The Rump Shaker: December 14–19
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The Rump Shaker: December 14–19

Photo by Jeremy Farmer from Flickr.
It’s an end of an era as the popular indie night Easy Tiger shuts it down on Friday after a 14 month-run. A hipster haven, Easy Tiger is responsible for introducing hundreds of people to the booze can downstairs of College Street Diner that is Tiger Bar. Midland’s finest, Born Ruffians (pictured), will take the stage and the Easy Tiger DJs will spin the tunes. Expect plenty of twitchy dance moves like the ones you see in the Born Ruffians’ new video for “Hummingbird.”
CiRCA continues its promising run as a live music venue by boasting Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco in the main room this Friday. Lupe is ready to drop his concept album The Cool, which features “Gotta Eat,” a rap song told from the perspective of a gangsta cheeseburger attacking the world and your arteries. As Lupe told Pitchfork, “It’s really Tony Soprano shit.” For those who aren’t interested in dancing to songs about food, there’s plenty to distract yourself with. Woodhands performs live in the Mirror Ballroom, Circle Research and New Kicks spin hip hop and electro in the SKYY Cinema, and Goin’ Steady throws down doo-wop in the bathroom bar.
If you’re looking to get out of the city on Saturday night, there’s a great option in Woodbridge. It’s the Fourth Annual Soca Summit, and soca legend Bunji Garlin will perform. For those of you who aren’t in the know, soca is a style of music that blends soul and calypso. D’enforcers International, D-Life, and Dr. Jay de Soca Prince are just some of the DJs manning the decks in the main room at Palazzo Night Club.
And then there’s this at Embassy: “Imagine the fusion of sex and ice, in an Arctic Playground. Join the throngs of people on the dance floor, all with an Icelandic setting as your backdrop. On Saturday December 15th, Mystery Entertainment invites you to claim your diplomatic immunity inside the Icelandic Embassy. Welcome to the Ice Age!”
Full dance listings below.

This Week

Friday, December 14
Easy Tiger @ Tiger Bar with Born Ruffians, Easy Tiger DJs. $5
Randomland Dream Team @ CiRCA, $20. Main room: Lupe Fiasco, Team Canada DJs; Mirror Ballroom: Woodhands, Eli Escobar; Skyy Cinema: Circle Research, New Kicks; Bathroom Bar: Goin’ Steady.
Exclaim! DJ Skating Night @ The Harbourfront Natrel Rink. Free, closes at 11 p.m.
All Access Fridays @ Republik with Marky Ramone.
Exposed @ Mod Club with Adam K, Andy Reid and Matt Shaw.
DJ Krames (Cobra Kai) @ Drake Underground with Geoff Snack and Johnny Hockin, $5.
Play Fridays @ The Guvernment, $10. Main Room: Baba Kahn, MC Kid Kut; Acid Lounge: Jump Up Kingz.
Rehab Fridays @ Footwork with Deko-ze, Vinyl Junkies, Tim Patrick and Nathan Barato. $5 with guestlist before 12.
Saturday, December 15
Traffic Saturdays @ CiRCA, $20. Main room: Doman and Pettigrew; Skyy Cinema: DJ Addy, Neno; Ballroom: DJ Jedi; Washroom Bar: Kenny Glasgow, Nitin.
7th Heaven @ Wrongbar with Andy Butler (Hercules & Love Affair), Will Munro and Jaime Sin. $5-7.
The Fourth Annual Soca Summit with Bunji Garlin, D’enforcers International, D-Life, and Dr. Jay de Soca Prince @ Palazzo Night Club. $10.
Under the Mistletoe @ Republik with k-os, Marvel, Rhythmic Cru, and more.
Icelandic Embassy @ Embassy with DJ Undercover and Marko Bongo. $10 reduced cover.
Fred Everything @ Footwork with Mike Gleeson and Don Sizzle. $20.
Sunday, December 16
Mass @ CZ with rotating DJs. $20.
Monday, December 17
Affordable Luxury Mondays @ Andy Poolhall with DJ John Britton.
Manic Mondays @ The Dance Cave with DJ Shannon. No cover.
Tuesday, December 18
Footwork @ Andy Poolhall with DJ Fase. No cover.
Wednesday, December 19
Remix This @ Andy Poolhall with Big League Chu. No cover.
Flop House Wednesdays @ Toi with Alicia Hush. No cover.