#AtGBoheme — A modern love story sung in English. At a dive bar.

The AtG production that started it all, and uprooted opera from the opera house. Our modern adaptation and English translation of the Puccini classic shifted the tale of struggling artists to the present-day, and unfolded entirely inside a historic dive bar in the heart of Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

This fall, we tour the fully-staged remount of our acclaimed, groundbreaking English “transladaptation” of the Puccini classic. Presenting to between Banff and Toronto; ending at the historic Tranzac Club.

The story is set in modern-day Toronto. We’re not at Café Momus, but at The Tranzac Club: the most comforting dive bar in the heart of the Annex. This is La Bohème. Experience it (with a beer in hand) for the first time.

#AtGBoheme is sung in English, with a new English libretto by Joel Ivany. The performance is 2.5 hours with one 30-minute intermission.


September 27 — Banff, Alberta
September 28 — Calgary, Alberta
September 30 — Medicine Hat, Alberta
October 1 — Regina, Saskatchewan
October 2 — Brandon, Manitoba
October 4 — Winnipeg, Manitoba
October 5 — Kenora, Ontario
October 6 — Thunder Bay, Ontario
October 8 — Sudbury, Ontario
October 11 to October 25 — Tranzac Club, Toronto, Ontario


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Happening in dive bars across central Canada
Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2

Gallery (2017 Production)


"A bold debut production for a fledgling company whose goal is to reinterpret the theatrical experience."

− The Toronto Star

Press from AtG’s past productions

This La Bohème belongs in the bar | The Toronto Star
“A bold debut production for a fledgling company whose goal is to reinterpret the theatrical experience.”

La Bohème | Toronto Life
“This adaptation retains Puccini’s characters and music, so purists will still find something to marvel at.”

Against the Grain’s La Bohème is back for round 2 | The Globe and Mail
“The show was a hit and the company that presented it announced itself as a force to be reckoned with in Toronto and Canada’s musical/operatic scene.”

BWW Review: Rent in Toronto Meets Opera in Against the Grain Theatre’s LA BOHÈME | Broadway World
“This production is the perfect introduction for opera newbies and a breath of fresh air for opera lovers.”

Bohème Against the Grain (Remount) | barczablog
“Joel Ivany’s adaptation moved us into present-day Toronto, and it wasn’t just a thrill.  It was a happening.”

La Bohème, The Canadian Way | Charlebois Post
“One of the most entertaining ideas I’ve ever had at an opera. The English lyrics were fresh, often cheeky, and immediately engaging.”

Creative Team

Joel Ivany

Stage Director & Librettist

Adriana Bogaard

Set & Costume Designer

Imogen Wilson

Production Manager

Kaitlyn Smith

Stage Manager

Rebecca Durocher

Tour Manager


Marcel D’entremont


Jonelle Sills


Clarence Frazer


Danika Lorèn


Andrew Adridge


Giles Tomkins


Greg Finney


Carl Lyons