If you're going to break up your band, the least you can do is give your fans advance warning so they can see you play one last time. It's been over a year since Alexisonfire announced they were calling it quits, and the St. Catharines band has decided to combine a 10th anniversary with a farewell tour. They touch down in Toronto for four days before their final show ever on December 30 at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton (chosen because it's the closest venue to their hometown).
Wednesday to Saturday (December 26 to 29) at Sound Academy (11 Polson), 7 pm. All ages. $40. LN.
MODERN SUPERSTITIONS, EGYPTRIXX, TRE MISSION, DJ AMY TRAPHOUSE
Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, December 20). Last Gang Records party.
JASON COLLETT'S BASEMENT REVUE
Great Hall (1087 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, December 20). Roots rock revue with secret guests.
The Piston (937 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, December 20). Feminist cock rock cover band.
GROUNDERS, DANGERBAND, KOKO BLUE, TOPANGA
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, December 20)
The Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday and Saturday (December 21 and 22). Toronto roots rock veterans.
WHITE COWBELL OKLAHOMA, THE MANVILS, TARANTUELA
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (December 21). Sleazy hard rock Xmas party.
THE WHITE WIRES, FIRST BASE, SAM COFFEY & THE IRON LUNGS, THE MESS
Parts & Labour (1566 Queen West), Friday (December 21). Ottawa power pop punk.
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, THE SOUL MOTIVATORS, MC K-SWIFT, TASC, FARBSIE FUNK, EVAN G and others
Revival (783 College), Friday (December 21)
ZEDS DEAD, UZ, EXETER
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Saturday (December 22)
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Saturday (December 22). LCD Soundsystem member DJ set.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX: NIGHT 1
w/ July Talk, Sandman Viper Command, the Beverleys and more
Drake Hotel (1150 Queen West), Wednesday (December 26)
CHRIS SHEPPARD, MC FLIPSIDE, MARK OLIVER, JOHN E, PETER "THE GREEK" IVALS, DR TRANCE, GRIMACE
Footwork (425 Adelaide), Wednesday (December 26). Retro rave party.