This weekend: a model railroad, a comedy quiz show, a warmup for the Canadian Comedy Awards, and more.
RAILROADS: Ever wanted a railroad for Christmas? At the Romance of the Rails 2012 Holiday Show, you can check out the largest permanent model train collection in Canada. And this is one of your last chances to see it: it’s being dismantled in 2013, to make way for condos. The Model Railroad Club of Toronto (171 East Liberty Street, Suite B1), Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., $10 adults/$8 seniors/$6 kids.
COMEDY: Check out a holiday special of The Panel Show, where some of the dumbest news stories of the year will be spotlighted and mocked. Featuring comedians Debra DiGiovanni, Mike Kiss, Ned Petrie, Chris Leveille, and David Tichauer. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 8 p.m., $10.
SKATING: DJ Skate Nights, the weekly winter skating series, is going full-on Bollywood. DJ Baba Kahn will be transporting attendees to a world of East Indian rhythms. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday, 8 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Prepare yourself for a blast from the past. Once again, Toronto’s ultimate retro party, PANIC, returns for a night of hits from the ’80s and ’90s. This weekend’s edition puts a special focus on Pet Shop Boys (“West End Girls” would be pretty fitting considering the location of the venue) and also includes picks from genres like new wave, Brit pop, and shoegaze. Velvet Underground (510 Queen Street West), Saturday, 10 p.m.–3 a.m., $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after.
COMEDY: The Canadian Comedy Awards are quickly approaching, and the public is invited to check out a live-taping of the submissions. Aside from getting to see potential nominees in action, you’ll also get a chance to vote for the best of the night. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Sunday, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows, $10 for one show, or $30 for both shows plus a CCA membership.
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