Banff Kopernikus Against the Grain Theatre

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Established in 2010, Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) is an award-winning Canadian opera company with a vision to evolve the nature and perception of what opera can be. 

AtG has grown to become a vital voice in the Canadian operatic landscape using voice and music in collaboration with other artistic mediums to tell stories that speak to the circumstances of a modern audience, pushing the boundaries of the traditional definition of opera. The arts community has embraced AtG, and—of equal importance—so has a much wider, more diverse audience of people who may have never considered attending an opera.

Toronto Life has called AtG “the city’s most inventive company,” and since our first year of eligibility for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, AtG has received over 25 nominations. 

Company Info


AtG evolves the nature and perception of what opera can be.


AtG is a Canadian company that creates genre-bending, boundary-breaking operatic and vocal works by weaving together memorable artistic experiences with diverse storytelling.


AtG values: 

  • Compassion – We employ a holistic, people-centred approach, prioritizing the well-being of those we engage with.
  • Belonging – We commit to continuously fostering brave spaces that support all people in engaging fully, in particular, those whose voices have been historically excluded.
  • Accessibility – We create space and eliminate barriers for all to participate in our initiatives. 
  • Collaboration – We value and prioritize a collaborative organizational culture, and are a partner of choice for artists, arts organizations, and arts allies in our community.

AtG Milestones

Messiah/Complex in the New York Times
We still can't believe it. Seeing our work written about in the New York Times was a huge moment for us.
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Two Juno Award Nominations
We've released two album out of our in-house record label, AtG Records. Both releases—AYRE:Live (2019) & Messiah/Complex (2021)—have been nominated for JUNO Awards!
Orphée⁺ wins 5 Dora Awards!
Orphée⁺ (2018) was an exciting spectacle to say the least! At the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, we won 5 categories in the opera division, including "Best Production."
Opera Canada Article
La bohème Tour & Live-Stream (2019)
In 2019, we took our signature production of La bohème on tour, hitting up bars in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the Yukon. This same production also became Canada's first live-stream of a professional opera! It was hosted by CBC on October 13th, 2019.


How you can support! 💥

We have big dreams! HUGE, in fact, and we could use your support.

Join us on our mission to help develop the audiences of the future, keep opera vibrant and youthful, and employ the most brilliant emerging artists this country has to offer.

Find out how you can get involved! 👇


Our 2022/2023 season marks our return to LIVE opera. 

Every donation makes has big impact on our work. Consider supporting us with a monthly or one-time donation.

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