Photo from Deko-ze.
The holidays are normally a time for rest but nobody told that to Deko-ze. The man dubbed Canada’s hardest working DJ has a doozy of a week. On top of the Christmas Bash he is throwing at Footwork on Friday, Deko-ze will be spinning a six hour extended set at CZ on Sunday for Mass and is a part of CZ’s Christmas Come Get Your Fcukin Beats party. He’s also at The Guvernment on Saturday for The Gift 07.
Kardinal Offishall returns to Toronto for his 10th Annual Christmas Event. Although his career has been beset by label woes, Kardi is a consumate showman. He’ll be joined by legendary New York producer Pete Rock at the Mod Club on Sunday.
On a completely different note, Toronto’s pre-eminent doo-wop crew Goin’ Steady are throwing a Christmas party at the Gladstone Hotel on Saturday. The popular dance party will prominently feature music from the 1940s up to the 1960s. Hip cats and dollys: get your jazz hands ready.
Full listings below.
Thursday, December 20
Dirty Disco @ The Social with Vitamins for You, Dougie Boom, Egyptrixx, and Monkestra. $5.
Unwind Thursdays @ Jolly with Paranoid Jack, Bole & Ilija Katic, and NuEra. No cover.
Bud Light Presents Christmas @ CiRCA with Alonso Mendez, DJ Pipes, and DJ John J. $5-10.
Friday, December 21
Sweetback @ Stone’s Place with DJ CutHowYaLike and Josh Laing. $5.
Rehab: Deko-ze and Jenn’s Christmas Bash with Deko-ze (extended set), Sydney Blu, and Nick Forucci. $20.
Soho @ This is London with Robbie Rivera, Manzone and Strong, and Vinyl Junkies. $15 before 11, $20 after.
Randomland: A.D/D. 3 Year Birthday Bash @ CiRCA. Main Room: A-Trak, Junior Sanchez, Jokers of the Scene, A.D/D, and Barbi; Mirror Ballroom: Alex Gold, Kenny Glasgow, and Fabio Palermo; SKYY Cinema: Kid X and Rory Them Finest; Bathroom Bar: Vaneska and Thunderkids. $15.
Saturday, December 22
Goin’ Steady @ Gladstone Ballroom. $5.
Unsilent Night @ Footwork with Chris Liebing, Tony Rohr, Jamie Kidd, and Metalogic. $20 before 12, $25 after.
Drake Holiday House Party @ The Drake Hotel with resident DJs. $5 or free with a non-perishable food item or article of clothing.
Traffic Saturdays @ CiRCA with Doman and Pettigrew, DJ Addy and DJ Jedi. $20.
Nightmare Before Christmas @ CZ with The Roaches (Nathan Barato and Carlo Lio) 10 Hour Set.
The Gift 07 @ The Guvernment with Mark Oliver. Orange Room: Titsworth, Klever, and DJ Aristotle; The Drink: Ricky Stone and Manzone and Strong; Acid Lounge: George William; D’Luxe Lounge: 4 Korners; The Gallery: Deko-ze, Vinyl Junkies, and Joee Cons. $15 before 11, $20 after.
Sunday, December 23
Hip Hop Rules: Kardinal Offishall’s 10th Annual Christmas Event @ The Mod Club with Kardinal Offishall, Pete Rock, Cipha Sounds and more. $20 adv.
Techno 23rd @ Footwork with Jeff Milligan, Nitin, My Favorite Robot, and Baby Joel. No cover.
Mass @ CZ with Deko-ze (6 hour set).
Monday, December 24
Zima Project @ The Guvernment. Main Room: DJ Sputnik, DJ Vamos, DJ Bratan, DJ Ramo, and DJ Ortemy; VIP Lounge: Kotov and Andre Wilde, DJ Simon Sezz, and DJ Chris; Acid Lounge: DJ Clone, Sound Breakerz, DJ Enerjex, and DJ Star Gazer. $20 before 11.
Tuesday, December 25
Come Get Your Fcukin Beats @ CZ with Deko-ze, Manzone and Strong, The Roaches (Nathan Barato and Carlo Lio), Vinyl Junkies, Joee Cons, Julien Loreto, Jay Force, and Addil.
Wednesday, December 26
What’s In The Box? @ The Drake with Skratch Bastid, Ghislain Poirier, Vitamins For You, and My Dad vs Yours. $5.
Remix This @ Andy Poolhall with DJ Fase. No cover.
The 3rd Annual Old School Boxing Day Blow Out @ Footwork with Donald Glaude, John E, Jelo, Matt C, and Tim Patrick. $20 before 1 a.m.
Unity @ Sound Academy with Darude and more. $25.
Holy Ghost @ The Social with Automatt. $5 before 11.
I Love New York @ CiRCA. Main Room: Peter Rauhofer, Mark Falco; SKYY Cinema: Jackson Pollis, Cazwell, Barbi, and Oligarchy Kids; Bathroom Bar: Daniel Wilson, ViVi Diamond, Holy Rock, and Don’t Be Shy. $30.