Art Activations

Artists and arts organizations are still producing work, and are bringing us together in innovative and creative ways. Browse through this list to see the latest online art activations in Toronto and Canada.

Citadel & Compagnie. “close encounters in the fifth dimension" choreographed by Christianne Ullmark and performed by Amanda Davis, Erin Poole and Margarita Soria at The Citadel Dance Mix 2019.


▶ Follow the hashtag #CanadaPerforms to view 45-60 min musical performance videos online, made possible by National Arts Centre and Facebook. 

▶ Artscape Daniels Launchpad

Offering free daily virtual programming for creatives and creative entrepreneurs through Launchpad Learning Online and Launchpad Virtual Wellness

▶ Arts Etobicoke: Arts in Isolation
Arts In Isolation is a new initiative to deliver free online art classes and cultural experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home

Bata Shoe Museum: #bsmfromhome
Check their website every week for online resources for the entire family

 Canada’s Ballet Jörgen: Online Ballet Classes & Workshops
Archived and live-streamed beginner, intermediate and advanced ballet classes

Canadian Opera Company: Digital Content Hub
Even during this era of social distancing, the power of music can continue to connect us. As we go through this unusual time together, please join us in keeping the spirit of opera alive and well at home.

▶ Canadian Virtual Music Expo 2020
Annual event for everyone in the music industry, networking from coast to coast from your home. May 30, 2020 11 am to 2 pm

▶ CBC: Art Uncontained
 A new initiative connecting Canadian artists and art lovers that includes original programming from CBC Arts and across the CBC network, as well as a new artist fund in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts

▶ Citadel + Compagnie: Citadel Online
Citadel Online is a 10-week online performing arts series that looks back at some of the wonderful works that have taken place at The Citadel over the years, highlighting both previously presented Bright Nights artists and Citadel + Compagnie repertoire. Every Tuesday at 2PM between April 28 and June 30, a new work will be released and remain available for viewing for the duration of one week.

COVID-19 Resources Toronto (App)
A collaborative effort by Torontonians to help the city through these difficult times. Includes: ways to help, how to get the assistance you need, fun online activities (art interventions, educational, wellness and exercise classes), and more.

▶ Crow's Theatre: Dinner and A Show: Chew
Join Crow’s Theatre in supporting our local restaurant Gare de l’Est with a special night-in experience. Next event June 3, 2020

▶ Culture Days: Digital Experiences
Performances, talks, live content, films, documentaries, playlists, kids stuff and more

▶ Dance: Corps: Another Day in COVID-19 Land
A series of online dance projects

▶ Esprit Orchestra: SoundBites
Extracts of compositions that Esprit has performed in recent seasons. Beginning May 19, 2020

▶ Global Toronto: Artist Showcase 2020
A showcase of twenty Toronto-based musical artists and ensembles, curated by a panel of 5 music professionals

▶ Hannaford Street Silver Band: A Musical Gift for You
In October 2019, the Hannaford Band presented Nine Daies Wonder by Bramwell Tovey. View a recording of the piece, written for the HSSB and performed by renowned violinist Mark Fewer

▶ Hot Docs at Home
A round- up of films, with links to various streaming and on-demand platforms. Includes recommendations by Hot Docs staff, selections from their Docs For Schools programming team to help keep young minds engaged, and free online access to audience favourites for members. 

I Lost My Gig:
A space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to COVID-19 in Canada

Inter/Access: Bandwidth: Cultivating Media Art Online
InterAccess is launching a new online programming series that will bring together our members, instructors, artists, curators, and audience during a time of isolation.

▶ KasheDance: CV-19 Creative Response
Twice-weekly collaborations with artists generated a written response to CV-19, a soundscape track and movement all created over a month.

Koerner Hall: Live From Koerner Hall Concert Livestream, and archived events
More than 25 Koerner Hall concerts online for you to enjoy, with some of the finest classical, jazz, and world music on stage. Within this catalogue, they'll be doing a Koerner Hall Concerts Streaming Series on Facebook

▶ Manifesto Community Projects: Instagram Live series
In partnership with Music Together. Various dates and times. 

▶ Moving Voice Institute (lbs/sq"): Building Your Solo Practice
An online body/voice series hosted by Gerry Trentham. Next session, Thursday May 28, 1pm EST; 10:00 am PST

▶ Myseum of Toronto
Art in the Time of COVID

An archived panel discussion that explores how we value art and artists during a time of crisis.
Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action
An online photo essay exhibition that explores the untold stories of the 2008-2009 Toronto Protests against the Genocidal War in Sri Lanka.

