Museum and Art Galleries
- *New this week* Culture Days Digital Experience: from craft projects and kids activities to live-streamed performances and digital dance classes.
- *New this week* We Wear Culture: explore the fashion icons, designers, the craft, the movements, ateliers, trends from around the world and much more, with Google Arts & Culture.
- *New this week* Watch and Listen series from the Historic RCA Studio B: stories, interviews, and performances related to this once famous recording studio in Nashville, home of legends like Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and the Everly Brothers.
- *New this week* Field Trip Art: Art Across Canada: art experiences with some of Canada's most celebrated artists in a national partnership with leading organizations. Artist talks, studio visits, children activities, and more.
- *New this week* Are you a jazz fan? Visit the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City from home: virtual tours, digital exhibits, activities, Spotify playlists and much more!
- *New this week* Slow-Looking Art Lessons: learn to slow look and savour art. It's good for your mental wellbeing!
- Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition: Walk through or drive through (June 18 to 28) the old Toronto Star Building at 1 Yonge Street. Fees apply.
- The Group of Seven celebrates 100 years of it's first exhibition on May 7 to 27, 1920 at the AGO. Explore the works by the Group at the National Gallery of Canada, at the AGO where they held the inaugural exhibition, at the McMichael Gallery, or listen to the Curatorial Talk "A Like Vision" with Ian Dejardin.
- Love trains? Tour Alberta Railway Museum's online videos
- Royal BC Museum Outreach Program: plenty of home education, activities and resources.
- 10 Children's Museums in USA you can tour virtually.
- The Soundtracks of our Lives: our lives are filled with sounds and music from birth to death. Listen to the music and soundscapes of Quebec.
- Black Creek Pioneer Village: at home activities for school children.
- Canadian Museum of History: learn at home.
- Design, Play, Disrupt: Curating the V&A's Videogame Exhibition. The Victoria and Albert's Museum Marie Foulston, discuss the conception of the 2018/2019 exhibition Videogames: Design, Play Disrupt, an exhibit aimed at defining a new curatorial language for the video game medium.
- Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Holland: Go on a private tour. Watch this 1/7 video series of the museum collection.
- Virtual Tours of Epic Car Museums: including Ferrari Museum, National Corvette Museum, Museo Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz Museum, and many more.
- Strong Museum (Rochester, NY): Relive you childhood at this "Museum of Toys" from board games to video games, dolls to pez dispensers.
- Museum of Modern Art (MOMA): free movies, art classes, family art-making
- Universal Museum of Art: free access to exhibits that does not exist but only virtually, enriched content, guided tour and VR experience if you have a VR headset
- Artist Emma Allen's self-portrait journey through life, death, and back again in this stunning time-elapsed stop-motion animation. Each portrait was painted over a 5-day period and explores the transfer of energy from one life form to another. Courtesy of National Geographic.
- Art Basel Hong Kong: many highlights by various curators around the world of the Online Viewing Room which replaced the international art fair event which has since closed.
- Usual Museums of Singapore: Highlights video from a collection that houses the world's first drone from the 1900s, to a beautiful musical box museum that has an exhibit from the Titanic era, delve into the world of quirky and unusual museums.
- The Anthropocene Project: Driving awareness of human activities’ impact on Earth through scientific research, photography, film and virtual reality and educational website. Spearheaded by 3 Canadians: Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, Photographer Edward Burtnysky, Co-Director, Producer & Director of Photography Nick de Pencier.
- Visit the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto without leaving your home #museumwithoutwalls. This museum presents the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world heritage.
- Article on Top 10 world's best virual tours from by The Guardian.
- Article on the Top 20 Famous landmarks, museums, theatres, zoos and natural wonders around the world by Travel Zoo.
Commemorating Victory in Europe Day (May 8, 1945)
May 8, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, the
unconditional surrender of Germany to the Allied Forces in 1945 ending World
War II in Europe. VE Day marked a major milestone for the Allies but did not
end the war. On this day 75 years ago, an exhausted war nation expressed
elation and relief at the news and celebrated with joyful street
parties. On the other hand,
WWII in Asia did not end until September 2, 1945.
on how Newmarket celebrated back in 1945. Here are a few photos from The Elman W. Campbell Museum’s special exhibit to
commemorate VE Day 75, available for free access when we reopen.
