It’s that time of year again: ugly sweaters, work parties and eggnog latte-fuelled exam cramming. Grab your wooliest coat and catch one of our top five must-see gigs.
1) For 10 years, Toronto’s The Flatliners have been making punk music that mixes the intensity of ’90s skate punk with a classic approach to songwriter. The four-piece play a hometown show at The Opera House on Dec. 14. Ticket info here.
2) Moncton, N.B.’s punk-influeced hard rock group, the Motorleague play a hometown show on Dec. 15 at Plan B. Ticket info here.
3) When they announced their breakup in 2011, the Juno-winning post-hardcore band Alexisonfire promised fans they would eventually reunite for a farewell tour. The six-piece plays the Shaw Conference Centre in Alberta as one of their final fifteen dates. Ticket info here.
4) Rock duo Japandroids, whose 2012 release Celebration Rock is currently enjoying top billing on a handful of critics and music blogs “best of” lists, play at the University of Saskatchewan’s Louis Pub on Dec. 18. Ticket info here.
5) In Windsor, folk rockers Wool on Wolves — who met while studying at the University of Alberta, team up with Toronto’s Great Bloomers for a Thursday gig at the Phog. More info here.
Check out Wool on Wolves’ acoustic performance of their track Medicine Shows on Balcony TV.