▶ Neighbourhood Arts Network: Newcomer Week: Virtual Edition
A Virtual Showcase celebrating the work of newcomer artists during Newcomer Week May 18-22, 2020

▶ Ontario Live: Music Together
A living room concert series for Ontario musicians

▶ Outside the March: The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries
This custom, improvised narrative experience unfolds over a week’s worth of short daily phone calls (Monday thru Saturday), as intrepid private investigators delve into your very own micro mystery using the investigative power of good conversation. Until May 30, 2020

Paradise Theatre: Virtual Paradise Theatre
In partnership with Film Movement and Area 23a Films, Paradise Theatre invites you to cozy up at home to watch selected favourites

▶ PlayME Podcast: The Show Must Go On
PlayME presents a new season of plays-turned-podcasts, nearly all cancelled or disrupted by COVID-19. Featuring Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave by David Yee, Take d Milk, Nah? by Jiv Parasram, Secret Life of a Mother by Hannah Moscovitch, The Runner by Christopher Morris, Cowgirl Up by Anna Chatterton, Three Women of Swatow by Chloe Hung and Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion by Drew Hayden Taylor

▶ RAW Artists: National Arts Drive
A country-wide arts fundraiser featuring live performances and art shows in local communities, accessed by driving to artist-input locations, while maintaining social distancing measures.  Saturday, June 6, 2020 1-4 PM PDT | 2-5 PM MDT | 3-6 PM CDT | 4-7 PM EDT

A live online performance In celebration of the upcoming National Indigenous Peoples Week. June 19 2020, 2pm EST
RED Talks online Wisdom Keeper Series
Celebrating exceptional Indigenous leaders and artists who will share words of wisdom, humour, and ideas during the time of this pandemic. Our aim to drive ideas, mobilize action, and serve as a catalyst for social change, moving forward. Wed, May 20, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

 ReelAbilities Film Festival 2020
ReelAbilities Film Festival will showcase Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf. This year, ReelAbilities will present over 15 film screenings, panels, workshops and events via interactive online presentations. May 20 – 24, 2020

Rivoli Home Sessions
Rivoli Instagram Artist Takeover from the safe confines of their homes

▶ Soulpepper Theatre: Fresh Ink
Fresh Ink is an opportunity for artists and audiences to share new work, the life blood of the theatre. Join Soulpepper Theatre at 4:30 PM on Friday May 22 for the next Fresh Ink. 

▶ Storytelling Toronto: Toronto Storytelling Festival
Storytelling Toronto had to cancel their three-week long Festival that was scheduled for March.  The event spotlights a number of Toronto Storytellers who were scheduled to appear.

▶ Tafelmusik: #TafelmusikTogether
A digital online initiative created to share moments of beauty and joy through music of the past.

▶ The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
This year’s festival will take place virtually — featuring free online events. The FOLD 2020 revised schedule will open April 5
From the Globe and Mail: While COVID-19 shuts down most book events, FOLD decides the show must go on(line)

▶ Théâtre français de Toronto: ACT II: "TfT CONNECTED" 
Offering cultural activities and artistic events accessible to everyone online. This new programming is free of charge. Includes: Writing workshops, shows, acting classes for youth and storytime in french.  

▶ Theatre Smith-Gilmour: As I Lay Dying
A live streaming of Theatre Smith-Gilmour's adaptation of the William Faulkner epic novel

▶ The Koffler Gallery: There are Times and Places
There are Times and Places investigates how we interact socially and intellectually in digitally constructed realities. Featuring four original artworks, each exploring and locating the significance of online spaces.

▶ The Koffler Centre of the Arts: Book Reading: Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo
Acclaimed writer and visual artist Shani Mootoo reads an excerpt from her new novel, Polar Vortex.

The Royal Conservatory: Live From Koerner Hall Concert Livestream, and archived events
More than 25 Koerner Hall concerts online for you to enjoy, with some of the finest classical, jazz, and world music on stage. Within this catalogue, they'll be doing a Koerner Hall Concerts Streaming Series on Facebook

The Social Distancing Festival:
An online artist community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by COVID-19 

▶ The Songbird Series
The Songbird Series connects people through music, offering personalized performances, recorded by musicians from around the world, sent to those who have little access to personal connection in this time of isolation.

TO Live: Living Rooms
Featuring exciting performances by Toronto artists – from the comfort of their living rooms, to yours! 

▶ Toronto Dance Community Love-In: Video Release Series | Natasha Powell (TO)
For the month of May Toronto Dance Community Love-In will be releasing videos featuring the work of Natasha Powell!

▶ Toronto Jewish Film Foundation: Jewish Films Online
The TJFF collection is currently available for free, with new films added each week!

▶ Toronto Jewish Film Foundation: 28th Toronto Jewish Film Festival online
The 28th Toronto Jewish Film Festival begins with TJFF2020 Online from May 30 – June 7. 30+ films featuring the best in Jewish-content film from Canada and around the world. Full online festival line-up announcement on May 4, 2020

▶ Toronto Musical Concerts: BIG GIRL & Friends daily YouTube Live stream
Featuring professional Canadian musical theatre artists sharing performances and conversations to promote awareness and support for The AFC’s (Actors’ Fund of Canada) vital services for those most vulnerable to the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Monday to Saturday at 7 PM ET / 4PM PT.

▶ Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Online (Media Release)
The 59th edition of this annual festival will be held online as we continue to exercise social distancing due to the global pandemic. July 2-12, 2020

Toronto Public Library: 38 ways to use the library from home (digital library services)
A quick guide to all of the online services you can use with your library card

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Toronto Symphony Plays Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring From Their Homes (video)

Trinity Square Video
Free and PWYC online workshops, programming, exhibitions and community support for media artists and more.

Co-presenting a 4-week series of 19 shows curated by some of Ontario's most dynamic cancelled festivals and presenters. 

▶ Vibe Arts: Online Art Programs
 Ongoing programs to employ artists, inspire communities and keep the arts flowing through the lives of people in Ontario


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