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Impress your date without breaking the bank

November 22nd, 2016


Exterior view of Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Photo by Sam Javanrouh

Free admission on Wednesday night is a longstanding tradition at the AGO. Each week from 6 to 9 pm, you can see our collection galleries for free – no ticket required! The initiative has been a popular staple of Toronto cultural life for decades.

But did you know that a few blocks away from the AGO you can also find a whole season’s worth of concerts for free, courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company (COC)? The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre takes place in a breathtaking space inside the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, at Queen Street and University Avenue.

From late September to June every year, you can discover exciting performing artists of the highest calibre in a series of diverse artistic programming that ranges from dance to world music. The concerts take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m.


A performance by the Newton Moraes Dance Theatre in the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre, January 6, 2016. Photo by Kevin Lloyd

The AGO and the COC share a special relationship. The Gallery loans artworks to the opera house for display on an ongoing basis – an arrangement that has been in place ever since the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. There are two bronze sculptures currently on display: Henry Moore’s Upright Motive No. 5 (1955-1956) and Jacques Lipchitz’s Bather III (1917).

Henry Moore’s Warrior with Shield was the first piece loaned to the COC. Up until recently, patrons of the Four Seasons Centre mingled with Michael Snow’s Walking Woman sculptures. Sound familiar? Upon walking back up University Avenue, they went on display in our newly revamped entrance space.

Need inspiration for a perfect date on a budget? Take in a Wednesday evening concert (say hello to the sculptures for us) then stroll up the street for free admission to the AGO.

 There are many other ways to visit the Gallery for free, like borrowing a Museum Access Pass from the Toronto Public Library. You can also become an AGO Member. Members have free access to the AGO collection at all times, and see our special exhibitions free of charge, too!

For the full schedule of Free Concerts in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, visit the COC website.

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