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Scarlett O’Terror hoists the victor’s belt at a previous Women’s Arm Wrestling Championship event at 751. Photo by Becca Lemire.
In today’s Urban Planner, motorcycle enthusiasts converge downtown; women play country songs, crack wise, and arm wrestle for good causes; concerts for rock, punk, and dance fans; and comedy fit for kings and queens at Bread and Circus.
VROOM: Local bikers (leather, not spandex-clad pinkos) will be in nirvana this weekend at the Toronto Motorcycle Show. 2011 editions of rides from Harley Davidson, BMW, Triumph and more will be on display, with many special exhibits and events planned, and get this: tonight, after 5 p.m., it’s ladies night—they get in free! (So do kids six and under, all day.) Metro Convention Centre, south entrance (222 Bremner Boulevard), 10 a.m.–10 p.m., $10–$16.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Torontoist’s own Dean Bradley is opening his new photo exhibition entitled Matadors at a chocolatier’s tonight, in a sure-to-be tasty reception. His colourful series about the elegant but violent sport includes framed bar codes that smartphone users can scan to look at additional pictures and information while browsing. Delight Chocolates (805 Queen Street West), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Strong-armed (and willed) ladies will roll up their sleeves for charity and a chance at the victor’s belt at tonight’s Women’s Arm Wrestling Championship event. It’s an open sign-up, and over-the-top costumes, monikers, and personalities are encouraged; all money raised is going to the Red Door Family Shelter. 751 (751 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $2 to wrestle, $3 to watch.
FUNDRAISER: The Tranzac, whose fundraising concert series and campaign is proving very successful, is producing another quality show to benefit the club tonight, anchored by country favourites One Hundred Dollars, and featuring soulful sisters The Pining and chameleon comedian Kathleen Phillips. The Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 9 p.m., $12.
MUSIC: The eight-hundred-pound gorilla of tonight’s concerts is the second and final night of the Broken Social Scene shows (with recently announced openers The Beauties). Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), 8 p.m., $30. But punk fans are sure to choose Hits and Misses’ Xmas Jam; it’s Belgian legends The Kids‘ first-ever show in Toronto, and Brutal Knights‘ reportedly last-ever local show. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $15. Those who just want to dance, meanwhile, will be heading to Silent Shout, for a great triple-bill of Bocce, Light Fires, and Secrettes. Terenga (159 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., $5.
COMEDY: Sandra Battaglini and Phil Luzi present holiday comedy fit for nobility with The Royal Family, a late night of entertainment featuring Melissa D’Agostino, Kayla Lorette, Cleopatra Williams, and more. Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 10 p.m., $15.