Central & Remote: December 16th-18th

A round up of the best/weirdest things to do this weekend in Toronto…

Friday December 16th

No Wave legend James Chance dropped out of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music to move to New York and fell in love with free jazz and punk. He played in such bands as Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and James Chance and the Contortions. Unlike most in the No Wave scene Chance possessed a certain amount of proficiency and demanded the same from his band members.

Friday he plays the Silver Dollar Room with the likes of Slim Twig, Ell V Gore, Grand Trine. It promises to be a solid night of psychedelic, avant-garde, experimental rockabilly.

Danny Michel at Lee’s

Dark Mean, Memoryhouse, The Rest at the Tranzac

Toronto Swing presents Blues Christmas Holiday Ball

Chinese Telephone, Steve Adamyk Band, !Attention! at the Magpie Taproom

Way Out pan-psychedelic sounds at Salvador Darling – free

Saturday December 17th

The folks at Hard Luck Bar (772A Dundas St. W) want to say a big F.U. to hunger this holiday season. On Saturday if you bring a non-perishable food item you’re in for free. otherwise it’s $5 that goes straight to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Of course the night is about more than saying !f#*k hunger, it’s also about seeing some local bands. The Murder Squad T.O., Sista Fista, You Handsome Devil, Quarter Tank, Triamazikamno, and the Scumbally’s all take the stage. That’s a lot of bands for a can of  kidney beans, or a box of noodles.

Midway State at the (Virgin Mobile) Mod Club

Dance improvisation performance workshop at Dovercourt House

Winter Festival at Evergreen Brickworks

Entire Cities, Radius & Helena, Brave Little Toaster, East End Lovelies @ The Rivoli

Get it Together – Hip hop Holiday at the Boat

Movies & Markers – craft night at the Fox Theatre

Second annual I Love T.O. skate party – free hot chocolate all night

Sunday December 18th

Animation workshop for adults at NFB

Acoustic family brunch at Melody Bar – Gladstone Hotel

Second annual Latkepalooza at Caplansky’s

Earl Bales Park Ski Hill Launch

Comedy Records at Clinton’s Tavern

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