Did you know Toronto has a living room concert series?
When we highlighted ten of our favourite under-the-radar venues for classical music last weekend, it was revealed to us that we actually didn't get intimate enough. Warning to all citizens of Toronto: your regular looking neighbours may be hosting classical concerts in their homes.
About to begin their second season, Pocket Concerts have been "breaking down artificial barriers" by booking musicians from the likes of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the TSO, and The National Ballet Orchestra to play to tiny crowds of 25-60 people in living rooms across the city since 2013.
You can invite Pocket into your home by applying here. While Toronto is no stranger to the house party and everyone I know has been kicked in the head at a basement punk show one too many times, Pocket Concerts likely aren't leaving a trail of noise complaints, hearing loss, brain damage, and suspiciously broken bathroom mirrors in their wake.
In exchange for this bougie-er kind of salon, however, the price rises from the "whatever, I used to live here" to $5 range and starts at $12 for children. Then it's $27 for under 35-year-olds and $42 for everyone else, meaning it's actually cheaper for under 35-ers to attend the TSO. But then you're not "breaking the barriers" so I guess it's a toss up.