The first Thursday of every month
Next event: November 7, 2019, 9pm–11pm
Location: Amsterdam Bicycle Club
There’s a bar in Toronto where you can hear live opera—for free—with a pint in hand: this is AtG’s Opera Pub.
About Against the Grain Theatre’s Opera Pubs:
Running the first Thursday of every month, AtG Opera Pub nights are improvised, wild nights that offer up your favourite beer on tap with a side of operatic arias and ensembles, performed by both established and emerging opera talent. Free admission, discounted pints of beer. It’s the perfect introduction for newbies and a welcome break for opera vets who you want to see something “a little different.”
Placing opera inside a bar put Against the Grain Theatre on the artistic map of Toronto and, since then, the company has grown into an operatic force in Canada. Yet even while creating new works for the Banff Centre and Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Against the Grain has maintained its monthly opera pub night…offer[ing] patrons one more chance to have a pint alongside some of the city’s best singers.—Toronto Star
Duration/What Time Should I Show Up?: Musical performances begin at 9pm and wrap by 11pm. We perform 3–4 sets of 15 minutes and take a break between each set to refresh our drinks and chat with the audience.
1) You can arrive super early and enjoy dinner/drinks before the show (and try to grab seats and a table). Doors at 7:00pm for the Livestream — it’s usually standing-room-only after 8:00pm.
2) Join us for the late-night set, starting at 10pm, and ending around 10:30pm/11pm. More seats and tables become available at this time.
Photos by Darryl Block
9pm, October 3, 2019
9pm, November 7, 2019
9pm, December 5, 2019
9pm, January 2, 2020
9pm, February 6, 2020
9pm, March 5, 2020
9pm, April 2, 2020
9pm, May 7, 2020
(Summer hiatus: every June–September)
So much spaghetti
Amsterdam Bicycle Club
54 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5E 1A6
"It has the feeling of an after party when musicians kick back, loosen up and playfully make music with their friends"− Musical Toronto
"Opera truly is best consumed live, and it’s hard to get more real-life than in a cozy pub."− Schmopera
"It was loud, it was fun and the audience, not all of whom I suspect knew what they were in for, stayed."− Opera Ramblings
"There are few events in the Canadian opera scene that have garnered as much hype as the Opera Pubs presented by Toronto's Against the Grain Theatre."− Schmopera
"Opera Pub brings this most secret of pleasures to astonished newcomers."− The Globe and Mail
Artistic Associate & Opera Pub Host
Pianist, voice coach, host and lecturer David Eliakis has collaborated with some of Canada’s finest singers and has worked with world-renowned artists such as Isabel Bayrakdarian, Warren Jones, Julius Rudel, and Sir Martin Isepp. After graduating from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, David was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant to study privately with Warren Jones in New York City. David’s performances have taken him to the stages of Brazil, Switzerland, England (where he was a finalist in the Wigmore Hall Song Competition), Germany, Bermuda, and the Maritime Provinces. He currently works as a collaborative pianist and voice coach at the University of Toronto and The Royal Conservatory of Music. This year he will also be seen in the Friday Night Flights series at the University of Toronto as a guest lecturer and joins us a regular host of AtG’s Opera Pubs.