As versions of “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells” dance through your head, here are some alternate musical offerings throughout the Yuletide season and beyond, to help you maintain your sanity.

Tuesday November 17: 8:00pm – get your freak on to the electro-dance styling’s of Toronto’s own Peaches @ Metropolis, with Amanda Blank & DJ Frigid. $22.15.

Friday November 19- Sunday November 21 – a little taste of Montreal’s music, arts, nightlife and culture at M for Montreal. For more details,

Friday November 27: 7:30pm – Beautiful. Dirty Rich. Be that. Lady GaGa with Kid Cudi at the Bell Centre, the first night of her Monster Ball tour! Tickets, $49.50 available through Gillette Entertainment Group

Sunday November 29: 8:00pm – American Hasidic reggae-rap artist Matisyahu comes to Olympia de Montreal. Esquire magazine called him “The most intriguing reggae artist in the world” .You’ve got to see it to believe it. $39.50 at

Monday December 14: 8:00pm – UK alternative rockers, and multiple Brit Award winners Arctic Monkeys, will be no doubt lookin’ good on the dancefloor at Metropolis. $24.36 – on sale now!

Friday December 18: 8:00pm – Montreal’s own francophone indie rock band Malajube at Metropolis. $28.50.

Monday January 18: 8:00pm – Calgary’s feisty indie rock twins Tegan and Sara bring their sibling rivalry to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. With An Horse. $23.58 to $36.10.

Friday February 5: 9:00pm – London-based electro-pop duo La Roux at Metropolis. “Imagine Annie Lennox fronting early Depeche Mode” – Now Toronto. $22.50

Wednesday February 17: 8:00pm – Writer, philanthropist, twitter-er, pop musician and heartbreaker John Mayer will bring his acoustic pop to the Bell Centre. Tickets $51.00 – $76.00, on sale Saturday November 28th, available through Gillette Entertainment Group