’Tis the season to be giving

Local music gets charitable in December

There is an upside to the period of heightened commercial fervour that precedes Christmas as the spirit of giving is in the air. Philanthropy is the recurring theme in local music and it seems just about every venue in the city is getting into it. Broken City leads the pack with OWL HOWL a benefit show for our little winged friends. The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will host an evening of folk and rock ’n’ roll on Friday December 12 with The Highwater Jug Band Erin Ross and the new and improved Jagatha Christies performing under a much more fowl-sensitive moniker The Ogden Owls .

Saturday December 13 brings a swagger to the holidays as the Garter Girls Burly-Q Revue host a rowdy evening of rockabilly at the Palomino Social Club. Bigfoot Rocketship Hurricane Felix and Eve Hell and The Razors will strut their ’50s-lovin’ stuff. It’s gearing up to be a ruckus — and with part of the night’s proceeds going to charity it’s going to be a ruckus with heart .

The following Wednesday December 17 will see a rare and very special garage rock show at The Drum & Monkey and Bamboo Tiki Lounge with local favourites The Ex-Boyfriends The Remones Pizza Record’s power-pop purveyors Hazard Lights and Bat Country all rockin’ out for the kids. What kids you say? Well the kids who are going to be really pumped that you donated an awesome toy to the Women’s Centre of Calgary which is the price of admission for this foot-shuffling evening of holiday fun.

If you’re getting exhausted from all the high-energy charity-giving excitement The Palomino will offer eager listeners something a little different on Thursday December 18 with a peformance by Montreal songwriter Mike Feuerstack’s Snailhouse. Some of Calgary’s most prolific performers Chris Vail Chris Dadge and Aaron Booth will serve as Feuerstack’s backing band. Experimental art-pop outfit Axis of Conversation will open to set the mood.

The following night December 19 will see yet another funding drive come knocking with rockers Gutterawl another charitable appearance by The Ex-Boyfriends the return of indie-pop foot-stompers Harrison Ford and the heartfelt pop of Matt Gigg and the Intellectuals all rallying around arguably the most important funding cause of the season; food. A non-perishable food item gets a couple bucks sliced off the price of admission but you don’t need that incentive right? You’ll just bring a can of chili because there are people less fortunate than you who need it right? Right?

Since you’ll have hopefully learned your lesson about empathy and generosity by the end of this long string of benefit shows the last week of the month offers some lucrative opportunities to party for partying’s sake. First is a covers-night extravaganza at The Marquee Room on Saturday December 27. Four bands will tackle four albums by legendary ’80s underground rock band The Replacements. The bands themselves have yet to be announced but with members of all-ages champions SIDS rumoured to be plugging in the evening is already gearing up to be a must-see. Sloth records’ annual Xmas party at the Hifi Club follows on Monday December 29 featuring Calgary rock elder-statesmen Hot Little Rocket and another appearance by Axis of Conversation. Last up is Broken City’s exciting New Year’s Eve bash with the brain-frying power of post-punk rockers Sharp Ends and a very special one-off reunion show of last summer’s punk princes The Dirty Dirty North .