Justin Rutledge, Jim Bryson
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, December 21)
NOWs best T.O. songwriter in 06, Justin Rutledge steps out of Jim Cuddys shadow for a smokin holiday warm-up concert at the Shoe and brings Ottawa roots-rock moper Jim Bryson along for the ride.
Lupe Fiasco, Shad K, the Reason, the Carps
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), tonight (Thursday, December 21)
Kanye West protege Lupe Fiasco brings some Chicago fire to the Phoenix. Get there early enough to check out strumming rhymer Shad K.
Hugh´s Room (2261 Dundas West), Thursday-Saturday (December 21-23)
Get in the giving spirit with singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith, whose three-night stand at Hughs Room doubles as a fundraiser for World Vision.
Jenny Whiteley's Xmas Party
Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen West), Saturday (December 23)
Crazy Strings star Jenny Whiteley makes her triumphant return to Parkdale with some famous friends for a country Christmas booze-up to remember. See feature, page 52.
The Backstabbers, Rattlesnake Choir, Tad Fey
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (December 23)
Not to be outdone by Jenny Whiteley, Colonel Tom and his superlative Backstabbers Country Stringband pull out all the stops for their holiday hoedown with John Borras Rattlesnake Choir and mystery guest Tad Fey, who looks an awful lot like Cake from Rent-A-Goalie. See feature, page 53.
Liz Powell, Woodhands, Pawa Up, Foxfire Forest
Drake (1150 Queen West), Tuesday (December 26)
If the thought of battling Boxing Day hordes looking to cash in their gift certificates makes you cringe, why not spend your evening-after-Christmas in indie rock heaven with Land of Talks Liz Powell, synth-pop sweethearts Woodhands and others?