AtG is a Canadian opera company. an opera and vocal works innovator. genre-defying. boundary-breaking.
A visionary experimental opera company
Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) is a multi-award-winning Canadian experimental opera company dedicated to creating boundary-breaking, genre-defying vocal works and films staged in surprising locations emphasizing innovative storytelling and memorable artistic experiences. AtG is the creator of the internationally acclaimed film Messiah/Complex and the ongoing Opera Pub series.
Established in 2010 and still evolving, AtG is committed to revitalizing the operatic art form by introducing diverse audiences to outside-the-box opera experiences, creating daring re-interpretations of classical repertoire, and offering thrilling, intimate, and unforgettable experiences shared between artists and audiences.
AtG Legacy Highlights:
An Evolving Operatic Experiment
AtG in the News
From local to global reviews and coverage, AtG is thankful to the dozens of media organizations, journalists, critics and writers who have shined a light on our experimental productions, from OperaGOTO, Schmopera, Ludwig van Toronto, and Opera Canada, to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Now Magazine, Toronto Life, CBC, Maclean’s, The Walrus, Chatelaine, Opera Wire, Broadway World, The NY Times and the BBC. This generous attention from the media has meant that AtG and its artists have been able to connect with a growing number of audiences and communities across Canada and in dozens of countries across the world: every article, interview, review and shout-out helps: Thank you.
Recognition & Awards
Since its first year of eligibility for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, AtG has been humbled to receive 32 nominations and earned awards in multiple categories for productions, including Messiah, Kopernikus, Bluebeard’s Castle, and Orphée⁺. AtG Records has also produced two JUNO-nominated albums: Ayre Live and Messiah/Complex— also shortlisted for the prestigious international Golden Prague Festival Awards. And for his work as Artistic Director of Against the Grain Theatre, Joel Ivany was included in The Globe and Mail’s prestigious Canadian Arts Heroes of 2020.