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PARTY: Santa Clauses, along with many wives, gleeful elves, and naughty helpers, will be carousing and carolling as part of Newmindspace‘s “Santarchy” this weekend. In the spirit of the season, it’s an adults-only event that aims to spread goodwill throughout the city. All of Santa’s ho-ho-homies will congregate at Yonge-Dundas Square and make their way to Queen Street West, making stops at a few pubs for drinks and a scavenger hunt along the way. Participants need to dress up as Santa or one of his aforementioned associates and be prepared to act in character for the evening, offering up their lap, giving gifts, and spreading holiday cheer. Yonge-Dundas Square (2 Dundas Street East), Saturday 5 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: For the fifth year running, Canadian Juno- and Gemini-nominated songstress—not to mention painter, photographer, and U of T music and philosophy student—Sarah Slean is bringing together a bunch of artists to celebrate the season with a holiday concert. This year, Sarah is hosting two shows and will be joined by Nova Scotian hip-hopper Buck 65, Toronto-based R&B and soul singer Divine Brown, and singer-songwriter Royal Wood. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., $32.50.
FUNDRAISER: While other schools and community organizations are hosting bazaars and bake sales to raise money and make ends meet, Alexander Muir/Gladstone Public School and the Parkdale Community Health Centre will receive the proceeds from the Drake Hotel’s annual charity house party. That means you can get boozed and dance while resident DJs spin tunes, all the while partying for a good cause. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), Saturday 10 p.m., $5 or a non-perishable food item.
SALE: If you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe for the holidays or new year, 107 Shaw is hosting the December edition of its monthly vintage clothing sale this weekend. “The Chosen Ones” will feature hand-picked treasures for both men and women, ranging from holiday dresses to unique winter wear. Nine vendors, including LAB Consignment, Penny Arcade, Sunday Girl, I Heart Cake, and Tomorrow Never Knows, will be supplying the vintage goods for the show. 107 Shaw (107 Shaw Street), Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Local history and a fairy tale collide in the Puppetmongers‘s performance of Cinderella in Muddy York. Puppetmongers is celebrating its twentieth anniversary of holiday performances with this classic tale, re-set in 1834 when “muddy” York was about to become the city of Toronto. Sibling duo David and Ann Powell will perform as live actors along with their rod-marionettes, against a backdrop of historic references, costumes, scenery, and music that is authentic to the era. True to the original tale, a young woman endures the wrath of her stepmother and sisters and when the Government House invites the family to attend a ball in honour of the city’s re-naming, all of the girls are enamoured with the thought of meeting the bachelor son of the lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada. And well, we all know how the story goes: they live happily ever after. The play starts on Saturday and runs through January 1, with special post-show puppet-making workshops December 26–29. Tarragon Theatre Extra Space (30 Bridgman Avenue); Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.; $16 for adults, $13 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets available online.
MUSIC: Wavelength, the Sunday night live music series programmed by Kevin Parnell, is back for its 494th edition—the last one of 2009. The show will start with the Montreal indie-rockers formerly known as the Archipelagos, Murder Ford Monument. PS I Love You, the lo-fi pop duo hailing from Kingston will follow. The evening will draw to a close with some local talent, Toronto’s Germans, who will be playing tunes from their upcoming album, Club Tan. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), Sunday 10 p.m., PWYC.