Friends With Benefits
• NOW Lounge (189 Church), tonight (Thursday, December 22)
Worried you've been more naughty than nice this year? Boost your karma by helping out the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs while listening to tunes by Matthew Barber, Tanisha Taitt, Rebecca Campbell and more.
Tamara Williamson's 10th annual holiday show
• Rivoli (332 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, December 22)
What could be more festive than hanging out with Tamara Williamson and her friends Seán Cullen, Mia Sheard, Kurt Swinghammer, Bob Snider, Great Lake Swimmers, Lily Frost and others as they deck the halls at the Rivoli? Gay apparel optional.
Merry Grinchmas showcase
• Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, December 22)
Overloaded with Xmas cheer? Why not take it down a notch with Nick Flanagan's and Dan Burke's bah humbug hoedown featuring the Diableros, the Uncut, Laura Barrett and comedy.
Skydiggers, Cash Brothers
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (December 23)
Beard-folk alert! The Skydiggers and their Cash Brothers buddies help ensure that Torontonians receive their proper roots quota this holiday season.
Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), Friday (December 23) The strategically relocated Lion of Zimbabwe makes the long trek from Eugene, Oregon, to turn up the political heat at the El Mo.
Warren Chiasson's All-Stars
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), Wednesday (December 28)
Canuck mallet maestro Warren Chiasson proves why he's among the greatest jazz vibraphonists of the last half-century with an all-star band of local jazz aces.