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Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram in the Carnegie Hall show. Photo by Skye Regan.
Today: An Indigo Christmas, improv at Bread & Circus, and Neil Young (in spirit) at Parts & Labour.
MUSIC: The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s ambassador of Afrocentric music, brings you its twelfth annual holiday concert, An Indigo Christmas. This year subtitled Kwanzaa Litanies, the concert commemorates the Nguzo Saba (that would be “seven principles”), which doubles as the title of the Chorale’s new album, featuring works by Glenn Burleigh, Mary Lou Williams, and Joe Sealy. Expect African musical elements to be blended with classical, jazz, and gospel themes—without religious overtones—but besides the music and presentation, all ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert meet and greet. Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West), 7:15 p.m. (show at 8 p.m.), $39.50 (students $30).
THEATRE: Happy second birthday to the National Theatre of the World—the Toronto-based independent improv company that recently scored a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Improv Troup. Their Carnegie Hall anniversary show features a special line-up of comedy and musical guests, including Who’s Line is it Anyway? maestro Colin Mochrie. Also, drinks, dancing, and exciting news of the year to come. Spoiler alert: they’ll be traveling to Amsterdam and London, and have something to do with the new Trailer Park Boys series, but you gotta show up to find out. Bread & Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 9:30 p.m., “Pay What You Think.”
MUSIC: Now, we’re not always hot for tribute bands, but in the case of Canadian rocker Neil Young, we usually say, “Yes, please.” Parts & Labour, Parkdale’s beloved cultural hub that premiered this year, rocks out tonight in the free world with Horsey Craze, the not-so-secret nom du plume featuring members of Constantines. Just a fiver gets you in the door to abuse the cheap drink specials for the rest of the night. Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $5.