The Jane Waynes
Clinton's (693 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, December 16)
Prepare to shed more than a few tears in your beer when Toronto's favourite gender-bending country queers play a farewell hoedown for their nearest and dearest at Clinton's.
Alexisonfire, Planet Smashers, Sleeper Set Sail
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Friday (December 17)
Fast-rising St. Catharines hotshots Alexisonfire will likely be upgrading to the ACC before long, so watch them kick out the jams at the relatively intimate Kool Haus while you still can.
Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor West), Friday (December 17)
The Metric siren and woman with the finest cheekbones in indie rock shows off her solo mettle (but not metal) when she previews piano-tinkling tunes from her upcoming disc.
Howie Beck, John Southworth
Rivoli (332 Queen West), Saturday (December 18)
Master of melancholic tunesmithery Howie Beck may have been overlooked by fans at La Feist's forbidding Phoenix gig a few weeks back, but he's sure to shine in the more intimate Riv.
Mod Club (722 College), Saturday and Sunday (December 18 and 19)
Hopeless romantics and dreamy pop posse Stars solicit recruits for the soft revolution during a two-night stand at the Mod Club that's sure to dazzle.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Monday and Tuesday (December 20 and 21)
Get in the holiday spirit with hometown heroes the Barenaked Ladies as they deck the Massey Hall for two frolic-filled nights of seasonal shenanigans.
Mike O'Neill, Dinner Is Ruined, Scribbled Out Man, Kelele Bros
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Wednesday (December 22)
Start-up Web label Zunior showcases a stellar stable including ex-Inbreds frontman Mike O'Neill presenting songs from his fab new recording The Owl with a full band.