• Boxing Day Special Fest
Boxing Day to Dec. 30, The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. The Garrison takes post-holiday bargains to new heights with its five-day, five-bands-per-night fest. With Isla Craig and Saffron Sect’s old folksy styles balanced out by Vowls’ pop-electro and The Guest Bedroom’s dance-punk, these locals will have your ears ringing with the holiday spirit, in the best possible way.

See garrisontoronto.com for the full lineup.

• The Stiff Wires
Boxing Day, Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. After you’ve been thoroughly tenderized by pushy fellow shoppers, why not give a few shoves back at a sweaty punk show? Young, fast ‘n’ snotty Londonders (Ontario, that is) The Stiff Wires provide a fine soundtrack for throwing some ’bows.

• What’s In The Box?
Boxing Day to Dec. 30, Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. The Drake wows us once again with a rock-solid lineup of local acts to save you from holiday boredom. On Sunday, bands like Bishop Morocco (featuring techno great Jake Fairley and ex-Deadly Snake/Tangiers member James Sayce) hook up with By Divine Right. Monday will see sets from D’Urbervilles and Great Bloomers.

• Fred Eaglesmith
Dec. 27 to 28, Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. Not many things unite Toby Keith and Martin Scorsese, but Fred Eaglesmith is one of them. Covered by the country star and given kudos by the filmmaker, Eaglesmith has championed boho-hobo folk for two decades with plenty of accolades to show for it.

• Old School Boxing Day Blowout
Boxing Day, Footwork, 425 Adelaide St. W. Activate’s fifth annual Old School Boxing Day event features an all-star cast who all contributed heavily to our once-massive rave scene.

Returning this year is Mr. Chris Sheppard a.k.a. Dogwhistle. Also not to be missed are DJ/producers Kenny Glasgow and Mario J.

Events courtesy of: EYEWEEKLY.com

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