This event is Sold Out.


An Evening of Kurt Weill music amongst other things

Conceived, performed, and staged by Andrew Love with music by Weill, Gershwin, and Snoop Dogg, among others.

Produced by Against the Grain Theatre and the Yukon Arts Centre.

Join Sam as he both celebrates and grieves at the end of a relationship. From bar to bar, drink to drink, lounge to floor to gutter, he works through what went wrong, facebook stalks, falls down the infamous instagram rabbit hole, reminisces, and dismisses… all while maintaining his greatest relationship of all… with his true love… his smartphone.
This cabaret features music from Opera to Musical Theatre, Pop to Country, (to maybe even rap), with a special emphasis given to the brilliant music of Kurt Weill. Lead from the piano by Topher Mokrzewski (bartender), this cabaret has been conceived, staged and will be performed by baritone Andrew Love (Sam).

Calgary native Andrew Love is in the enviable position of balancing his time between engagements on Broadway and on the opera stage. Heard as the Bishop in Les Misérables in New York and on the National Tour, he starred as Charlie in the Calgary Opera production of Filumena, Marcello in La bohème for Against the Grain Theatre, and Schultz in Louis Riel for the Canadian Opera Company, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and for Opéra de Québec.
In the 2018/19 season, Andrew looks forward to Raimbaud in Le comte Ory for Edmonton Opera, Nangle in Ours with Opera on the Avalon, Doug Hansen in the Canadian premiere of Everest with Calgary Opera and a recital at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse with Against the Grain Theatre.
Further credits include Manitoba Opera, Regina Symphony, New Brunswick Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera on the Avalon, Indian River Festival, Saskatoon Opera, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Westben Festival and Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choir. Love completed his training at the University of Toronto, where he received the ARIAS Distinguished Graduate Award.

Conductor, pianist and vocal coach, Topher Mokrzewski is a steadily rising figure in the world of Canadian opera. He is currently Music Director of the acclaimed Toronto indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre, is Music Director of the Open Space Opera Program at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and recently completed four seasons as Resident Conductor of Calgary Opera. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and the Eastman School of Music, he is frequently sought as a soloist, collaborator and music director. He has served on the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, the Chautauqua Institute, Highlands Opera Studio, among others. Recent conducting engagements of note include: Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, South Pacific and The Mikado at Calgary Opera, Vivier’s Kopernikus and Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Banff Centre and the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Handel’s Messiah, Bound (a reimagined updated Handel project) and the critically acclaimed production of A Little Too Cozy with AtG, as well as Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man at the Glenn Gould School. As pianist, Topher recently performed Messiaen’s titanic Turangalîla Symphonie with the Calgary Philharmonic. The remainder of 2018 sees Mokrzewski returning to Against the Grain Theatre, as well as the Banff Centre, where he will conduct Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice and Bernstein’s Candide.

JOEL IVANY (founder and artistic director, Against the Grain Theatre)
Joel Ivany is the Founder and Artistic Director of AtG, and is the artistic director of Banff Centre’s “Opera in the 21st Century.” His directing credits include productions of Verdi’s Macbeth (Minnesota Opera), Carmen(Vancouver Opera), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever (Adelaide Festival) and Le nozze di Figaro (revival at Norwegian National Opera). He is the author of seven (and counting) original librettos for companies such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. He was a multiple Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding Direction and has also been nominated for multiple Dora awards for Outstanding New Opera/Musical winning one for Figaro’s Wedding. Recent mainstage directing credits include Dead Man Walking at Minnesota Opera and a multiple award winning production of Gluck's Orphée⁺  at Opera Columbus, AtG and Banff Centre.  He has directed productions for the Canadian Opera Company (Carmen), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem, Kurt Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden), Canadian Children’s Opera Company (Brundibár), Vancouver opera (Carmen, Dead Man Walking) and Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus (Banff Centre) among others. Upcoming directing credits include Claude Vivier's Kopernikus with AtG and No One’s Safe at Banff Centre. He is a proud graduate of the Opera School at U of T and is a member of the Alumni Wall of Fame at his Alma Mater, Western University.

Against the Grain Theatre is an award-winning Canadian opera collective. 
They look to create and introduce local, national and global communities to outside-the-box opera experiences.
They revitalize the operatic art form by presenting an eclectic array of musical works in unconventional spaces and innovative ways.
They strive to exhibit fresh, daring re-interpretations of classical repertoire at the highest level possible.
They look to create a thrilling, intimate, and unforgettable moment shared between our artists and audiences in Toronto, Canada and around the world, the AtG Experience.

Our success is thanks in no small part to a gang of artists and friends who work tirelessly to breathe life into every AtG venture.


About Against The Grain

Since 2010, Against the Grain Theatre has been making waves in Canada’s classical music scene. Offering everything from Mozart, Handel, Schubert and Puccini to Britten, Messiaen, Janáček and Kurtág, we have made it our mandate to exhibit fresh, daring re-interpretations of classical repertoire. We perform in nontraditional spaces — courtyards, bars, Victorian mansions, wedding halls — and with scaled-back accompaniment, such as a string quartet or piano, to bring out the full force of operatic singing in close quarters. The result? A thrilling, intimate, and unforgettable experience shared between our artists and audiences. Come see for yourself.