sets from both YEARS and SPEARIN'S HAPPINESS PROJECT, before culminating in a full DMST performance.
MONDAY DECEMBER 14 / HOLIDAY JAM FEAT. SAM ROBERTS, SARAH HARMER, & MORE / PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE ST / $39.50 / 19+
The Phoenix Concert Theatre plays host to HOLIDAY JAM, an all-acoustic benefit show for the SickKids Foundation that will feature a diverse array of musicians, performers and other surprise guests including KATHLEEN EDWARDS, SAM ROBERTS and SARAH HARMER. Established in 1972, the SickKids Foundation seeks funding for children's health research, education and care. Previous Holiday Jam events have featured appearances from THE TRAGICALLY HIP's GORD DOWNIE, BUCK 65, MATT MAYS and many more.
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