Radar: White Cowbell Oklahoma XXX-Mas Show, Crystal Castles DJ at Wrongbar, Mouthparts and Wings Christmas Show, Canadian Hip Hop Showcase, Still Life Still at the Velvet Underground, Wu-Tang Party

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Events on Toronto's Radar for FRIDAY DECEMBER 18, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

MUSIC | White Cowbell Oklahoma 10th Anniversary XXX-Mas Explosion
Live shows by Canadian shock rock cowboy outfit White Cowbell Oklahoma are a sight to behold, with wet t-shirt contests and ejaculating rubber penises complementing the raucous sound of the country's best boogie-rockers. It's hard to imagine how they'll top their regular performances at tonight's all-star anniversary show, but you can bet it will be loud, crude, and awesome. Maximum RNR and the Organ Thieves open.
Lee's Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., $15 advance, $18 door, 10 pm

PARTY | Lies with The Crystal Castles
The Crystal Castles man the decks at this new party that Wrongbar is calling "Lies." The shit-hot electro duo will supposedly be spinning every month at the Queen West spot, and tonight are joined by Mikey Apples and T-dot institution Shit La Merde. Expect wall to wall electro, punk, and new wave, and if you're lucky some wall-scaling antics by CC's always adventurous (not to mention super sexy) frontwoman Alice Glass.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W., $10, 10 pm

MUSIC | Thank God It's Not Another Xmas Party
It's true, this isn't just another holiday jam. Four of the hottest names in indie rock hit the Velvet Underground tonight in Dinosaur Bones, the Junction, Still Life Still and the Meligrove Band, and for some reason it's completely free! The show is brought to you by XM Radio show the Verge, which has been an active promoter of unsigned and indie label bands these past few years, giving many up-and-comers nationwide exposure. Show up early 'cause it's gonna be packed if the Facebook responses are any indication.
The Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W., Free, 7 pm

MUSIC | Mouthparts and Wings Christmas Show
The Mouthparts and Wings project helps to foster indie music in Toronto by gathering together like-minded musicians. This weekend the project brings a host of singer-songwriters together for two Christmas shows to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and tonight's lineup is a who's who of established Toronto musicians. Hawksley Workman, Luke Doucet, Justin Rutledge, Dave Bidini, Celina Martin, Kurt Swinghammer and more will grace the stage, and the event is hosted by the ever-charming singer Mia Sheard.
The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., $18, 8 pm

PARTY | Shaolinn Knights: The Third Annual Wu-Tang Party
Augusta House pays tribute to Staten Island streetwise troubadours the Wu-Tang Clan tonight with an all-Wu party. It's gonna be nothing but bangers from RZA, GZA, U-God, Masta Killa, ODB and the rest of the crew all night, and I suspect a lot of drunken white people shouting "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nothing to Fuck With!" This one's comin' at ya straight from the 36 chambers.
Augusta House, 152 Augusta Ave., 10 pm

CLUB | Canadian Hip Hop Showcase
The future's looking bright for young Toronto rapper Drake, the Scarberian emcee who's been taken under the wing of Lil' Wayne and was nominated for a Grammy last week. But Drake and the rest of this city's rappers owe a lot to hip hop pioneer Choclair, who blazed a trail for with a string of singles starting in the 1990s that were embraced by mainstream and underground audiences alike and helped create a platform for Canadian rappers to be heard. Choclair headlines this night that showcases some of the best in the nation's emcees, and joining him will be JDIGGZ, Bishop Brigante and Verse.
Circa, 126 John St., 10 pm

MUSIC | We Are Busybodies Five Year Anniversary Show
The We Are Busybodies record label is only five years old, but already has amassed an impressive stable of artists that includes Cuff the Duke, the Meligrove Band, and John Rae and the River. Tonight they mark their fifth birthday with a show by noise-rock artistes DD/MM/YYY, Mayor McCa, the Germans and, according to the bill "a band that shares its name with a French town." I won't spoil the secret, but the mystery band also shares its name with a New York City baseball team.
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W., $5 with a perishable food item, $10 without, 9 pm

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