Radar: Women's Arm Wrestling Championship, the Glamour Gala, Love, Saskatchewan, Masala! Mehndi! Masti!, Gasland, Some Old Bull$h*t
SPORTS | Women's Arm Wrestling Championship
The city's strongest women engage in hand-to-hand combat for a good cause tonight, twisting wrists in an arm wrestling competition for the sake of the the Red Door Women's Shelter. With names like Jackie O'Nasty, LumberJacked, and Queen Victorious, you know these ladies mean business. Prizes will be given out for best fake name, best costume, first place and runner up, and local indie group Dentata performs. If only more Queen West bars would embrace the truck stop vibe.
751, 751 Queen Street West, $3, 8 pm
BURLESQUE | Toronto Burlesque Festival: the Glamour Gala
The Toronto Burlesque Festival rolls on tonight with the Glamour Gala, an all-star revue featuring the legendary Satan's Angel, Skin Tight Outta Sight's Tanya Cheex, Roxy Dlite, Naked Girls Reading founder Michelle L'Amour, and more. You can also check out the Tease 'n Twirl Marketplace, offering up all the pasties, tassels, and sexy accessories any glamour girl could ever need to recreate the burlesque experience in the privacy of her own home.
Revival, 783 College Street, $30 advance, $35 door, 8 pm
FESTIVAL | Love, Saskatchewan
It's big, it's full of wheat, and it's out there somewhere. Saskatchewan is an unknown entity for most Canadians east of Regina, but the Love, Saskatchewan festival aims to bring the culture of the prairie province a little closer to home. A line up of artists and performers from Rough Rider country takes over Harbourfront for the next three days, including a cowboy-themed art exhibition, a live reading from farmer radio station BERTradio's Jack Humeny, a performance from fiddler Karrnel, and a set from Saskatoon trio Wide Mouth Mason. Runs til Sunday.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Free, Friday 10 am - 12:30 am, Saturday 10 am - 2 am, Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
FESTIVAL | Masala! Mehndi! Masti!
The largest festival of South Asian culture in North America takes over Exhibition Place this weekend, offering up three days of musical performances, food vendors, and parties. The Meena Bazaar and Community Lane will save you a trip to the streets of Mumbai by offering up the latest in South Asian fashion, while the VIP Party to mark the festival's tenth anniversary. Runs til Sunday.
Exhibition Place, 200 Princes Boulevard, most events free except for afterparties, Friday 6 pm - 2 am, Saturday 12 pm - 2 am, Sunday 12 pm - 8 pm
FILM | Gasland
With the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico having already irreparably damaged the marine ecosystem, and a spill in China threatening to become the region's worst ever, it's clear that our addiction to oil is a major problem. But according to Gasland, a documentary by American Josh Fox, our dependance on natural gas is just as damaging. The Sundance prize-winning film travels into the American heartland to reveal the dangerous ways the gas industry is extracting large deposits of fuel right from under the feet of rural communities, and how aggressive techniques have resulted in the contamination of water sources. In one scene that will surely become iconic in the debate over fossil fuels, Fox found contamination was so bad in one Pennsylvania town that residents could light their tap water on fire. Runs til Wednesday.
The Royal, 608 College Street, General admission $10, Students $8, Friday to Wednesday 7 pm, additional screenings Friday 9 pm, Sunday 4:30 pm
PARTY | Some Old Bull$h*t
When Carl W. Heindl isn't busy taking some next level photos, he's building up an impressive collection of greasy garage rock from the 50s and 60s. Tonight he takes over the front room of the Ossington to spin sleazy tunes from the golden era of motown, surf, and early rock. He's helpfully posted a sample playlist for your listening pleasure, and is foregoing charging cover so that you can spend your hard earned cash on some alcoholic drinks instead. What a sweetheart.
The Ossington, 61 Ossington Avenue, Free, 10 pm
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