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How to find a list­ing Mu­sic list­ings ap­pear by day, then by genre, then al­pha­bet­i­cally by venue. Venue ad­dresses and con­tact info at now­

Crit­ics’ pick (highly rec­om­mended) Queer night F = Fes­tive event How to place a list­ing All list­ings are free. Use the event sub­mis­sion form at now­ In­clude artist/band name(s), mu­sic genre, event name (if any), date & time, venue name & ad­dress, ticket price and box of­fice/info phone num­ber or web­site. List­ings will be edited for space and style. Dead­line is the Thurs­day be­fore pub­li­ca­tion at 5 pm. To sub­mit a cor­rec­tion to an ex­ist­ing list­ing, email: fix­[email protected]­

Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13 POP/ROCK/HIP-HOP/SOUL

BOVINE SEX CLUB Dick or No Dick doors 9 pm. CADIL­LAC LOUNGE Siggi and Melanie Frade (funk/soul/bossa nova), 8:30 pm.

DAN­FORTH MU­SIC HALL Stars, My Bright­est ñ Di­a­mond doors 7 pm. GROSS­MAN’S TAV­ERN Feed­back (blues), 9 pm.

HAN­DLE­BAR More Or Les, Swamp Thing ñ

& Word­bur­glar (un­der­ground hip-hop), 9 pm. HORSE­SHOE Or­gan Thieves, Jo Sny­der, United Snakes, Sun­shine Mak­ers Fundraiser for Story Book Farms Pri­mate Sanc­tu­ary, doors 8 pm. LEE’S PALACE Live An­i­mals, Gen­er­a­tion Zero, Out Of Reach, El­lis In Tran­sit doors 8 pm. F OPERA HOUSE A Luche Li­bre Christ­mas Show 5 fes­tive fights and a per­for­mance by Po­lar­ity, doors 7 pm. F THE PAINTED LADY Bru­tus Be­gins & Simeon Ross Sea­sonal songs & sto­ries, 8 pm.


Sam Cof­fey & The Iron Lungs, DBoy The Josie Dye Show’s Hol­i­day Sock Drop, 7 pm. RIVOLI MAWZY, Side Hus­tle, Lenny Bull (psych-pop), EP re­lease, 8:30 pm.

ROYAL CIN­EMA Bal­boa Plays the Mu­sic of Rocky rock & roll band play­ing songs from the Rocky sound­track, doors 8:30 pm. SNEAKY DEE’S Steezy Knicks, Bas­ket­ball Knees, Bad News Bois & The Sad Sads 8 pm. TRAN­ZAC Col­lette Savard & the Sa­vants 10 pm. FOLK/BLUES/COUN­TRY/WORLD

F BUR­DOCK The Lesters Hol­i­day Show (folk/ pop), doors 9 pm.

ñ F DAKOTA TAV­ERN A Very Foggy Christ­mas: The Foggy Hog­town Boys blue­grass Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion, 7-9 pm. DROM TABERNA Ju­nior Diaz and Mari Pal­hares (Forro mu­sic from North Eastern Brasil), 9 pm.

GIN MILL Cold Weather Cap­tains (folky blue­grass), 8 pm. F HUGH’S ROOM LIVE A Bluesy Christ­mas Danny Marks, Crys­tal Shawanda & DeWayne Stro­bel, Ch­eryl Lescom, Quisha Wint, and Ju­lian Fauth, 8:30 pm. LE­GENDS Thurs­day Night Open Mic singer­song­writer jam, 8 pm. LINS­MORE TAV­ERN Rain­dogs (blues/rock/cov­ers), 8 pm.

THE LO­CAL PUB Fethi Nad­jem and Kobena Aquaa-Har­ri­son (Al­ge­ria meets Ghana mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal), 9 pm. PAU­PER’S PUB Open Mic/Jam Night 10 pm. F SONY CEN­TRE FOR THE PER­FORM­ING ARTS The Barra MacNeils’ Celtic Christ­mas Tour sea­sonal con­cert, 8 pm. TRAN­ZAC Hound­stooth Blue­grass Thurs­days in the South­ern Cross Lounge, 7:30-9:30 pm. Jes­sica Stu­art and Jor­dana Tal­sky Episode 11, 3 pm. JAZZ/CLAS­SI­CAL/EX­PER­I­MEN­TAL

F AVIV RESTAU­RANT Tanya Wills Quar­tet (fes­tive mu­sic w/ a jazzy spin), 8 pm. DES­O­TOS An­thony Ab­batan­geli Open Jam (jazz/blues/rock), 8 pm. FOUR SEA­SONS CEN­TRE FOR THE PER­FORM­ING ARTS Steven Taetz Quar­tet ‘Tis The Sea­son To Swing (jazz), noon-1 pm, in the Richard Brad­shaw Am­phithe­atre.


