Low-Cost Highbrow in Toronto

It’s a common misconception that the finest of Toronto’s cultural offerings are accessible only to the wealthy. In fact, some of the city’s most august institutions offer deep discounts — you just need to know where to look. (Relative youth helps, too; 40-somethings can’t access the same deals.) Here, Toronto’s best low-cost, highbrow offerings.

$14: Toronto Symphony Orchestra tsoundcheck
Experience the TSO for the price of a movie. The purchaser must be under 35, but can bring guests of any age, which makes it perfect for an elegant evening out with your cougar-girlfriend. 212 King St. W., 416-593-7769.

$23Tarragon Theatre Preview
The Tarragon is one of Canada’s oldest theatre companies, famous for the development and creation of bold new plays. Previews offer patrons a chance to view the newest shows for far less than you’d pay to see it on opening night. 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827.

$5: Bloor Cinema Matinee
Turns out some movies still cost five bucks. At the Bloor –- Toronto’s best-known independent cinema –- members enjoy five dollar matinees. It’s a slightly-less-nostalgic $9 for non-members. 506 Bloor St. W., 416-516-2330.

$22: Canadian Opera Company Opera for a New Age
In an effort to pry a new generation away from YouTube and into one of Toronto’s most beautiful buildings, the COC is practically giving away tickets. The catch: You’ve got to be 30 or younger. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., 416-363-6671.

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