Mason Hornet do their best to spread holiday cheer at their Christmas Party at the Cameron Friday (Dec. 3). Getting the festivities underway is indie rock supergroup the Anxious Mofo Blues Band, performing your favourite Christmas songs in the style of the Velvet Underground. Oxford County Circus (featuring Greg Smith of the Co-Operators) will also be on hand.
Canada's most famous female fiddler, Natalie MacMaster, plays Convocation Hall Saturday (Dec. 4). She'll be playing songs from her latest recording, In My Hands, as well as audience favourites from her repertoire. This is her first Toronto show following a recent month-long U.S. tour and a one-day trip to Ireland to tape a performance for an upcoming BBC television show.
Montreal's most excellent export the Local Rabbits open for the Rheostatics at the Phoenix Wednesday. The Rabbits, who are due for a follow-up to 1998's Basic Concept CD, spent much of last year backing up country chanteuse Neko Case, so this is a great opportunity to hear them play their own material.
Groovy Religion, Dave Martin and the Swallows play the Rivoli tonight (Dec. 2).
Kyp Harness and his band play their last gig of the century with Dale Morningstar and Nancy Mackey at the Cameron tonight.
The Cash Brothers host a Christmas Bash with Jenny Whitley at Ted's Wrecking Yard Friday.
The creators of "Hookah in the Succah" present groovesters Inasense at the Opera House Saturday.
Plastic Bag and Laudanum 8 join Beautiful 2000 Saturday at the El Mocambo.
Dan Kershaw, the Brothers Cosmoline and the Wayward Angels turn Clinton's into a honkytonk palace on Saturday.
Phobia join Dirtybird at Planet Kensington Saturday. . Former Suffer Machine member Lisa Patterson goes solo at Barcode Monday.
Oh Susanna sings sweet songs at the Rivoli Tuesday.
Queensrÿche rock the Warehouse Tuesday.
East Coast singer/songwriter John Gracie joins Tom Jackson for the 12th annual Huron Carole Christmas food bank benefit at the John Bassett Theatre Tuesday.
The Ambient Ping live ambient music series returns to Southern Po-Boys Tuesday with Jericho Station.
-- JOANNE HUFFA
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