All A Good Night 4 Art of Time En­sem­ble sea­sonal con­cert with Jackie Richard­son, Chris Mur­phy, Tom Wil­son and Jes­sica Mitchell, 8 pm Dec 13-15. OLD MILL TORONTO Ben Dwyer Trio (jazz), 7:30 pm. Old Mill Gui­tar Ser­e­nade weekly, 6-10 pm. THE REX Ar­tie Roth Quar­tet (jazz), 6:30 pm. Pete McCann Quar­tet CD re­lease, 9:30 pm. F ROY THOM­SON HALL TSO Hol­i­day Pops Toronto Sym­phony Orches­tra, Matt Dusk and the Eto­bi­coke School of the Arts Hol­i­day Cho­rus, Dec 13 and 15, Thu 8 pm, Sat 8:30 pm, mat Wed 2 pm. THE­ATRE PASSE MU­RAILLE Sacha Williamson Quin­tet Jazz, Soul And Aretha, 7:30 pm.


CLIN­TON’S Back On (top 40). 10 pm. DRAKE COM­MIS­SARY DJ Grump all ages, 6 pm. GLAD­STONE HO­TEL We Do This Ev­ery Week 10 pm. THE PIS­TON 5Sis­ter Mis­ter queer dance party, 10 pm. SWAN DIVE DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bas­tard (pop/punk/rock/ soul), 10 pm.

Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 POP/ROCK/HIPHOP/SOUL

BOVINE SEX CLUB Sweet and Low­down doors 9 pm. DAKOTA TAV­ERN Lu­cas Stagg Party w/ Cleave An­der­son & Tim Jack­son (rock & roll), 10 pm.

DAN­FORTH MU­SIC HALL The Watch­men, ñ Ron Hawkins doors 7 pm. DANIELS SPEC­TRUM Lil Berete ñ

7 pm. See pre­view, page 18. DRAKE HO­TEL Tribe (old school R&B/dance), 10 pm [Lounge]. THE GAR­RI­SON Eat A Peach: All­man Broth­ers Trb­bute doors 9 pm.

THE GREAT HALL Shad, Bon­jay doors ñ 7 pm, Dec 14 & 15. HORSE­SHOE Ex­ile On Main Street Live ñ

per­for­mance of The Rolling Stones’ mas­ter­piece w/ Dave Schoonder­beek, mem­bers of Beams, Car­na­tions, Sir Ian Blur­ton, Catl and many oth­ers, doors 9 pm. HUGH’S ROOM LIVE John Sheard’s British In­va­sion 8:30 pm.

F LEE’S PALACE White Cow­bell Ok­la­homa ñ X-Mess doors 8:30 pm. LINS­MORE TAV­ERN Sym­ply Skynyrd Trib­ute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, 9:30 pm. THE LO­CAL PUB Michelle Rum­ball (roots rock), 5 pm.

MOD CLUB Busty And The Bass (elec­tro­funk), ñ doors 7 pm. MU­SIC GALLERY AT 918 BATHURST Re­jeu­ve­nated ñ Fre­quen­cies VHVL, Korea Town Acid, YourHomieNaomi, cu­rated by Obuxum, doors 7:30 pm. OPERA HOUSE Her­nan Cat­ta­neo doors 10 pm.

PHOENIX CON­CERT THE­ATRE The Crys­tal ñ Method, RYME, Jeane Dar­lene 8 pm. F QUEEN EL­IZ­A­BETH THE­ATRE Melissa ñ

Etheridge – The Hol­i­day Show doors 6:30 pm, all ages. RA­DIO Eye­dress 7 pm.

SU­PER WON­DER GALLERY ECHLO Echolo­ca­tion ñ al­bum re­lease show & art ex­hibit, 8 pm.

UNIT 2 ñ

Sydanie Moon 6-9 pm.


