Canada plans classical concert for dogs

29 May 2013, 12:31

Fans of Bark and Pooch-ini, prick up your ears for Canada's first ever concert for canines from Toronto Concert Orchestra in June.

Classical music is often used by owners to calm their pets, but animal-lovers in Canada are taking this a step further, setting up a concert specifically designed for dogs. As many as 5,000 four-legged guests are expected at the Iams So Good! Doggie Jam on 8 June, where the Toronto Concert Orchestra will perform a selection of dog-friendly classical tunes.

"I haven't played for dogs before but I like to include everybody," said conductor Kerry Stratton. "This is a fun, open-air, family concert."

Audiences can expect classical pieces and lighter music including arrangements of Hound Dog, Bella Notte from Lady and the Tramp, and How Much is that Doggie in the Window.

The concert aims to recreate a relaxed concert environment similar to performances from late 19th century and early 20th, where audiences were a lot more vocal and could interact with performers. As well as the classical soundtrack, there are also plans for a 'dog-friendly photo booth' as well as goodie bags and samples of food.