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This reimagined version of La Bohème is set in a Toronto bar

Tune in on October 13 at 8pm ET (8:30pm NT) for Canada's first-ever livestream of a professional opera.

Tune in on October 13 at 8pm ET (8:30pm NT) for Canada's first-ever livestream of a professional opera

Stream La Bohème now on CBC Gem.

We're bringing opera to the people this Thanksgiving! On October 13, tune in to CBC Gem or on YouTube for 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.

Audiences can tune in on October 13 at 8pm ET (8:30pm NT) on CBC Gem and worldwide on the CBC Arts YouTube channel.

Update: the live stream has ended. Check back soon to watch it on CBC Gem, or watch it on YouTube, below.

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Want to see La Bohème live on their cross-Canada tour? Tickets are available at

Tour dates:

Wednesday, Oct 2 - Brandon, MB - Westman Centennial Auditorium at 7:30pm

Friday, Oct 4 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret at 7:30pm

Saturday, Oct 5 - Kenora, ON - Bob's Burger Bar at 7:30pm

Sunday, Oct 6 - Thunder Bay, ON - Red Lion Smokehouse at 7:30pm

Tuesday, Oct 8 - Sudbury, ON - SRO Night Club at 7:30pm

Oct 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24 & 25 - Toronto, ON - The Tranzac Club at 8pm

Monday and Tuesday, Nov 4 & 5 - Whitehorse, YT - The Old Fire Hall at 7pm

Thursday, Nov 7 - Dawson City, YT - KIAC Ballroom at 7pm