Today: a free concert with "Sweetheart of Swing" Alex Pangman, the One-Of-a-Kind Bike Show, and the Word Festival celebrates Charles Dickens' bicentennial year.
MUSIC: Alex Pangman, Canada’s “Sweetheart of Swing,” gives a performance as part of the Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series. Tonight, she brings new life to the jazz standards of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Join her and her quartet, The Alleycats, as they perform songs from 33, her newest album. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre (145 Queen Street West), 5:30 p.m., FREE.
CRAFTS: Racking your brain for the perfect gift idea for the cyclist in your life? Well, as luck would have it, we have an oddly specific solution. Tonight’s One-of-a-Kind Bike Show showcases the unique works of five local and international artisans. Noah Rosen (VéloColour), Suzanne Carlsen (Poka Cycle Accessories), David Atkinson (Hearts and Champions), Hannah Cross (Hannmaid), and Andrea Dankaninova (Velo Silk) will all be participating. Attendees can peruse bicycle-related art, jewellery, and accessories. La Bicicletta (1180 Castlefield Avenue), 6 p.m.–8 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: This year, The Word Festival celebrates the 200th year since Charles Dickens’ birth with four days of readings, musical performances, and theatrical events. At the forefront is the award-winning Dickens’ Women. Created and performed by British actress Miriam Margolyes, this one-woman play exalts Dickens’ most memorable female characters. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane, Building 49), 8 p.m., $30–$40, students $20.
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