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Happy New Year! I'm probably gonna celebrate it at the Tranzac Club, as no doubt some of you will too. Since there's just so much going on Wednesday night, I've skipped it in this week's listings. There's very little happening on the 1st, so take the night off to recover. But otherwise there are some good shows on this week. Monday you can catch Slim Twig and Hooded Fang as part of a stacked and diverse indie bill at the Drake Underground. On Friday I'll be at Rancho Relaxo for the return (to Toronto) of Ottawa's Amos the Transparent. Weee! Saturday... so many options. And Sunday, Muskox at Tranzac (early) followed by Wavelength at Sneaky Dee's, or Gather Round at the Boat. For weirder stuff, start at Somewhere There, then head to Tranzac for the late show.
MONDAY (29 dec)
The Strangeboys @ 10:30 and Cosmic Granola @ 9:00. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $6.
* Elvis Monday presents What's In The Box (night 4) feat. Slim Twig, Brides, Hooded Fang, The Elwins, and Steve Singh @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.
Rattlesnake Choir (residency) @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, free.
Panic Density feat. Maybe Not @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.
Bryan Arcand (residency) w/ William the Conqueror @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 9:30pm, pwyc.
Chad Michael Stewart, Hue, and Vacuity @ Supermarket, 9pm, $7.
TUESDAY (30 dec)
Julian Fauth and Jake Chisholm (residency) @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 4-7pm, pwyc.
The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Tree Star @ 11:40, Quiet Center @ 10:50, The Matthews Brothers @ 10:00, and Sound Foundation @ 9:10. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.
The Pink & Black Attack presents Bathurst Queens (drag queens sing hardcore) and The Bag Ladies @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, free.
Paul Linklater & His Murmurers (residency) @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 7-9pm, pwyc.
Paul Gellman Band w/ Frank Patrick, Shira Gellman, and Gary Craig @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm.
CaMp CoMbO @ The Local, 9pm, pwyc.
Alexandra Ribera & band (residency) @ The Cameron House (Front Room), 10pm, free.
Mutek presents What's In The Box (night 5) feat. The Mole, Nosaj Thing, Knowing Looks, Noah Fred, and Vincent Lemieux @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.
The Effens and Echolalias @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9:30pm, $5.
Flatland and Ris @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8pm, $5.
Moon Dog's Birthday feat. The Blue Demons, Oscar B, the Outbred Inlaws, and The Screamagers @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $8.
WEDNESDAY (31 dec)
There are NYE parties everywhere. I'll hopefully be at The Tranzac Club.
THURSDAY (1 jan)
Ancient Chinese Secret (residency) @ The Cadillac Lounge, 7:30pm, free.
Damien Drea (from Vesta Varro) w/ Distance Between Stars @ Rok Boutique, 9pm, $6.
FRIDAY (2 jan)
David Woodhead & Friends (residency) @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7:30pm, pwyc.
Killowat @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 8-10pm, free.
Soles Mojo, Jon Travis, Rex Bausnit, Harrison Fine, and Sohayla Mojtahedi @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, pwyc.
The Woodshed Orchestra @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Mother Murder, Reverse Mount Rushmore (members of The Harold Wartooth), Epigram, and Videotape @ The Silver Dollar, Room, 9pm, $5?
* Room Party feat. CAFF and Marienbad @ The Boat, 10pm, $5.
Baptized in Blood and Del Asher w/ Vania @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.
Lazer Sword, Alias, and Egyptrixx @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 10pm, $5.
Leftover Daylight Series (residency) @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.
* TWM 32 feat. Amos the Transparent, Whale Tooth, and Bellewoods @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $7. YES!
Burn Down the Capital presents White/Light, Knurl, Heavy Water, and tba @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $7.
The Elastocitizens @ 11:45, Jason Ford Band @ 10:30, and Tiny Danza @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $10.
Roman Dane @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $10.
The Nohawks @ 12:30, Endsville @ 11:30, Black Rainbows @ 10:30, and tba @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $6.
Make Your Exit, Michou, and We Are the Take @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 9pm, $tba.
The Strip, Diana Catherine & the Thrusty Tweeters, and The Last True Gentlemen @ El Mocambo (Upstairs), 9pm, $8. All proceeds to Sick Kids Foundation.
