Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, December 7)
The annual Merry Mexmas estravanganza is always one of the concert highlights of the holiday season, so head down to the 'Shoe and get your jingle on with the great El Vez.
Jewish Legend, Woolly Leaves, Prince Nifty, Sebastian Grainger
Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick), tonight (Thursday, December 7)
Tangiers is on hold, but frontman Josh Reichmann is pushing ahead with his intriguing new Jewish Legend project. Not to be outdone, DFA1979's Sebastien Grainger will also unveil his new solo work . See feature, page 69.
Zombi, Lullabye Arkestra, Maserati, Disguises
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), Friday (December 8)
Prog rock or hipster metal? Find out when the pulverizing Pittsburgh duo of Zombi's Steve Moore and AE Paterra set their synths on "destroy for a Sneaky Dee's blowout to remember.
Los Van Van, Café Cubano
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Saturday (December 9)
It's not often that Juan Formell flies his fabulous 17-piece Cuban dance band, Los Van Van, up from Havana, so this might be your best chance to see the cooking combo in action.
Alex Pangman CD release party
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), Tuesday (December 12)
If you missed the El Vez show, this release party for Alex Pangman's wonderful new Christmas Gift CD should get you in the holiday swing of things . See feature, page 72.
Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts, Matt Mays, Buck 65 and more
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday (December 13), 7 pm
It's a stacked lineup for the Holiday Jam benefit concert for Sick Kids Hospital, with the novel twist being that everyone will be performing acoustically. Hopefully, someone told Buck 65 to leave the turntables at home. See feature, page 68.