Jamaica To Toronto
Mod Club (722 College), tonight (Thursday, December 13)
You know you're in for a show when soul thriller Jay Douglas gets down with his fellow Toronto R&B scene greats. But get there early for the Elizabeth Shepherd Trio's opening set.
Music Gallery (197 John), tonight (Thursday, December 13)
Film auteur Vincent Gallo (of Brown Bunny infamy) threatens to revolutionize music as we know it with his RRIICCEE project, involving Hole's Eric Erlandson. Watch in amazement as they compose songs before your very eyes -- almost like a jam band. Oooh!
Do Right! Holiday Jam
Supermarket (268 Augusta), Friday (December 14)
Get the holiday season off to a swinging start with the jazzy Do Right! Holiday Jam, boasting a DJ set by Ben Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77) and a set by the Elizabeth Shepherd Quartet.
Bobby Rush, Honeyboy Edwards
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Sunday (December 16)
Even with just a solo appearance by chitlin circuit star Bobby Rush, this Hugh's Room show would be a must-see event. Add Delta blues legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards to the bill and you've got the blues night of the year.
Alexisonfire, Anti-Flag, Saosin, the Bled
Arrow Hall (6900 Airport Road), Sunday (December 16)
It's a punk rock free-for-all on the airport strip as St. Catharines' favourite sons Alexisonfire throw down with Anti-Flag while Saosin and the Bled take notes.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Wednesday (December 19)
Sure, the twang-free solo recordings of Old 97's main man Rhett Miller haven't exactly lit up the pop charts. He's got a new album due soon, though, so this will be your chance to find out if he can turn things around in 2008. Hey, anything's possible.