Arraymusic Studio (60 Atlantic), tonight (Thursday, December 6)
The Toronto debut of Chicago improv quartet threat the Engines - featuring Vandermark Five saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Tim Daisy along with Powerhouse Sound bassist Nate McBride and trombonist Jeb Bishop - should be a thriller. Be there.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (December 7)
We can't think of any better way to get the Horseshoe's 60th anniversary celebrations off to a rousing, brew-hoisting start than the Windy City's Waco Brothers, led by the always entertaining Jon Langford. Cheers!
Jose Gonzalez, Cass McCombs
Mod Club (722 College), Friday (December 7)
Sensitive, soft-spoken singer/songwriters like Jose Gonzalez and Cass McCombs are all the rage at the moment, so if you don't have a ticket for this Mod Club gig, get yourself over to Sonic Boom (512 Bloor West) for Gonzalez's 6:30 pm in-store appearance.
We Are Wolves
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (December 8)
Find out why this explosive post-punk threesome is one of the hottest bands in Montreal at the moment when they blast out the synth-tweaked tunes from their fab Total Magique disc at Lee's Palace.
Alpha Yaya Diallo
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), Sunday (December 9)
Guinean guitar great Alpha Yaya Diallo promises to melt the snow off the Lula Lounge roof with his sizzling hot West African fusion. Sweaters optional.
Andy Kim Christmas Concert
Mod Club (722 College), Wednesday (December 12)
If Canuck hitmaker Andy Kim is back in town for his annual celebrity-stacked party, you know the holiday season is upon us. Sharing the good cheer with Kim at this year's event will be OLP's Raine Maida along with Ron Sexsmith and Larry Gowan.