F CADIL­LAC LOUNGE Sue Fo­ley: The Ice Queen’s Blue Christ­mas Con­cert with Tom Bona and Leo Val­vas­sori, Re­becca He­nessey, Car­rie Ch­est­nut, Saman­tha Martin, Jen­nie Thai and Paul Red­dick, 9 pm. DAVE’S... Ken Yosh­ioka Blues On St.Clair, 9:30 pm. DROM TABERNA Moskitto Bar (Moneka Ara­bic jazz), 6 pm. THE LO­CAL PUB The Hu­la­goons (Hawai­ian steel in­stru­men­tal­ists), 9 pm. LULA LOUNGE After­work Global Party Se­ries with Guaracha y Son (son/guaracha/bolero/ changüí/gua­jira from the 30s-60s), 5:30 pm. RIVOLI Mat­tie Leon, with The Red­hill Val­leys and Jeremy Voltz & Voltzwagon (folk/R&B/ rock & roll/in­die-soul), 9 pm. THE SEN­A­TOR WINEBAR Ju­lian Fauth with Dr. Nick (pre-war bar­rel­house blues/boo­gie woo­gie w/ in­fu­sions of gospel & jazz), 9 pm. TRAN­ZAC An­nette’s Tea Time Jam 5-7 pm.


BUR­DOCK Jes­sica Moss, Völur, Qarafa 9 pm. GROSS­MAN’S TAV­ERN A Mir­a­cle On Ce­cil Street Mu­sic, magic, com­edy, ven­tril­o­quism and more, 9:30 pm. JAZZ BISTRO Eric St-Lau­rent Quin­tet (AfroCuban rhythms/jazz/blues), 9 pm. KO­ERNER HALL Michael Kae­sham­mer Trail­blaz­ers con­cert, 8 pm. OLD MILL TORONTO Jor­dana Tal­sky Trio (jazz), 7:30 pm. THE REX Hog­town Syn­co­pa­tors 4 pm. Peter Hill Quin­tet (jazz), 6:30 pm. Pete McCann Quar­tet CD re­lease (jazz), 9:30 pm. F ROY THOM­SON HALL An An­drean Christ­mas sea­sonal con­cert by the stu­dents of St An­drew’s Col­lege, 7:30 pm. F ST. BARN­ABAS CHURCH Imag­ine: Christ­mas Duke Elling­ton’s adap­ta­tion of The Nutcracker & Vince Guaraldi’s mu­sic from A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas, 7 pm.

ñ FTRAN­ZAC Carl Didur & Syzygy 10 pm. The Hamil­ton Savoie Duo and Anas­tace (sea­sonal jazz), 8 pm. Mira Mart­inGray with Kayla Milmine 7:30 pm. F TRIN­ITY-ST. PAUL’S CHURCH Prae­to­rius Christ­mas Ves­pers Toronto Con­sort Christ­mas con­cert. Dec 14-16, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 3:30 pm.


BLACK EA­GLE 5TRADE: Pearl Neck­lace Dance party with vis­it­ing DC DJ Devon Trot­ter, 10 pm. CODA Be­douin w/ Gabriel Bel­mudes and Sam Haze, 10 pm. DRAKE HO­TEL Well Played: Dee Jay Ing (funk/ R&B,/90s hip-hop), 7 pm, all ages. {Drake Com­mis­sary]. FAR­SIDE Sun­set Cul­ture Club DJ Mor­gan Yew (rare party jams and au­dio ex­plo­rations), 10 pm. HAN­DLE­BAR Doo Lang with DJ Misty (vin­tage R&B/girl groups/soul/rock & roll/funk), 10 pm. THE PIS­TON Beam Me Up Disco disco jam with The Patchouli Broth­ers & Cy­clist (funk/jazz/ soul/boo­gie/rare groove/reg­gae/gospel/proto-house), 10 pm. THE REC ROOM 5Slay Belles Hol­i­day drag party fea­tur­ing Phi Phi O’Hara, Tynomi Banks, Allysin Chaynes & oth­ers, mu­sic by DJ Or­ange Pekoe, 10 pm. SWAN DIVE DJ Dig­i­tals Time Ma­chine, The Clas­sic Rock Edi­tion 10 pm. UNIUN DJ 4B, Man­zone & Strong Fac­tory Fri­days, doors 10 pm.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 POP/ROCK/HIP-HOP/SOUL

AL­L­EY­CATZ VON 9 pm. F BETH RADOM SYN­A­GOGUE Sounds of the City 2nd An­nual Toy and Games Fund Live mu­sic, com­edy, pho­tos with Santa and more in sup­port of Sick Kids Foun­da­tion, doors 8 pm.

