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Toronto Motorcycle Show

Weekend Roundup, December 9 to 11

Friday: Relive your Royal Conservatory days through Two Pianos Four Hands

Friday, December 9
Follow along with the melodies made by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, the actor-musicians behind the hit comedy Two Pianos Four Hands, a hilarious and poignant story about two lives transformed by piano teachers, lessons and competitions. The show’s recently extended run continues at the Panasonic Theatre.

Listen to a Latin take on holiday music at Koerner Hall in A Salsa Christmas, performed by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra under the direction of world-renowned pianist, arranger and producer Oscar Hernández.

Get a first look at The Power Plant’s two new exhibitions at their free opening reception. The gallery’s winter exhibits showcase reflections on poignant moments in cultural history by Canadian Stan Douglas and an international collective of young artists.

There’s two more days of merriment after the jump!

Weekend Roundup, January 7 to 9

Friday: Witness the Duel of Ages at the Next Stage Theatre Festival

The weekend immediately following the revelry of New Year’s is a quiet one for many people. But if you’re still itching to get out, Toronto’s got you covered.

Friday, January 7th
Start your weekend with some drama courtesy of the annual Next Stage Theatre Festival. Tonight’s programming includes a history of personal combat in Duel of Ages and the intriguing whodunit Fairytale Ending.

Treat the family to a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Among its numerous current exhibitions is a collection of four shows united under the title Animal Tales: Beasts, Toys and Fables. These displays feature bright and dynamic images celebrating the magic of visual storytelling, and particularly emphasize the fables of Aesop and the illustrations of Walter Trier.

The Second City has extended performances of its latest hit, Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes. Act fast to get tickets—you don’t want to miss out on discovering just how awesomely wicked this show really is.

Saturday: Take a spin on the Natrel Rink

Saturday, January 8th
It’s not to early to think about summer—and, particularly, how you’ll spend time on the water. So make your way to the Direct Energy Centre, which hosts the Toronto International Boat Show. Among the expo’s highlights are the world’s largest indoor lake, which features wakeboarding and boat-handling demonstrations.

Step back in time a couple of decades at the Horseshoe Tavern, which celebrates Canadian music of the 1980s as part of the Juno Decades 40th Anniversary Concert Series. Featured artists include Maestro Fresh Wes and Platinum Blonde.

Take a spin around Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink tonight while DJ Medicineman drops a hot mix of global grooves and electro hits. The pulsing music is sure to take the edge off of winter’s chill.

Sunday: See the Ontario Science Centre's mythic beasties for a final time

Sunday, January 9th
Just west of the city, Mississauga’s International Centre hosts the North American International Motorcycle Supershow, featuring more than 500 exhibitors and 1,000 motorcycles. These bikes will excite as you ride on over for seminars, a showbike competition and more.

Whether on foot, by car, or on the back of a beast, be certain to travel to the Ontario Science Centre. Its Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids exhibition, which explore the mystical world of the mythical creatures, concludes today.

Welcome the Toronto Raptors as they return from the road. Today the National Basketball Association squad—featuring rising stars like Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan—take on the Sacramento Kings.

Hot Entertainment: Two-Wheeled View

DECEMBER 10 TO 12 Does the sight of chrome, leather and rubber—practically begging to be “burned”—get your heart racing? The Toronto Motorcycle Show offers all that and more. The expo, of course, features previews of the newest bikes and gear from manufacturers like Honda, Ducati and Harley-Davidson, but road warriors can also learn about motorcycle groups and events at Rider Nation, and meet celebrity riders in the Full Throttle Theatre and Lounge. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to
5 p.m., adults $16, kids (6 to 15) $10; call 1-888-695-2677 or visit here for more information.

Weekend Roundup, December 11th to 13th

Escape the holiday stress and mess at the malls! Between a motorcycle show, a craft fair and an icy dip in the lake, there are plenty of options to keep this weekend stimulating and hassle-free.

Friday: Check out the hogs of the Toronto Motorcycle Show

Friday: Check out the hogs of the Toronto Motorcycle Show

Friday, December 11th
Channel tough biker chic as you check out highly coveted Hondas, Harley-Davidsons, scooters and new motor models at the Toronto Motorcycle Show. Ladies can get in for free after 5 p.m. for the special She Rides Night.

Be swept away by the sinuous sounds of Dr. Draw’s violin as he and his band fuse jazz, rock, electronica and classical influences for a highly energetic Holiday Extravaganza at Hugh’s Room.

Flock to the ultra-swanky supper club Ultra for its famous Flock Fridays dinners and lively DJ dance parties. As you sup or spin, Ultra’s elves will decide if you have been naughty or nice.

Embark on a foolhardy, seafaring musical adventure at The Music Gallery, where two Berlin-based artists present The Ship of Fools, an avant-garde multimedia performance based on a 15th-century text.

Saturday: Cuddly sock monkeys are among the items available at the City of Craft sale

Saturday: Cuddly sock monkeys are among the items available at the City of Craft sale

Saturday, December 12th
Browse through limited-edition books, zines, graphic novels and other literary goodies at the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, which also features a special reading by 2009 Toronto Book Award winner Austin Clarke.

Help construct a Garbage Dress—one of the installations at the City of Craft sale—by donating old clothes, scrap fabric, buttons and other materials. Then pick up unique, handcrafted goods from the participating vendors while meandering along Queen Street West.

Loosen up with some drinks and enjoy an evening of soul, jazz and hip hop at The Rivoli, as bands like The Breakdown, Blues Underdog and Two Crown King perform their funky musical sets.

Sunday: Brave an icy lake for polar bears' sake

Sunday: Brave an icy lake for polar bears' sake

Sunday, December 13th
Fancy a quick dip in the icy lake? Participate in the 2009 Polar Bear Swim at the Sunnyside Beach. The frigid plunge supports the On Thin Ice campaign, which is dedicated to saving Ontario’s polar bears from extinction.

Sample butter tarts, carrot puddings, fruitcakes and other sweet treats at the Royal Ontario Museum as food experts and lecturers discuss the cultural history of Canadian desserts.

Watch the English-language premiere of The Salon Automaton, a burlesque confrontation between actress Nathalie Claude and three robots playing The Dandy Poet, The Cabaret Artist and The Drinking Patroness, on stage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.