Radar: My Chemical Romance, Goin' Steady, Skirt Chasers, 20/20/20, The Wooden Sky w/ Strand Of Oaks, Painted Lady Christmas Party with Kevin Hearn, Spooky Reuben, and more
SATURDAY DECEMBER 18TH
MUSIC | My Chemical Romance at Sound Academy
New Jersey's fave neo-pop/punk alt-rockers hit TO tonight with openers Dearly Beloved. About to celebrate 10 years together in 2011, My Chemical Romance is promoting their latest work, "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys," which is standing in good favour with music critics.
The Sound Academy (11 Polson Steet), 7PM $35.50
CLUBS | Goin' Steady at The Gladstone Hotel
One must not forget that Old Skool Rules! Thanks to the Goin' Steady crew for the reminder. Tonight's shindig will churn out vintage vibes from the '50s and '60s that will make you bop, twist, freak, crawl, or whatever your thing is. There will be visuals, as well, to take things to that extra sensory level. You wanna make this scene.
The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 10PM $5
MUSIC | TWM: Skirt Chasers at The ElMo
Dan Wolovick, booker for Rancho Relaxo's cooler musical lineups, brings us a 'best of 2010' at a different venue. This last blast will feature The Natural Shocks, an indie-pop trio; blues-drenched rockers, Black Devils Brigade; Pkew Pkew Pkew, and headlining the bill, curiously enough, is a duo - The Skirt Chasers. But word has it that they rock so hard you'd swear there's four of them! This is the go-to gig tonight if you want a glimpse at 2011's indie-rock up'n'comers.
El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 9PM $7
MUSIC | electroTO's Producing For Presents EP Release Party
Tonight's talent-loaded bill will be donating all proceeds to the Hart House Hospice's Christmas gift drive for those less fortunate. There's also an EP available that will be directing funds towards this cause, too. Tonight's musical benefactors, donating their tones, time and talent are locals Rynecologist, Meech, Meati, John Roman, Poupon, and more.
Wrongbar (1279 Queen Stree West), 10:30PM $10
CLUBS | 20/20/20
The Junction is the place to be for some "now" sounds with a badass lineup of DJs. DJ Vision (from CKLN, iNSiDEaMiND), M-CHAN (Straight No Chaser), and DJ Public Relations (Totally Spun) round out what will make for a night of sweet sounds and grooves to remember.
Margret (2952 Dundas Street West), 10PM FREE
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SUNDAY DECEMBER 19TH
MUSIC | The Wooden Sky w/ Strand of Oaks at The Music Gallery
Tonight has the first of what is hoped will be an Annual Holiday Revue at The Music Gallery. Strand Of Oaks will be making their way from Philly, PA to play for us, and local favourites The Wooden Sky will do their awesome thing, as well. It's a feel-good evening of music with all proceeds being donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
The Music Gallery (197 John Street), 7:30PM $25
MUSIC | Painted Lady Christmas Party with Kevin Hearn, Sppoky Reuben, and More
Tonight there's a very special Xmas gig with a stellar lineup that will truly put the "jolly" in your season. Top of the marquee goes to both BNL's Kevin Hearn, and Spooky Reuben, but there are many more like Big Rude Jake, Peirson Ross, Great Bob Scott to be enjoyed.
The Painted Lady (218 Ossington Avenue), 8PM $15
ART | The Wandering Winter Craft Show - Finale!
This is your last call to join Toronto's "Lollapalooza" of craft shows. The WWCS has 'toured' the downtown core over the course of three successive weekends, and this is the last for this year. There will be artisans from all walks of life selling jewelery, paper goods, clothing, and more. You might just get that elusive gift for that hard-to-buy-for-person on your list. Definitely worth checking.
The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 11AM
CULTURE | Vigil Against the Criminal Justice System
Fight the power!.... if you are so inclined. The Community Solidarity Network has organized a vigil this evening to protest the violence they claim was perpetrated upon Toronto citizens during the G20 summit back in June. If you have a similar beef, you might be in good company tonight.
Old City Hall (in front) (60 Queen Street West), 6PM FREE
MUSIC | SW Presents: The Scarborough Steisand Holiday Classic
Steve Ward is one of Toronto's more happening trombone players, being on the hipper side of things, incorporating electronics like delay lines, and self-sampling on his iPhone, with is always sitting at the ready on his music stand. Well known for his work with more mainstream acts like Caribou and The Minotaurs, Ward is also a tireless curator and promoter of live improv-oriented events around the city. Tonight he has put together an interesting bill with "The Scarborough Streisand Holiday Classic": a guitar/sax/drums trio, plus a trio he will be playing in, with two woodwinds for a twisted 'chamber vibe'. Dig it.
Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 10:30PM PWYC
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