On 20 February 2009, City Opera participated in the first Homeground Festival at Oppenheimer Park in the DTES. Pianist Michael Onwood and soprano Jamie Onwood presented music from well-known opera and operetta to a wonderfully receptive audience of DTES residents.
“It is an ongoing honour for our company to take part so often in the cultural life of the DTES,” said artistic director Charles Barber. “The poor have been cheated of so many beautiful things. Why must they also be cheated of the chance to hear Mozart, Brahms, or Schubert?”