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Urban Planner: February 19, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: A free dance performance by Peggy Baker, the inaugural That Was Great comedy show, Write Club returns, and Brazilian Dance at Harbourfront Centre.

Contemporary dance legend Peggy Baker puts on a free show today. Photo by Chris Hutcheson.

Contemporary dance legend Peggy Baker puts on a free show courtesy of the COC today. Photo by Chris Hutcheson.


CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Acclaimed contemporary dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker presents a lunchtime show courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company today. She and her dancers will perform to eclectic pieces by Alexander Scriabin, John Cage, and Michael J. Baker, all played by pianist John Kameel Farah. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre (145 Queen Street West), 12 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: There’s a new comedy show in town! Tonight, That Was Great holds its inaugural event, hosted by comedians Amanda Brooke Perrin and Mikey Kolberg. Join them for a night of standup, as well as silly sketches and chats with performers Chris Locke, Deborah Etta Robinson, Alex Pavone, Ben Beauchemin, and Nick Flanagan. There will also be a special musical performance by Darryl Orr and the Darryl Orr Six. The Central (603 Markham Street), 8 p.m., FREE.

LIVE LIT: The Write Club reconvenes tonight for another live literary battle in support of various charities. How does it work? Two writers go head to head with opposing ideas in four seven-minute rounds. The winner of each round gets proceeds from the door donated to their charity of choice. Tonight’s word warriors are David Heti, Aaron Berg, Miriam Verberg, Evan Davies, Steve Patrick Adams, Jess Beaulieu, Mikaela Dyke, and Matt Esteves. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $10.

WORLD DANCE: Heat things up tonight with the Harbourfront World Stage presentation of two dance routines, Sem Mim and Ímã, by Grupo Corpo, a dance troupe from Brazil. This double bill features a mixture of classical ballet technique with contemporary Brazilian and world dance forms. Queen’s Quay Terminal, Fleck Dance Theatre, 3rd Floor (207 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $50, $40 for seniors.

UPDATE: February 19, 2013, 11:05 AM Nick Flanagan will be performing instead of Sam Rudykoff in That Was Great tonight.

Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

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