A timeless piece of music with a distinctly Canadian twist

Premièring this December, the multi-award-winning innovative team at Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) is proud to present a bold, virtual interpretation of Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by and in partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), and co-directed by Joel Ivany, the Founding Artistic Director of AtG, and Reneltta Arluk, Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

The daring, 70-minute performance of Messiah/Complex, filmed against iconic Canadian landscapes, will showcase multilingual translations, and feature a diverse cast of soloists and choirs representing every province and territory across Canada, accompanied by the exceptional sounds of the TSO and conducted by Johannes Debus (Canadian Opera Company).

Learn more about Messiah/Complex on Against the Grain’s website.

Performance Details

Available Sunday, December 13, 2020–Sunday, January 31, 2021


Selections from Handel's Messiah


Johannes Debus, conductor
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Jonathon Adams, soloist
Looee Arreak, soloist
Spencer Britten, soloist
Rihab Chaieb, soloist
Deantha Edmunds, soloist
Leela Gilday, soloist
Miriam Khalil, soloist
Andrea Lett, soloist
Diyet van Lieshout, soloist
Julie Lumsden, soloist
Elliot Madore, soloist
Le Choeur Louisbourg
Halifax Camerata Singers
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
University of Prince Edward Island Chamber Chorus

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