St. Nick’s Merry Grinchmas Party
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, December 20)
Need respite from all that holiday cheer? Dan Burke and Nick Flanagan’s annual Merry Grinchmas event, with Slim Twig, the Ancestors, Bludwash, Action Mob, Burning and other rock ’n’ roll bah-humbuggers should set you straight. Expect some noel-noir humour to go with the pah-rum-pah-pum-pummelling.
Danko Jones, C’mon
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, December 20)
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern’s 60th anniversary celebrations keep going strong with a rare return appearance by Danko Jones (who hilariously claimed they were from Detroit at their first ’Shoe gig), with C’mon raising the high-volume stakes. Should be a blast.
A Very Foggy Christmas
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (December 21)
The Foggy Hogtown Boys’ second annual twangy seasonal soiree, A Very Foggy Christmas will be an especially memorable event thanks to special guests like the Sadies’ Dallas Good, the Sidemen’s Paul Reddick, the Backstabbers’ Tony Allen as “Fiddlin’ Santa” and Oh Susanna. Bring a non-perishable food donation and save $5 on the cover for this fab roots bash.
Mindbender’s Hiphop Christmas
Cameron House (408 Queen West), Friday (December 21)
What better way to celebrate the season than with a little Christmas rapping? Join Mindbender, aka NOW’s Addi Stewart, with his pals Alex Dimez, 9th Uno and DJ Shortcut for a cool yule throwdown at the Cameron, y’all.
The Twelfth Xmas Benefit
Rivoli (332 Queen West), Saturday (December 22), 9 pm (doors 8 pm)
This charity event for Amnesty International and the Daily Bread Food Bank always sells out quick, so be sure to arrive early. This year’s show, hosted by Mia Sheard, includes Ron Sexsmith, Justin Rutledge, Spookey Reuben, Lori Cullen, Dave Bidini and Sarah Harmer.