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January is often the doldrums of live music, but thankfully Dan Burke’s “class of” series has stepped in the last handful of years to fill the void. The series presents sprawling bills full of rising or soon-to-rise Canadian indie acts.
The five Class of 2019 shows feature everything from raucous garage to bouncy art punk, creeping post-punk and twangy country-rock – full groups, solo acts, one-person bands, some glammy and decadent, some masked and anonymous.
The first goes down January 5 at Monarch Tavern, with Orville Peck, Gloin, Nikki Fierce, The Effens and Weak Hands.
The series moves to the Horseshoe on January 11 for an upbeat show with Paul Jacobs, Mother Tongues, Komodo, Pacer and Blankscreen.
Lee’s Palace gets the January 18 show, which brings Blue Sky Miners, Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies, Dan Edmonds and Katie McBride.
Then it’s back to the Monarch on January 25 with Ellis, Sorry Girls, For Jane and Rapport.
And finally, January 26 at the Horseshoe: Little Junior, Good Kid, NOBRO, Wine Lips and Pretty Matty.
January 5 to 26 at various venues. $10.50. eventbrite.ca.
Germaine Liu, Sarah Hennies at Canadian Music Centre Separate and collaborative performance. 7:30 pm. $10-$20. musiccentre.ca. December 6.
Paul Jago Unearths The Gandharvas at Smiling Buddha One night of exclusively music released by The Gandharvas. Doors 8 pm. $20. eventbrite.ca. December 7.
The Lovely Feathers, DJs Paul Johnson and Adam Beck at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $10. December 11.
Jeen, SlowPitchSound, Blimp Rock at The Baby G Wavelength Holiday Music x Comedy Fundraiser for Unison Fund. Doors 8 pm. $10-$15. showclix.com. December 12.
More Or Les, Swamp Thing, Wordburglar at Handlebar $5. December 13.
The Art Of Time Ensemble: To All A Good Night 4 at Harbourfront Centre 8 pm. $25-$64, arts worker $25, under 30/stu $15. harbourfrontcentre.com. December 13-15.
CMDWN at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. Tickets start at $25. ticketweb.ca. December 18.
Camelphat, Simon Jain, Kevin Faria at CODA 10 pm. $30-$40. codatoronto.electrostub.com. December 29.
Class of 2019: Orville Peck, Ellis, The Effens, Little Junior, Nikki Fierce, Weak Hands and others at various venues $10.50. eventbrite.ca. January 5.
21C Festival: Terry Riley, Stewart Goodyear, Continuum, Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble, Esprit Orchestra and others at Koerner Hall $21-$90, festival pass $149-$179. performance.rcmusic.ca. January 16-20.
Luttrell at Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $19.29. ticketweb.ca. January 25.
Honors, Fjord at Mod Club doors 8 pm. $20. On sale November 23. ticketmaster.ca. January 25.
Winner at Sony Centre doors 6 pm, all ages. $85-$195. ticketmaster.ca. January 27.
Mick Jenkins at Mod Club doors 8 pm, all ages. Tickets start at $22. ticketweb.ca. January 27.
The Longest Road Show: Terra Lightfoot, Lindi Ortega, Begonia at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 6 pm, all ages. $29.50-$40. On sale November 23. ticketmaster.ca. February 9.
Brasstracks at The Garrison doors 6:30 pm. $25. ticketmaster.ca. February 9.
Robert DeLong at Velvet Underground doors 7:30 pm. $27. ticketweb.ca. February 10.
Current Joys, Gap Girls at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $16.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 17.
DANILEIGH at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $19.50. On sale November 23. ticketmaster.ca. February 20.
iskwē at Mod Club 8 pm. $19.50. On sale November 23. masseyhall.com. February 23.
Greyson Chance at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $15-$50. On sale November 23. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. March 2.
Set It Off at Mod Club doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. March 6.
Too Many Zooz, Five Alarm Funk at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $38. ticketmaster.ca. March 9.
Kodie Shane at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $20. ticketmaster.ca. March 9.
Daughters, Blanck Mass at Lee’s Palace doors 7 pm. $10. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. March 10.
The Black Queen, Uniform, SRSQ at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm. $23.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. March 13.
Sid Sriram at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $20. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 20.
The Interrupters at Danforth Music Hall doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $35-$47. ticketmaster.ca. March 22.
Mansionair at Mod Club doors 7:30 pm. $25. ticketweb.ca. March 26.
Choker at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $15. ticketmaster.ca. March 30.
Hayes Carll at Mod Club doors 7:30 pm. $22. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. April 1.
Lil Mosey at Mod Club doors 8 pm, all ages. Tickets start at $28. ticketweb.ca. April 2.
Lady Lamb at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $16. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 12.
Acid Mothers Temple, yoo doo right at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $16.50. ticketfly.com. April 16.
Girlpool, Hatchie at Longboat Hall doors 8 pm. $17.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. April 20.
Michael Bublé at Scotiabank Arena Second show added. 8 pm, all ages. $111-$617. ticketmaster.ca. July 26 and 27.