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MUSIC: The Sadies‘ New Year’s Eve shows are always reliable as a great way to spend the last few hours of any year. This year the Good brothers have invited Ron Sexsmith as their guest, which should make a lot of Toronto music-lovers very, very happy. Top that off with an opening set from The Schomberg Fair and a double set (with guests) from the Sadies themselves, and kicking out the last of an entire decade should be a shoe-in. The Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $20.
CIRCUS: Live fire acts, acrobatics, black light hijinks, and a bit of debauchery ring in the new year at the Centre of Gravity’s Wig Out! New Year’s Eve party. The circus school makes a big push for costumes, hats, and wig-wearing to see off the decade we all wish we’d never experienced. Three DJs—Bob Sexton, Mark Kubas, and Stephane Vera—will be hard at work supplying the revelry soundtrack. Oh—and there will be complimentary bubbly at midnight! Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. Centre of Gravity (1300 Gerrard Street East), 10 p.m., $20 advance (more at the door).
MUSIC: Earlier this month, Torontoist mentioned Sheezer, an all-female super-group dedicated to the delightful sounds of (early) Weezer. Sheezer plays as part of the Tranzac’s stellar New Year’s Eve 2009 lineup, which looks like this year’s go-to New Year’s Eve live venue. Gentlemen Reg headlines the show, with Jim Guthrie, Mantler, The Magic, and Diamond Rings also playing. Tickets have all been scooped up by this point, but we’re mentioning it anyway for those of our readers who prove to be exceptionally resourceful. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., $15. SOLD OUT.
COMEDY: If it’s not too soon to laugh off last year’s (last decade’s?) misery, you might want to head to Massey Hall’s 9th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza. Hosting this year is Gerry Dee, also known as the comic-relief sports reporter on The Score. Nikki Payne and Glen Foster are the headliners for the night, with feature appearances from top comics such as Terry Clement, Jen Grant, Kenny Robinson, and more. Toronto’s own designer lounge act Jaymz Bee leads the Jaymz Bee Combo with the night’s musical stylings. Note that the show’s organizers have slapped a “mature subject matter” warning on their press release—alright! Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), 7:30 p.m., $39.50–$59.50.
MUSIC: Dance party specialists Foot Prints and United Soul have invited Ron Trent up from Chicago to ring in the new year. Trent’s history as a DJ goes back to the mid-’80s Chicago deep house scene, but the bulk of his music career happened in New York City as a DJ and producer, where he helped pioneer the New Jazz, Funk, and Soul movement. At midnight, twenty-piece percussion ensemble Samba Elégua step in to wire up the crowd with their primal rhythms. Take that, 2009. Revival (783 College Street), 10 p.m., $30 advance (more at the door).
LIGHTS: If anyone happens to find themselves out on the street at midnight (or, like us once, stuck in a taxi at the stroke of twelve and having to ring in an awful 2008 alone with our Ethiopian cab driver), have a look up at the CN Tower. The world’s tallest (so far) freestanding tower lights up with a giant countdown to midnight and follows that with a ten-minute spectacular light show. CN Tower (301 Front Street West), 11:59 p.m., FREE.
TRANSPORTATION: Finally, a quick reminder that the TTC, with help from Liberty Entertainment Group, will be offering free service for everyone during the first four hours of 2010. Hurray! TTC (city-wide), 12–4 a.m., FREE.