This week’s must-see shows: Lydia Ainsworth, Justin Timberlake and Gwar

Gwar Sure, Gwar had fire-dancer Slymenstra Hymen in the.


Sure, Gwar had fire-dancer Slymenstra Hymen in the band for many years, but it was still a surprise to find out that they’d brought on a female co-vocalist, Vulvatron, in the aftermath of leader Dave Brockie’s death earlier this year. In fact, it was a surprise they were continuing at all. (Blóthar, the original Beefcake the Mighty, is the other vocalist.)

Vulvatron is more than holding her own in the intergalactic shock rock band’s sacrilegious world of vulgarity, violence, gore and grossness. She’s mighty and empowered onstage, game for the fake-blood drenching and twisted sexual acts, and can give as good as she gets in interviews. 

When asked by Metal Injection who she slept with to get the gig, she said, “Vulvatron’s sexual prowess is far superior, and although I slept with the entire band and management at the same time, they were not able to keep up.” 

Don’t miss the openers: sludge metallers Corrosion of Conformity and party rockers American Sharks

Tuesday (December 9) at the Opera House (735 Queen East), 7 pm. $27.50.,

Lydia Ainsworth Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), Friday (December 5) See preview.

Professor H & the Bandits, Ghost Daze, Pins & Needles, Closed Circuit and Others Opera House (735 Queen East), Friday (December 5) All-ages extravaganza.

Death from Above 1979, Phantogram, Biblical Sound Academy (11 Polson), Friday (December 5) Dance-punk duo.

Flosstradamus, GTA, Two-9 Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Friday (December 5) Chicago DJs J2K and Autobot.

Greys, Odonis Odonis, Weaves, the Beverleys, Dilly Dally The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Saturday (December 6) See preview.

Soupcans, Teenanger, Mick Futures, Cellphone, Lids, New Fries S.H.I.B.G.B’S (225 Geary), Saturday (December 6) See preview.

Singing Out Jane Mallett Theatre (27 Front East), Saturday (December 6) Holiday show by T.O.’s LGBTQ+ choir.

Kim Stockwood, Ventanas, Devin Cuddy and Others Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Sunday (December 7) Riverdale Share holiday concert.

Cold Specks, Aroara Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Sunday (December 7) Bluesy folk-soul.

Blind Boys of Alabama Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe), Monday (December 8) Gospel Christmas show.

Al Tuck Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas West), Tuesday (December 9) Folk songwriter extraordinaire.

Justin Timberlake Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Wednesday (December 10) Pop star and actor.

The Hold Steady, Single Mothers Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Wednesday (December 10) Melodic indie rock.

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