Monday, December 14:
7pm. Holiday Jam @ The Phoenix for SickKids. Some of the biggest names in Canadian music are coming out to raise money for the Sick Kids Foundation, including the much-beloved Sarah Harmer, Montrealer Sam Roberts and Kathleen Edwards. Tickets are $39.50 at Soundscapes and Rotate This. 410 Sherbourne St.
9pm. Do Make Say Think CD Release @ The Enwave Theatre. The Toronto group is playing their third in a trio of shows tonight, celebrating the release of their latest album Other Truths. $16. 231 Queens Quay W.
Tuesday, December 15:
11:30am-10pm. It’s Finally Free at the Free Times Cafe! Celebrating 29 years at the Free Times Cafe, a free vegetarian buffet for lunch (11:30am-2:30pm) and dinner (5:30-9:30pm), plus complementary hors d’oeuvres, drinks and raffle prizes. 320 College St.
8pm. Pretty Raw @ XPACE Cultural Center . A selection of documentaries curated by Jeremy McCormick. Politically incorrect, somewhat offensive, and alluringly raw, this selection of documentaries focuses on subjects who bluntly define themselves in their own visual, verbal and social language. 58 Ossington Ave.
Wednesday, December 16:
7:30pm. Colour Me Dragg Presents: Pocstars. It’s band night. At the Gladstone Hotel.
7:50pm. The Better Looking Film Series Presents A Hard Day’s Night @ Ezra’s Pound Cafe. Boozy hot chocolate and wine will be available. 238 Dupont St.
Thursday, December 17:
6pm. Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay @ Nathan Phillips Square. There will be an exciting stage show with amazing acrobats and music. Plus loads of free samples of stuff. Swag!
9pm. Pirate Video Cabaret @ Clinton’s. A mix of comedy and video shorts! Perfect to cheer you up after some holiday shopping. $5.
Friday, December 18:
7pm. Flappers, Vamps & Sweet Young Things @ 69 Vintage. Tomorrow Never Knows Vintage and 69 Vintage are holding a Zeigfeld Girls-themed party. Think fringe, sequins and feather boas! It’s the launch of Tomorrow Never Knows, so pick up gifts, drink and listen to great tunes. 1207 Bloor St. W.
9pm. A Starlight Burlesque Christmas @ The Blue Moon Pub. The burlesque event of the season! There will be complementary hors d’oeuvres, champagne, retro clothing vendors and a pyro-artist. What more can you ask for? 725 Queen St. E, tickets are $25 at the door.
11:30pm. The Room @ The Royal. This cult classic has drawn comparisons to Rocky Horror Picture Show and Big Lebowski with its rowdy night screenings in LA and New York. Check out the movie made as a drama that became an unintentional hit comedy. 608 College St.
Saturday, December 19:
12:30pm-5pm. Felt Gnome Workshop @ Handiwork Studio. You use coloured fleece and a needle to make a soft little gnome! Suitable for beginners. $95 includes materials – a perfect gift for the person who likes soft little kitschy things! Reserve spots at handworkstudio.ca.
2:30pm & 7pm. The Nutcracker @ The Winter Garden Theatre. This classic ballet will put even the most steadfast Scroogette in the holiday spirit. Tickets available at ticketmaster.ca.
10pm. TightKnit + Lavish&Squalor’s Xmas Party @ The Augusta House. There will be free stuff to be had, and a draw for a $250 Lavish&Squalor gift certificate. This is what the holidays are about: presents. 152 Augusta Ave.
Sunday, December 20:
1:30pm. The Nutcracker @ The Winter Garden Theatre. Tickets available at ticketmaster.ca.