As usual, trying to find out exactly what is or isn’t happening in live music on Boxing Day is a struggle, even a fight! While Facebook listings might lead you to believe certain regular events are happening, in many cases when you check websites of those few clubs that bother to maintain reliably up-to-date and reasonably accessible show listings you find that in fact the rooms are closed.
In other cases rooms and artists make a point of emphasizing that they are staging a Boxing Day party/show. I’ve basically eliminated anything I’m not sure of except in some 905 regions where I mostly depend upon a local, not always totally reliable, source for info.
So unless a regularly recurring show specifically says Boxing Day show I’ve dropped it from today’s listings, rather than send you off on a wild goose chase.
But if you’re ready to take a break from family and Christmas-everything, there are some appealing shows, including a few open mics and jams, that are guaranteed to be happening to help restore your balance. Which you need when you’re fighting for your sanity, as many of us are by now this time of year.
SHOW LISTINGS for Thursday, December 26, 2021
Listings are organized by area in which the shows occur and within each area field shows are listed chronologically. For KEY to listings codes and schemata see note at end of shows list.
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416 – TORONTO CENTRAL – Broadview/Bayview to Ossington
6-8> Sue & Dwight @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Roots singalong; $15
7:30> Lesley Mitchell-Clarke @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*7:30-9:30> Boxing Day edition of Bluegrass Thursdays with Houndstooth @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8> Freeman Dre @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*8-12> Joe Bowden’s Nothin’ But The Blues @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. ~Blues
8> Lakhiabors2.0 @ Tamasha, 1835 Yonge St. ~Worldbeat Bollywood
8> Mattie Leon; B. Knox; Madz & Luke @ Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> Rae Fawn @ Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Ave. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Solaris Music Festival with deadmau5 | Seven Lions | No Mana | Qrion | Bentley Dean | Nofone | Manzone & Strong @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~Metal/Punk/Hard-core; $
*9-1> Blackburn @ Jo Mamas, 317 King St. W. ~Blues
10> Karen Ng’s Boxing Day special improvised music with Kieran Maraj, Dame Cook, Victor O, Bob Vespaziani & more @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
11:30> Heavyweight Brass Band Boxing Day show @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W.
416 – TORONTO EAST – Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park
7-9:30> Gary LaRocca @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter; 0$
7:30> Mike Sedgewick’s Boxing Day Blues Revue & jam @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave.
8-10> Jazz open stage with Artie Roth & Steve Koven @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave.
8-11> Blues jam with Ken Yoshioka @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave.
*9-12> open mic/jam @ The Rusty Nail, 2200 Danforth Ave.
*10-2> karaoke with Shane Taylor @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave.
416 - TORONTO ETOBICOKE
7> Boxing Day jam night with Kimberley Wetmore Band hosts @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock
8> Powerslave; Ozzy Experience @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~tributes to Iron Maiden, Ozzy; $
*10-2> Skip Tracer @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lakeshore Blvd. ~Rock/Pop
416 – TORONTO WEST – Ossington to Etobicoke
*9-1:30> open stage with Jay Pennell @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair West ~eclectic
9> Kayla Mahomed Band @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Blues/R&B
519 EAST -Guelph, K-W & vicinity
6-9> BTox @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
6> Dave Menard @ Strykerz Kitchen, 120 Ottawa St. N., Kitchener
*6> acoustic jam with Dave Pike @ TWB Co-operative Brewing, 300 Mill St., Kitchener
7-9> Jesse Parent & guest @ Lana’s Lounge, 220 King St. N., Waterloo ~songwriters
*7> open stage with Paul and Sue @ Commercial Tavern, off Notre Dame Dr. South, Maryhill-Breslau
9:30> Jeff Holdridge @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*10-2> Mike Something @ Royal Electric, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop
*10> High Street @ The Duke, 33 Erb St., Waterloo
905 EAST – Pickering-Cobourg
8> open mic night @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
9> Deuce @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~acoustic Pop covers & originals duo
905 SOUTH –Hamilton & vicinity
3-8> “Hills and Valleys” Roots showcase with Harrison Kennedy; Heather Valley; The Hill Brothers; S.G. Sinnicks @ Lionshead Pub, 137 John St., Hamilton ~Roots-Rock
5:30> JJ Perlingieri @ The Powerhouse, 21 Jones St., Stoney Creek ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
5:30> Jessica Soule Trio @ Southcote 53, 53 Southcote Road, Ancaster ~Pop covers & originals
8> Third Eye Open @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~tribute to Tool; $?
*8-10> Josh Coulter @ Judge and Jester, 17 Main St. E., Grimsby
8:30> Chris Chambers Group hosts Boxing Day party @ Lou Dawg’s Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton
*9> open mic night with rotating hosts @ Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson St E., Ancaster
10> Tyler Wilson @ The Pheasant Plucker, 20 Augusta St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
10> Jo Jo Gun and The Bullets @ The Powerhouse, 21 Jones St., Stoney Creek ~Country Rock; $0
905 WEST –south Peel & Halton
*7-11:30> Pink Leather Jackets @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
7-10> James Anthony with guest Terry Chisholm @ Uptown Social House, 1900 Walkers Line, Burlington ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
8> Suzie Vinnick @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St. Oakville ~original Blues; $
*8> acoustic open mic jam @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington
9:30> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Events preceded by question mark (?) usually take place but have not been confirmed. Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchasers (eg. seniors, students, members, etc.) /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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