Urban Planner: December 29, 2010
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Urban Planner: December 29, 2010

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Garage meets disco in Electric Six, who play tonight at the ‘Shoe.

Tonight, celebrate Scottish New Year’s traditions, exercise your trivia muscles, see The Coast’s last show, and dance to the tunes of Detroit’s Electric Six.

CELEBRATION: Ever wondered where “Auld Lang Syne” came from? Turns out its lyrics are actually a poem by Robert Burns, and the song was traditionally sung at Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish celebration of the last day of the year. To celebrate the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, Mackenzie House will hold its own Hogmanay festivities today. The celebration will feature traditional Scottish customs and food for the day and an appearance by Gin Lane, a period band that performs traditional music in historical garb. Mackenzie House (82 Bond Street), 7 p.m., $20 plus HST.
TRIVIA: Indulge your competitive side with the final Drake trivia night of the year. Man-about-town Terrance Balazo—quiz host, comedian, actor, and Shake a Tail DJ—spearheads the weekly knowledge showdown, grilling contestants on subjects ranging from sports to celebrities to politics to geography. All you need is a team of four or less and an encyclopedic knowledge of everything. Tonight is a special edition of the event, in honour of the Drake’s What’s In the Box festival: winners will receive whatever is in the box, referring to a mystery prize on display in the Lounge. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $2.
MUSIC: After six years of touring and recording, Toronto-based quartet The Coast are calling it quits. The band, which has cited influences ranging from The Smiths to Paul Simon to U2, released their latest album, Queen Cities, in September. Tonight they will be playing their final show, citing the fact that changes in their lives have made it necessary to part ways. Join The Coast for their last hurrah, supported by Dilly Dally and Powers. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $10 plus non-perishable food item
MUSIC: Garage and disco don’t necessarily seem to go together, but traditional genre barriers don’t mean much to Electric Six. The six-piece Detroit outfit formed in 1996 and has since released seven full-length albums, hitting it big with the song “Danger! High Voltage” from their 2003 album Fire. Echoes of synth pop, punk, and even metal can be found in Electric Six’s music, which frequently delves into sexuality, dancing, and fast food. Tonight, they’ll perform at the Horseshoe, along with Songs from a Room and Millions of Brazilians. Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), doors 9 p.m., $18.50.