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Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards will be performing at the Holiday Jam tonight. Photo by ibm4381.
MUSIC: The Holiday Jam benefit concert is back after a two-year hiatus to bring you some Canadian music and literature in support of the SickKids Foundation. This year’s lineup includes Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer, and Sam Roberts (with the promise of other special guests). The Holiday Jam concert ran from 2004–2006, bringing artists such as The Tragically Hip, Matt Mays, Michael Ondaatje, and Ron MacLean to the stage in support of local charities. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), $39.50 (19+).
FILM: The ROM’s various events connected with their “Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008” (which is closing January 3) are winding down, with only one more screening night left in The Question of Celebrity film seres. Tonight, the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture brings you the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, which explores the lives of two Edie Bouviers—mother and daughter—as they live out their later years in a crumbling mansion in East Hampton. The night’s second screening belongs to Woody Allen’s Celebrity, a comedy about the lengths to which celebrities will go to stay in the public eye. Royal Ontario Museum, Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre (100 Queen’s Park); Grey Gardens at 7 p.m., Celebrity at 9 p.m.; to see one film is $10 ($8 for ROM members, $6 for friends of ICC), to see both films is $15 ($12, $10).
COMEDY: Inessa Frantowski, frequent guest on MuchMusic’s Video On Trial and founding member of The Sketchersons, really knows how to throw herself a birthday party. Everything is Wow! is a music and comedy combo, with appearances by Nikki Payne, Sandra Battaglini, and Bob n’ Craig for comedy, and Laura Barrett (The Hidden Cameras), Luke Lalonde (The Born Ruffians), and TV theme songs performed by Little TV Wonder (with members of The Bicycles) to cover the musical side of the evening. To top it all off, Scott Thompson from The Kids In The Hall will make a special appearance. In keeping with the spirit of the season, all proceeds from the show will go to the charity Third World Awareness. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $12.
THEATRE: If you’re looking for a bit of that old holiday feeling (chestnuts roasting on an open fire while the beginnings of a white Christmas blossom outside your window—that sort of jazz) Da Capo Productions has got a nice little lineup of old favourites for you with “Cocktails and Candy Canes Holiday Cabaret.” Tunes from Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., and Bing Crosby, among others, will be performed by a group of company members, in a relaxed and casual salute to classic holiday cheer. The Annex Live (296 Brunswick Avenue), 8:30 p.m, FREE.