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.
Performances, talks and other live content
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.
Registration is now open for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) taking place Apr 30 - May 4
The National Arts Centre is hosting their Canada Performs series on Facebook Live. Check their page daily for the latest lineup.
The Arkells are offering daily free music classes on their Instagram Live.- Daily at 1pm EDT
Urgnt is a new series of livestream performances at empty venues throughout Toronto. Head to their website to find the next performance or click on Past Performances to watch recordings.
Mend It is hosting weekly sewing and clothing repair tutorials, taking place every Wednesday from 7:30-8:30 PM
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.
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.
Sing Along Tim, an interactive folk rock band for kids, will be performing live on Facebook on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10AM
Join @wingedcanvas on Instagram Live every day at 2:30pm during the quarantine for live tutorials and art chats!
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
Films, documentaries, and playlists
The National Film Board has a plethora of free films to stream. Here is a list of 6 recommended Indigenous films from their catalogue.
CBC Gem has recordings of classic plays from the Stratford Festival.
The Walrus Talks are all available to stream on Youtube.
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 National Ballet School has put together a collection of interactive dance videos on their Bring Dance Into Your Home page.
- 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 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.
Virtual tours and collections
- 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.
Craft and DIY
- The Happily Ever Crafter is offering free online calligraphy courses
- Arts Etobicoke has posted a new list of arts activities, webinars, and digital studio visits on their Arts in Isolation page.
If you or your institution has digital resources to share, submit a listing here.