In today's Urban Planner: music all day! Tapings and performances at the CBC, an afternoon in-store at Of a Kind, comedy and music with hosts Helder Brum and Wayne Jones, and several music shows.
OPEN HOUSE: It’s usually possible to walk into the CBC building and look around, but today happens to be special: the Ceeb is celebrating the Sounds of the Season. Many CBC personalities will be in attendance, like Jian Ghomeshi, who’ll be signing copies of his new book, 1982. But it’s the bands that should be the big draw, with sets all day by acts like The Skydiggers, Maylee Todd, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Nelly Furtado, and more. CBC Broadcasting Centre (250 Front Street West), 5:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., FREE (food donations encouraged).
IN-STORE: The folks at music label Audio Blood have a number of artists playing shows tonight (most notably at their Holiday Rager, listed below). But since some of those shows conflict, the label has brought a few artists together for a free afternoon showcase at indie vinyl shop Of a Kind. On the afternoon bill: Tim Chaisson, Amos the Transparent, and Secret Connection. Of a Kind (1037 College Street), 5–6:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Two popular blue-collar comics host showcases tonight at Comedy Bar, both with musical elements. Helder Brum & Friends, at 8 p.m. in the Cabaret includes sets from Roseanne Barr-approved sketch troupe Primo, stand ups Pat Thornton and Rhiannon Archer, and musical guest Jenna Rogers. In the late-night slot on the Main Stage, Wayne Jones’s White Rhino 3 showcase features music by Paul Crocker and over a dozen improvisers, including special guest Mick Napier, from Chicago. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $5 (early show), $15 (late show).
MUSIC: Whether blues, rock and roll, or electronic tunes are your speed, there’s plenty to choose from in live music tonight:
- That Audio Blood Holiday Rager we mentioned earlier has Hands & Teeth, Amos the Transparent, Acres of Lions, and Secret Connections—plus loot bags and other surprises. Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), 9 p.m. doors, $7.
- Popular and award-winning blues outfit Raoul & The Big Time becomes the Bigger Time tonight at the Rex. There will be a number of special guests, including a horn section. The Rex Hotel (194 Queen Street East), 9:30 p.m., $12.
- Electronic music blog and promoters Silent Shout had a nasty experience in October, when scuzzy behaviour by a new venue owner forced them to cancel their anticipated showcase at the last minute. Happily, the entire lineup is back for the rescheduled show tonight, including Ark Analog, whose Maylee Todd has a new video out for her single, “Baby’s Got It.” The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $7.
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This post originally listed the incorrect time for the White Rhino 3 show at Comedy Bar. The show begins at 10:30 p.m., as now stated above.