Radar: The Carnegie Hall Show, Jesus and Mary Chainmas, Party for a Goat, Skindred at Lee's Palace
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Events on Toronto's Radar for WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.
COMEDY | Carnegie Hall Comes A-Wassailing
The concept behind the Carnegie Hall show has always confused me, and I'm not sure if they are trying to be clever or if I'm just dense. Each week the troupe of comedians recreate "the greatest improvised scenes of all time, made up from scratch right before your eyes." Clear as mud, I say. What I do know is that tonight's holiday show will be replete with some great talent including This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Whose Line Is It Anyway's Colin Mochrie, Little Mosque on the Prairie's Debra McGrath and Cleopatra Williams and the Carnegie Hall Show Dancers.
Bread and Circus, 299 Augusta Ave., PWYC, 9 pm
TRIBUTE CONCERT | 4th Annual Jesus and Chainmas
Legendary local crazy person/promoter Dan Burke and Disraelis frontman Cameron Ingles curate this tribute to one of the 1980's most influential and loudest bands. Local musicians including members of the Hoa Hoa's, the Easy Targets, and the Disraelis will be playing Jesus and Mary Chain's hits all night long, although hopefully will not be recreating J&MC's atonal sonic assaults which often caused audiences to riot.
The Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W., 8:40 pm - 11:40 pm
MUSIC | Skindred at Lee's Palace
Skindred is a Welsh reggae/metal band, which is a genre akin to two cats having sex; you're curious to see it but not sure you'll like how it sounds. The politically inclined band first made headway on the international scene in the late 1990s and cracked the Billboard charts with their 2002 release Babylon. The band is on a huge tour right now that is taking them across North America and Europe and tonight is their only Canadian date. Mudmen and Russian Roulette open.
Lee's Palace, $18.50 advance, $20 door, 8:30 pm
FUNDRAISER | Party for a Goat
This party for a cause seeks to raise money to buy an impoverished family a goat. The concept behind World Vision's program is that in poor regions of the world goats can be a huge asset for a family, providing milk, food, fertilizer and income for those in need. DJ Matt Medley of Strangelove's Dance Like You Fuck and Adam and Art of FoulHouse will get you in the mood to dance. Be sure to raise a glass to the little critters who will one day make the ultimate sacrifice for a needy family.
The Social, 1100 Queen St. W., $2 after 9 pm, 8 pm - 2 am
MUSIC | Owel Five and Corboe at the Rancho Relaxo
The Rancho Relaxo finishes out the year with 2009's final installment of their successful Wednesday night PWYC concert series. It's an eclectic bill topped by local hip-hop duo Owel Five and Corboe, and rounded out by pop songstress Smugshot and electro-pop provocateurs the Peace Leeches. The little club that could has built a reputation for solid live shows from as-yet-unheralded bands, so here's hoping PWYC Wednesdays return to support local talent in 2010.
Rancho Relaxo, 300 College St., PWYC, 9 pm
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