Opera Pub

What’s more fun than opera and a beer with friends?

About Opera Pub

AtG’s Opera Pubs are improvised, wild nights that offer up your favourite operatic arias and ensembles, performed by both established and emerging opera talent. Opera Pubs are the perfect introduction for newbies and a welcome break for opera vets who want to see something “a little different.” What’s more fun than opera and a beer with friends?

Opera Pub is headed back out west!

Opera Pub was born in Banff Legion bar in Alberta and soon after transported to Toronto, which has been the headquarters of Opera Pub over the last few years. Between astounding the Amsterdam Bicycle Club, and tearin’ up Tranzac Club, it’s safe to say we’re here to stay in the glorious GTA.

With that being said, Opera Pub is too much party for just one city, so we are #thrilledtoannounce that we’re launching Opera Pubs in Vancouver and Edmonton (supported by Edmonton Opera)!

Watch this video to learn a little more about Opera Pub! 

Or read the Schmopera article (linked below) where AtG’s founding artistic director Joel Ivany and founding Music Director Topher Mokrzewski chat about the origins of Opera Pub.

Read the Article

Times, Dates, & Locations

Location:

Tranzac Club

292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7 

For more information on the venue, you can visit their website here.

Tickets

It’s free! No tickets are required. Just show up!

But, if you want to support AtG so we can keep offering these rowdy evenings of fabulous music, you can donate by clicking the button below!

Support Opera Pub
Dates & Times

All Toronto Opera Pubs happen on the first Thursday of the month. They begin at 8 PM, but you can show up a little earlier if you wish!

See the full list of dates below!

October 6th, 2022 
November 3rd, 2022
December 1st, 2022
February 2nd, 2023
March 2nd, 2023
April 6th, 2023
May 4th, 2023

Location:

La Fabrique St.George Winery

7 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1M4, Canad

For more information on the venue, you can visit their website here.

Tickets

It’s free! No tickets are required. Just show up!

But, if you want to support AtG so we can keep offering these rowdy evenings of fabulous music, you can donate by clicking the button below!

Support Opera Pub
Dates & Times

All Vancouver Opera Pubs happen on the first Tuesday of the month. They begin at 7 PM, but you can show up a little earlier if you wish!

See the full list of dates below!

October 4th, 2022 
November 1st, 2022
December 6th, 2022
February 7th, 2023
March 7th, 2023
April 4th, 2023
May 2nd, 2023

Location:

Blue Chair

9624 76 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0K3

For more information on the venue, you can visit their website here.

Tickets

It’s free! No tickets are required. Just show up!

But, if you want to support AtG so we can keep offering these rowdy evenings of fabulous music, you can donate by clicking the button below!

Support Opera Pub
Dates & Times

All Edmonton Opera Pubs happen on the fourth Wednesday of the month. They begin at 7 PM, but you can show up a little earlier if you wish!

See the full list of dates below!

November 23rd, 2022 
December 28th, 2022
January 25th, 2023
February 22nd, 2023
March 22nd, 2023
April 26th, 2023

Creative Team

Greg Finney
Opera Pub Host (Toronto)

Greg Finney

ATG OG Gregory Finney has been around from the jump. He’s been seen in every performance of ATG’s LA BOHEME (Benoit/Alcindoro) – including the recent national tour and groundbreaking livestream in conjunction with the Banff Centre for Performing Arts and CBC Arts, as well as FIGARO’S WEDDING (Bartolo/Antonio), and #ATGMESSIAH. Having carved out a niche as a top-notch comprimario, Gregory is also a frequent feature with Toronto Operetta Theatre (HMS PINAFORE, THE MERRY WIDOW, LA BELLE HELENE), and with VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert (KAMOURASKA, STREET SCENE, DIE FREUNDE VON SALAMANKA). Gregory is also a regular contributor/reviewer for the opera blog Schmopera and has had his music interviews published in LA SCENA MUSICALE and online at OperaCanada.ca. Greggy is over the moon to be joining th Opera Pub team as host and can’t wait to pound pints and Puccini with everyone.
Opera Pub Répétiteur (Toronto)

Spencer Kryzanowski

Spencer Kryzanowski is a répétiteur and vocal coach based in Toronto. He is currently pursuing an Artistic Diploma (Répétiteur) at the University of Toronto.

Spencer believes strongly in equity, diversity, and inclusion in the rehearsal room and teaching studio. For him, creating safe, collaborative spaces where everyone's voice and input is valued is essential for all projects.

Spencer has participated in a number of prestigious programs, including the Opera in the 21st Century program at the Banff Centre and St. Andrew's Opera Workshop. Spencer recently made his European debut with Berlin Opera Academy, assisting as répétiteur on Hänsel und Gretel. Spencer’s other recent répétiteur credits include Copland's The Tender Land (UofT Opera, 2022), Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (UofT Opera, 2022), and Puccini’s La bohème (Mercury Opera, 2019 & 2020).

Spencer is so excited to be joining the Against The Grain Theatre family. What’s better than kicking back and listening to gorgeous opera hits with a beer in hand?

Opera Pub Répétiteur (Vancouver)

Perri Lo

Perri Lo is a pianist and vocal coach, working in opera, chamber music, and dance. She is passionate about intertwining these art forms, coming from a formal opera repetiteur training and working with professional dance companies and schools since 2010. Perri is currently a staff pianist at Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Most recently, she produced her first dance and art song collaboration, Quartet, featuring baritone Luka Kawabata and dancers of Ballet BC, in support of Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century Program.

Since her role as apprentice coach with the Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program (‘18-19), Perri has music directed productions with Indie Opera West companies such as ReNaissance Opera, of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. One of her most valuable experiences was touring across B.C. with Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria’s co-production of Flight of the Hummingbird (2020), a new children’s opera about climate change.

When she is not performing with singers and instrumentalists, Perri serves as B.C.’s Provincial Coordinator for Opera InReach, an artists’ collective providing accessible, innovative, and diverse opera education and mentorship for youths across Canada.

She is grateful to be creating and working on the unceded and ancestral homelands of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Wanna sing at Opera Pub?

 

The Opera Pub audience is the best audience to sing for! Good vibes only.

 

Want to belt it out with a beer in hand? Please fill out our singer application form.
(for Toronto & Vancouver only)
Opera Pub Singer Form

Opera Pub in Action

Photos by Taylor Long

Photos by Darryl Block