10 Essential Toronto Shows This Month

What’s playing and where in Toronto this month.

1. THE WEATHER STATION
Sat., Dec. 4, 7 pm / $20
Danforth Music Hall

Talented Canadian folk group The Weather Station, fronted by Tamara Lindeman, released their beautiful record Ignorance in February of this year. After earning a spot on the 2021 Polaris Prize shortlist, they recently released a deluxe version of the album, which includes live renditions of a few tracks. From a recording to the stage, the group will finally share these songs with an audience at Greektown’s beloved Danforth Music Hall.

2. EMANUEL
Tues., Dec. 7, 7 pm / $22
Axis Club

Beloved by Idris Elba, our June cover star Emanuel plays his smooth R&B beats and emotional lyrics for Little Italy.

3. SKYE WALLACE
Tues., Dec. 7, 8 pm / $20
El Mocambo

Talented singer-songwriter joins solid lineup that also includes: Moscow Apartment, Bif Naked and Nefe.

4. BORN RUFFIANS
Thurs., Dec. 9 – Sat.,
Dec. 11, 9 pm / $25
Horseshoe Tavern

For three nights in a row, indie rockers Born Ruffians host the fourth instalment of Shondi Festoon, their self-headlining extravaganza.

5. DANKO JONES
Sat., Dec. 11, 8 pm / $30
Phoenix Concert Theatre

In August, this Toronto-based hard rock group celebrated 25 years with their album Power Trio, and now, they finally bring it to life.

6. BREEZE
Sat., Dec. 11, 8 pm / $5
The Garrison

Breeze channels the best of Britain with his blend of ’70s post-punk guitars and ’80s synth-pop, all for The Garrison’s Alive concert series.

7. METZ
Fri., Dec. 17 & Sat.,
Dec. 18, 8:30 pm / $17.50
Lee’s Palace

Leave your troubles at the door and throw yourself into the mosh pit to the frantic sounds of Toronto punk band METZ.

8. DUMB STUPID LIARS
Sat., Dec. 18, 8 pm / $11.50
Monarch Tavern

At this holiday party, ’80s synth-pop meets early 2000s aesthetics with Toronto queer pop trio Dumb Stupid Liars.

9. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS
Mon., Dec. 20, 7 pm
$26.50
Opera House

This Juno Award-winning metal band brings their powerful chants and wailing guitars from the country’s west coast.

10. KAYTRANADA
Wed., Dec. 29 & Thurs.,
Dec. 30, 7 pm / $100
History

Dance the night away to this Grammy-winning DJ’s hypnotic electronic beats at the city’s shiny new venue.

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