The first Thursday of every month
Next event: April 2, 2020, 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.”

AtG Artist Director Joel Ivany and Music Director Topher Mokrzewski chatted with Jenna Douglas at Schmopera about the idea behind Opera Pub.

“Opera Pub brings this most secret of pleasures to astonished newcomers.”—The Globe and Mail

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

2019/2020 Dates

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 Cancelled
9pm, May 7, 2020 Cancelled

(Summer hiatus: every June–September)


FREE admission
Discounted beer
So much spaghetti


Amsterdam Bicycle Club
54 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5E 1A6


Creative Team

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David Eliakis

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.


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