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New Year’s Eve Picks

New Year’s Eve can make going out such a hassle. It can mean paying $50 to get into a bar you can usually get into for free and the most reliable way to get home is the vomit comet.

This might be enough to have you heading for the hills (or a cottage) but before you do, consider this list of New Year’s shows. We’ve got everything covered: from BSS royalty to Toronto’s most epic house party. We might not be able to help you get a cab, but these listings will definitely make the first night of 2014 one to remember.

New Year’s Eve at Tranzac

What: TRANZAC is the Toronto Australia New Zealand Club and despite it’s exclusive sounding name, it is actually a very welcoming place. Especially on New Year’s Eve when they’ll be opening the doors for Hooded Fang, Kashka, Weaves, and MALOO (Maylee Todd’s solo project), among others.

Where: Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue
When: 8:00 pm
How Much: $15 in advance from Rotate This, Soundscapes, or at Tranzac, $17 at the door (includes complimentary champagne toast at midnight)

New Year’s Baby at Andy Pool Hall

What: It’s been some time since Broken Social Scene played together but you can ring in the New Year with DJ sets from two ex-BSS members at Andy Poolhall. Brendan Canning and Justin Peroff are just two of the DJs that will be spinning on New Year’s Eve. And at this pool hall, you might actually be able to grab a table that without having to get bottle service.
Where: Andy Poolhall, 489 College Street
When: 10:00 pm
How Much: $20 online or Soundscapes


The Sadies at The Horseshoe Tavern
What: The Sadies will be playing two sets at the Horseshoe this New Year’s Eve. The first will start in 2013 at 11:15pm, and the second in 2014 at 1:15am. We really can’t think of a better place for Toronto’s darling band to play on New Year’s Eve. They recently released a new album too, so it will be a great chance to hear those new songs live.
Where: Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West
When: Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 10:00 pm
How Much: $25 at The Horseshoe’s front bar, Soundscapes, or Rotate This.

NYE TORONTO Alt-Country at Lee’s Palace

What: If country or folk music is your thing, Lee’s Palace is your place on New Year’s. Lee’s will be hosting Elliot BROOD, whose music has been described as everything from revival rock to death country. They’ve opened for Wilco, The Sadies, and Do Make Say Think, among others. They win awards too: Junos, XM/Sirius Indies, and best of all the 2011 CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award for The Most Canadian Song “Northern Air”.

Where: Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street West
When: Doors at 8:00 pm, show at 9:00 pm
How Much: $22.50 in advance from Soundscapes, Rotate This or Ticketfly, $25 at the door

NYE @ 159 Manning The Legend Continues

What: Normally we wouldn’t invite you to someone else’s house party, but this is a special house party. 159 Manning has hosted parties at New Year’s, Canadian Music Week and NXNE. While it’s not an official venue during these events, it’s a venue that’s been played by The Darcys and Buck 65 among others. For a full backgrounder on 159 Manning’s activities, check out Timothy Alexander McCready’s blog. There will be more live music this year, more details will be released on their Facebook page in the coming days. BYOB.

Where: 159 Manning Avenue
When: 9:00 pm
How Much: $10 at the door, $15 after 1:00 am



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