Lucas Stagg Band @ The Cadillac Lounge, 9pm.
Blood Runs Cold and guests @ Rok Boutique.
Oliver Piggot @ The Cameron House (Back Room), 9:30pm.
SATURDAY (3 jan)
Jay Clarke & the Jones @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 4pm, pwyc.
Cadillac Ranch Country Matinee feat. tba @ Cadillac Lounge, 4-7pm.
Rekha Patel, Laura Sales @ Free Times Cafe, 8:30pm.
Pocket Quintet @ Tequila Bookworm, 9pm, pwyc.
Tundra Fun, Ory Noman, and The Strip @ Mitzi's Sister, 9:30pm, pwyc.
Willow Rutherford (residency) and tba @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 6pm, pwyc.
* JJ Ipsen, Jessie Kussin, and Lisa Bozikovic @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
The Flying Bordelos (2 sets) @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 9pm, pwyc.
Jeffrey Brothers and Gracefield @ Rok Boutique, 9pm.
$100 (duet, Simone and Ian), Brodie Dakin & the Runaway Catholics, R. Mirsky , and more @ The Cameron House, 9pm, $5.
Ketch Harbour Wolves, Kiss the Messenger, and tba @ El Mocambo (First Floor), 8pm, $5. KHW gets my vote.
TWM presents The Paint Movement, Bitter City, Cam Malcolm & the Owls, and Matthew de Zoete @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
Tenth Planet and Sunlit Ambush @ The Bovine Sex Club, 9pm, $5.
William Delray & the Sexy Moving Parts, Shawn Clarke, and more @ Smiling Buddha Bar, 9pm, $5.
* Catl and The Speaking Tongues @ The Dakota Tavern, 10pm, $5. Yahoo!
Mass Conception @ 12:30, Tennfold @ 11:30, Harm @ 10:30, and Purge @ 9:30. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $6.
Job Cain @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6. Standards and originals by Jay Hay and Jeremy Strachan (woodwinds), Aaron Lumley (bass), and Gregg Brennan (drums).
tba @ 12:30, The Entropy @ 11:30, The Deaf Children @ 10:30, and tba @ 9:30. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $6.
* Hexes & Ohs, Hut, Still Life Still, and Our History of Cowboys @ The Silver Dollar Room, 9pm, $7.
* Blood Ceremony, Lullabye Arkestra, The Saffron Sect, Keef, and Wyrd Visions @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $7.
Abstract Thought Event Promotions presents The Phone Booth Criminals, Second Hand Band, St. George Circus, and tba @ The Savannah Room, 7:30pm, $7. All ages.
No Official Capacity presents Cauldron, Bastardator, King, and Demonthrone @ The Black Swan Tavern, 8pm, $10. All ages.
Sensoria 3 feat. Machinedrum, Egyptrixx, C.O.I., Invisibling, Brontron, and Law.to, w/ other stuff @ Augusta House, 10pm, $10 (or $8 for groups of three or more).
George Casey Band @ The Mod Club, 10pm, $10 (or free w/ guestlist). Message the band for a guestlist spot.
Hotboxx presents Ryan Barwick & the Small Town, Fridays Karma, Opal Blue, Carly Malone Smith, Lucas Hunter, Bluespoon, and Strange Audio @ The Rivoli, 7pm, $10.
SUNDAY (4 jan)
Les Singes Bleus @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 1pm, pwyc.
* Muskox @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 5pm, pwyc.
Michael Brennan, Steve Briggs, and Rob Clark (residency) @ Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 4-7pm, pwyc.
John Borra & Sam Ferrara (residency) @ The Communist's Daughter, 5pm, pwyc.
Sheba @ Free Times Cafe, 8pm, free.
* The Woodchoppers Association @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc. Odd, but in a good way.
* Wavelength 444 feat. The Owle Bird and Chris Yang @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, pwyc.
* Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co. and Dave Schoonderbeek @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.
Christine Duncan's Element Choir @ Somewhere There, 6-8pm, $6. Ouff, this is so bizarre, but it might blow your mind.
NOW Series: Ken Aldcroft (solo) and Bedoukian/Bora/Zurawinski @ Somewhere There, 8-10pm, $6.