Although physical spaces may be closed during this current health crisis, the arts and culture sector continues to be brimming with amazing content. While we are more physically distant from each other, we are seeing great opportunities to connect, all through the digital sphere.
On this page you will find new ways to link to Ontario and Canada’s arts and culture community from within your own home – from new craft projects and kids activities to live-streamed performances and digital dance classes.
Check back as we continue to update this content.
We have also compiled a list of sector resources here.
★ CBC Arts has launched ART UNCONTAINED, a new online initiative connecting Canadian artists and art lovers with original programming, alongside a 1$ million artist fund in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.
★ In honour of Asian Heritage Month, the National Film Board has compiled a curated selection of films that celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent.
Theatre and performing arts
- The Making Box is hosting online improv workshops and classes. They have also extended their classes to include businesses , youth and families. Learn what Improv is all about by visiting one of their free Friday online shows.
- Second City is hosting Improv House Party on Zoom, with performances from Canadian comedians taking place regularly throughout the week.
- If you want to try improv yourself, Bag Dog Theatre has beginner improv drop-in classes. They plan on offering full digital courses later in the spring.
- The National Arts Centre is hosting their Canada Performs series on Facebook Live. Check their page daily for the latest lineup.
- TOLive will be featuring performances from local artists everyday. Each of the artists will bring you an exciting performance from the comfort of their own living rooms.
- CBC Gem has recordings of classic plays from the Stratford Festival.
- Penguin Random House has put together a list of independent bookstores across Canada currently offering local delivery or curbside pickup.
- The BIBLIOVIDEO YouTube channel features children author interviews, read-alongs for children, how-to demos from illustrators, publishers’ trailers, & book reviews.
Visual art and virtual collections
- Heritage Toronto has mapped out historic downtown, revealing the places and events that helped build the multicultural metropolis.
- Join @wingedcanvas on Instagram Live every day at 2:30pm during the quarantine for live tutorials and art chats!
- Arts Etobicoke has posted a new list of arts activities, webinars, and digital studio visits on their Arts in Isolation page.
- Google Arts and Culture has many great virtual tours, including highlights from Ontario museums and galleries, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Fashion History Museum and the Textile Museum of Canada.
- Explore Alex Janvier’s mural Morning Star via a virtual tour at the National Museum of History.
- Google Street View takes you directly into the Royal Ontario Museum to explore some of their permanent exhibitions.
- Attractions Ontario Virtual Tours and Online Collection.
- AGO has focused their website on AGO at Home - digital experiences for art lovers, such as articles, online collections, and recordings of past talks.
- The Festival Of Live Digital Art (FOLDA) have announced their online festival programming. The online festival will take place online from June 10th -13th.
- The City of Waterloo have complied a collection of public art around the city that can be viewed online.
- #NiagaraPerforms will provide a platform and professional artist fees for local artists to share performances with online audiences as a home-grown take on the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms series. Explore their upcoming preformances or watch some of their past events.
- The Arkells are offering daily free music classes on their Instagram Live.- Daily at 1pm EDT
- Sing Along Tim, an interactive folk rock band for kids, will be performing live on Facebook on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10AM
- Urgnt is a new series of livestream performances at empty music venues throughout Toronto. Head to their website to find the next performance or click on Past Performances to watch recordings.
- Korner Hall has an archive of past performances.
- Free 15 minute dance lessons by Steps Dance Studio on Facebook and Instagram Live.- Daily at 6:30PM
- Kay Kenney from Kingston’s Movement Market is hosting daily barre classes on Instagram Live as well as choreography classes for kids on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- The National Ballet School has put together a collection of interactive dance videos on their Bring Dance Into Your Home page.
- Social diSDANCE will be hosting daily live-stream dance parties everyday at 10AM, 1PM and 7:30PM
- The National Film Board has a plethora of free films to stream. Here is a list of 6 recommended Indigenous films from their catalogue.
Talks and podcasts
- Toronto Biennial of Art has a new podcast series called Short Format, featuring interviews with Toronto-based artists
- National Arts Centre podcasts feature exclusive interviews, insights and artistic explorations of music, theatre and dance.
- Get some insight on what it’s like to work at the Royal Ontario Museum. Learn about some of the people who make the museum tick at ROMcast: The Uncatalogued Stories.
- The Spacing Podcast discusses urban curiosities around Toronto.
- Citizens of Craft Podcast hosted by the Canadian Craft Federation invites seasoned artists to ainimate the story of craft.
- MC Minds Podcast by Mass Culture provides insightful conversations with individuals in the arts on an array of cultural research topics such as the current socio-economic status of artists, new revenue models for the arts, arts for social change and so much more.
- The Walrus Talks are all available to stream on Youtube.
- The Tett Talk Show is a weekly Instagram Live talk show, where the Tett Centre’s Marketing & Programming Coordinator, Danielle Folkerts, will be interviewing Tett-resident artists, art organizations, and art educators! Explore the schedule here.- Tuesdays at 11AM
- Professional Storyteller Sage Tyrtle will be hosting livestreams on Facebook everyday at 10:30 AM.
- Prologue Performing Arts will be hosting online performances, workshops and activites for kids.
- The Bata Shoe Museum has colouring pages of shoes from their collection.
- The Peel Art Gallery is posting a new family-friendly activity every day. Check the calendar to see what is next.
- Artshine, Kitchener’s mobile art school, is posting regular art tutorials on their Youtube page.
- The St Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is updating their Museum Classroom site regularly with fun activities.
- The Young People’s Theatre has released an online series of indoor drama games, with videos coming out twice a week. Explore the Inside with Imagination series here.
- Homer Watson House & Gallery has created an online collection of fun activity sheets.
- Lynde House Museum created an online 60 pc puzzle.
- Electric Moon Theatre Company has started a YouTube Channel Keep Calm and Theatre On featuring arts education and family friendly content as well as launching virtual theatre classes.
- Find daily challenges and family friendly activites on the Gay Lea Dairy Museum website.
- Find dozens of free colouring pages created by Canadian artists, at CBC Arts.
Craft and DIY
- Learn how to craft some DIY masks with the Textile Museum of Canada.
- The Happily Ever Crafter is offering free online calligraphy courses
- Mend It is hosting weekly sewing and clothing repair tutorials, taking place every Wednesday from 7:30-8:30 PM
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