PARTY: CityTV will be presenting the big bash for Toronto down at Nathan Phillips Square tonight. CityTV personalities Gord Martineau, Tracy Moore, Kevin Frankish, and Dina Pugliese host the show. Live performances are being provided by Suzie McNeil, Kreesha Turner, Shiloh, Danny Fernandes, Dru, Tristan Avakian, and the cast of The Jersey Boys. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), 9 p.m. (pre-show) and 10:30 p.m. (live-to-air), FREE.
MUSIC: Now in its ninth year, The Sadies bash at the Horseshoe continues to be a great way to ring in the new year. This year, Blue Rodeo bassist Basil Donovan joins the Good brothers as their special guest. Always trusted to put on a good show, the band played until well past 3 a.m. last year. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $25. TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT, but a few may be released at the door.
PARTY: The Annex WreckRoom’s got 102.1 The Edge veteran Dj Dwight kicking it old school for the crowd at the club’s New Year’s bash. Annex WreckRoom (794 Bathurst Street, second floor), 10 p.m., $15.
PARTY: There are two options to choose from at the Gladstone tonight. First: the Melody Bar is offering drink specials and extended hours (the kitchen is open until 1 a.m., the bar until 3 a.m.), and Peter Styles will be hosting Toronto’s Best Karaoke Party. (Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar [1214 Queen Street West], 5 p.m.–3 a.m., FREE.) Second: in the Ballroom, the hotel is turning the clock back all the way to 1977. Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque goes Glam with dancers such as a fictional Jim Morrison (Sexy Mark Brown) and a Fallen Angel of Classic Rock (Honey B. Hind). Seasoned Toronto punk band The Screwed play, and Dj Scottie P spins the tunes for the dance party part. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $40. RUSH TICKETS ONLY.
PARTY: POP at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre has DJs Shane MacKinnon and K-TEL spinning ear-candy. But it wouldn’t be a party at Buddies without the all-night performances from Keith Cole, Kitty Neptune, and Wrong Note Rusty, hosted by Fay Slift. All proceeds from this year’s party go toward the upcoming thirtieth season of Buddies in Bad Times, and the youth queer programmes the theatre supports. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 10 p.m., $25.
PARTY: The Track Meet crew (DJs Dave, Ed, M-Dash, and Sofi P)—a group of local media folk from Eye Weekly, Exclaim!, and The Globe and Mail who enjoy taking a break from spinning stories to spin some tunes—are hosting a special New Year’s Edition of their monthly Whorish Pop and Hip-Hop gig. Cover price includes a buffet and midnight champagne. Bar 751 (751 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $10.
PARTY: The Comedy Bar (one of our heroes) hosts its first New Year’s Party ever, with an open bar and free midnight champagne toast. There will be food specials available, which will probably be necessary given the open bar. DJ Tighten Up spins the tunes. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $50 if you call to reserve before 8 p.m., $70 at the door.
PARTY: Broken Social Scene are hosting New Year’s 2009 ‘Cuz It’s a Dance Party. Brendan Canning , Kevin Drew and Jimmy Shaw (of Metric) will be playing DJ sets, as well as DJ duo Gang of Two (Andycapp and Rod Skimmins). Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street ), 9 p.m., $25.
LIGHTS: The CN Tower has a special light show planned for the countdown to midnight. If you are stuck in a cab between venues and parties—or worse, stuck on the street without one—during the last moments of the year, look up and enjoy. CN Tower (Skyline), 11:59 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Tranzac has compiled a fun line-up of bands to celebrate New Year’s Eve with. Playing this year’s party are The Bicycles, Steamboat, The Weather Station, Eric Chenaux, Ronley Teper, Ghost Bees, I am Robot and Proud, Kite Hill, The Matias Band, and DJs Glissandro 70. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., $15.
PARTY: The Beaver is keeping it real for the Hump Day Bump New Year’s Party. DJs May and Sandy are hosting and playing the tunes. Make reservations if you are planning on having dinner at the bar. The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $5.
PARTY: There is a huge two-floor dance party at Revival organized by Footprints and Solid Garage. There are some incredible beat-providers at the helm: the night is hosted by Footprints regular Lybido, and features Osunlade, Samba Elegua with the Uma Nota Ensemble, Dirty Dale, The Footrpints DJs, and Groove Institute. Revival Bar (783 College Street), 10 p.m., $30 plus.
MUSIC: Lee’s Palace gets folky for New Year’s with two sets from Elliott Brood. Toronto’s NQ Arbuckle and Oshawa’s The Stables open the show. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West ), 8:30 (doors open), $17.50.
MUSIC: What more could anyone want out of a New Year’s party than four sets of live music, party favours, a buffet, midnight champagne, and all-you-can-eat fun pie. Dick Ellis Revival plays Grossman’s tonight, and their New Year’s extravaganza includes all of the above. Grossman’s Tavern (379 Spadina Avenue), 10:30 p.m., $15.
PARTY: Toronto’s funkiest promoters NuFunk (and partners) bring a special New Year’s midnight performance to Toronto from High Plains Drifter and the Afro Funk All-Stars. The Live performance will be augmented by live dub and breaks sets and by Techno and House DJ sets. Nye09 Warehouse (9 Noble Street), 10 p.m., $35 (with a non-perishable food donation).
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