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Photo of the 2007 Kensington Market Festival Of Lights by Andrew Louis.
FESTIVAL: In a painful twist of fate, the Red Pepper Spectacle Arts company had to cancel the Kensington Market Festival of Lights (which celebrates the winter solstice) last year due to a bad bout of winter. When they rescheduled the festivities for the spring equinox this year, they didn’t take into account the waning economy and had to cancel yet again. Well, third time’s a charm and the 20th Annual Kensington Market Festival of Lights is scheduled for this evening, where a parade of fire-spinners, drummers, lantern-carriers, and a sixteen-foot-tall fire sculpture will make their way through the Kensington Market area. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Wear a costume, bring a lantern, or sing a song—whatever you want to do to celebrate the longest night of the year. Corner of Oxford Street and Augusta Avenue, 6 p.m., FREE (donations welcome).
COMEDY: The Second City has both the kids and the parents covered this year with their noontime show, What the Elf?!?!, playing today until Sunday. What the Elf?!?! is a musical that skewers traditions of the holiday season (last-minute shopping, flying reindeer, tin soldiers). This interactive show is geared for children five to ten years of age and is followed by an improv show where audience members are invited to come on stage and participate. Lunch items and snacks are available during the show, as well as full bar service for parents who need their own brand of Christmas cheer. The Second City’s second noontime holiday revue, Big Bad Wolf (vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker), will open on Boxing Day this week. The Second City Theatre (51 Mercer Street), 12 p.m., $12 (or $40 for a family four pack).
MUSIC: Local comic book artist, rapper, and sometimes-party-thrower Sean Ward is throwing a concert, “An Electric Christmas Freak-Out!,” at The Horseshoe Tavern tonight to celebrate the holidays and to raise money for the Daily Bread Food Bank. The lineup of music and comedy includes La Casa Muerte, Barry Taylor (from PunkRadioCast), Sadie May Crash, and B’MO Crazy with Ward taking care of hosting duties. The Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE with cash donation to Daily Bread Food Bank.
MUSIC: Electro/house duo Torro Torro are spinning tonight at The Social’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” party. This is Sky’s The Limit Promotions‘ second year throwing the “Nightmare Before Christmas” party, which celebrates the holidays with sweaty twenty-somethings and two-dollar drinks before 11 p.m. Torro Torro are pretty hot local DJs, having remixed tracks by Jully Black, M.I.A., and La Roux to name a few. DJs James Sumner and KiD MK will open. The Social (1100 Queen Street West), 10 p.m. (guest list recommended).