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Toronto: Against the Grain’s “La Bohème” has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards

Friday, April 9, 2021

Exciting news! #LaBohème has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards – Best Performing Arts Program and Best Direction TV Movie. A huge congratulations to the entire cast and crew, and a special thank you to our incredible partners CBC Arts and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. #LaBohème was Canada's first professional livestream of an opera, and it's available on CBC Gem now! 

Watch the Full La Bohème Stream Here!

The program is a livestream of Puccini's classic La Bohème, live from Toronto's historic Tranzac Club. The acclaimed 19th-century opera has been reimagined with a contemporary twist by Against the Grain Theatre, which sees the Italian libretto translated into English and transports you from Paris's Latin-quarter to your local Canadian bar

On September 27, La Bohème hit the road on a cross-Canada tour kicking things off in Banff, Alberta. They'll be performing in bars across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and Ontario, then landing in Toronto for a two-week residency.

Presented by Against the Grain Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and CBC Arts, we'll be livestreaming La Bohème straight to your living room (or cell phone). Think the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD but scrappier. The La Bohème broadcast will be hosted by CBC's Lindsay Michael, co-host and producer of Podcast Playlist and a trained opera singer herself.

La Bohème follows a group of young artists through life, love and loss. Rodolfo (Marcel d'Entremont), is an aspiring screenplay writer who falls in love with Mimì (Jonelle Sills), a florist and sewing enthusiast. Meanwhile their friend Marcello (Clarence Frazer), an OCAD U-trained illustrator, is in an on-and-off again relationship with his flirty, unfaithful sweetheart, Musetta (Danika Lorèn). La Bohème is directed by AtG founder and artistic director Joel Ivany with music director David Eliakis at the piano.

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