BLACK SWAN The 4th An­nual Hip Hop ñ

Food Drive Per­for­mances by Mel­low, Eyon & Niekoh, Tri Shy, MaizyF, DJ slam and oth­ers ben­e­fits Sec­ond Har­vest, doors 9 pm. F BONAR-PARK­DALE PRES­BY­TE­RIAN CHURCH Have Your­self An Af­ter Hours Christ­mas doowop a cap­pella quar­tet con­cert, 7:30 pm. BOVINE SEX CLUB Drunk­ula Mu­sic for the Masses late night set, 12:30 am.

BUR­DOCK Drew Smith ñ

doors 9 pm. COALI­TION Moun­tain Dust, Pale Mare, White Swan, Quiet Earth 9 pm. F DAKOTA TAV­ERN David Myles Hol­i­day Shake­down doors 6:30 pm.

DAN­FORTH MU­SIC HALL Jen­nifer Cas­tle, ñ

Jeremy Dutcher doors 7 pm. THE GAR­RI­SON Yung Bae doors 9 pm.

Throw­ers try­ing to pro­tect them­selves, to the Fool who’s per­haps the only one who can truly parse the ab­sur­dity of the sit­u­a­tion.

We asked Shad to in­tro­duce us to these key fig­ures and how they fit into the larger con­cept be­hind the al­bum.


From a higher-up el­e­va­tion / Hire and fir­ing power from a higher ed­u­ca­tion Higher up the cor­po­rate lad­der / The higher your so­cial sta­tion – In­tro: Sniper

“This is where it starts. Maybe it’s be­cause from that [el­e­vated] van­tage, you see things. It’s the most de­fault un­der­stand­ing we all share: ‘This is how it works – get as high as you can.’ But there’s also a lot to that metaphor: the dis­tance from the earth, the real fun­da­men­tals of life, also ob­vi­ously the so­cio-eco­nomic strat­i­fi­ca­tion and feel­ings of alien­ation. I tried to put my­self in that story a lit­tle bit, too, be­cause I feel like peo­ple with im­mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ences like I have, we es­pe­cially get told, ‘Get up there. It’s not safe down here.’”


They could have stuck up for the youth / Stuck up for jus­tice and truth Now we can ei­ther get loud / Or they shut up and shoot – The Stone Throw­ers (Gone In A Blink)

“I talk about all sorts of sit­u­a­tions – some of them in our real world and some not, but to me [the Stone Throw­ers] ba­si­cally de­scribes peo­ple with­out power, peo­ple who use what­ever power they have – and are of­ten vil­i­fied as a re­sult. But to me the song is also about hypocrisy, be­cause these Stone Throw­ers do less harm with their stones than the peo­ple with more pow­er­ful, more so­phis­ti­cated weapons. That song to me de­scribes all those peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ence.”


Wanna be free? Just an­swer one ques­tion / But an­swer hon­estly: What are you afraid of? – The Fool Pt. 1

“So many of the things he says are not fash­ion­able in our cul­ture right now. That char­ac­ter says, ‘A hu­man is not who the vil­lain is / It’s fear, it’s greed, it’s pride / You see it in­side.’ That’s not some­thing we kind of talk about as much any more – the ‘other side’ not be­ing the en­emy, be­cause ac­tu­ally they’re you. So there are things he says that in the cur­rent cli­mate are kind of viewed as naïve. But I still wanted the song [The Fool Pt. 1] to feel like the char­ac­ter felt in my mind – just full of joy, and con­vinced of his per­spec­tive, even though there’s vi­o­lence all around him.”

Shad’s Great Hall shows are book­ended by an art ex­hibit at The Tell stu­dio (401 Rich­mond West) from De­cem­ber 13-16. Cu­rated by lo­cal mu­si­cian/artist Just

John, it fea­tures mul­ti­me­dia art­work high­light­ing the al­bum’s themes. 3 mu­[email protected]­ | @TabSid­diqui

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