The Netherlands was liberated a few days before Europe, on May 5, 1945. Watch this Heritage Minutes video that commemorates the 75th anniversary of this event. Do you know why we have tulips in Ottawa? Tulip bulbs are gifts from the Netherlands for Canada's role in both liberating the Netherlands and hosting members of the Dutch royal family during the Second World War. After the war, the Netherlands began presenting Canada with tulip bulbs in gratitude, a tradition that continues to this day. Tulips are planted in Ottawa and blooms every May. This year's Tulip Festival will be celebrated online instead from May 8 to 18.
Ways You Can Commemorate This Day
Wear Red and join in a moment of reflection and remembrance at 11 a.m. on Friday the 8th of May and pause for a Two Minute Silence. Undertake the 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2' at 3 p.m. on the 8th of May, from the safety of your own home by standing up and raising a glass of refreshment of your choice and undertaking the following 'Toast'. "To those who gave so much, we thank you," using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today. At 7 p.m. - stand on your front porch with bells and Ring Out For Peace.
Check out these other Heritage links
- *New this week* Becoming Canadian: Multicultural & Diversity: interviews from the Passages Canada Project of personal stories from international immigrants to Canada.
- *New this week* Riches to Rags to Riches: the story of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre. The complex was the Canadian flagship of Marcus Loew's legendary theatre chain on Yonge Street.
- Why do we celebrate Victoria Day?
- Online Tulip Festival in Ottawa, 2020: every year Canada receives 1 million tulip bulbs from the Netherlands for our role in liberating them from the Nazi invasion in WWII.
- The Legacy Series: this original documentary film series – created by Canadian film students and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum – showcases powerful, personal accounts of the Second World War through the lens of aviation. Explore all six episodes.
- Canada's War in the Far East: Aside of Canada's contribution to ending WWII in Europe, Canadians also fought in the Far East against the Japanese during WWII.
- War of 1812: One War, Four Perspectives: experience the War of 1812 on-line from the perspective of each of its major participants—Americans, the British, Canadians (including Canadian First Peoples), and Native Americans.
- *Lucy Maud Montgomery: Canadian Author Lucy Maud Montgomery battled depression, rejection, and sexism to become known around the world for Anne of Green Gables and 19 other novels. This Heritage Minute tells her story in her own words, as drawn from her journals.
- CBC: The Secret Life of Canada - The Secret Life of Canada highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn't make it into your high school textbook. Join hosts Leah and Falen as they explore the unauthorized history of a complicated country. Also available on Podcast.
- Newmarket History; Trading Tree – learn about a focal point of our community in the past.
- Newmarket History: A page from our past, literally, about historical Main Street.
- 12 Amazing Canadian Women you should know from our past and present.
- Rick Mercer at the Canadian Museum of History: Rick delves into the collection at the Canadian Museum of history in Gatineau, QC.
- The Reindeer People | Spending years in the field, photographer Erika Larsen has gained unprecedented access into the lives, work, and culture of Scandinavia's fascinating Sami people.
- Syrup: A family of Attikamek First Nations show a French Canadian family how to harvest the syrup of the sugar maple (1710) courtesy of Heritage Minutes.
- Never stepped foot in the Ontario Legislative Building? Take a virtual tour here.
- Visit the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa via photos and videos.
- tawâw: Indigenous cuisine according to Chef Shane Chartrand is about land, place, terroir and local food. Read about the inspirations for his cookbook tawâw and how he connects with his own Indigenous heritage through food. Listen to the CBC interview by Kathleen Petty on The Current.
- 6 Writers of Black Heritage to Watch in 2020.
- Virtual Museum Canada: The largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada's Museums and Heritage organizations. Check out these stories about Newmarket, Ontario.
- Newmarket Historical Society
Live & Virtual Performances
- *New this week* Child musician Anastasia Tyurina plays Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214, a polka in A major by Johann Strauss, at the 100th anniversary of the National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Russia.
- *New this week* The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019: The Massed Pipes and Drums
- *New this week* Thousand Hands Dance: one thousand hands is the visual expression of the bodhisattva of Compassion, Guanyin.
- *New this week* Olena Uutai at Britain's Got Talent 2018 Semi-Final: jaw harp performer, shaman lady from Eastern Russia.
- *New this week* Ever heard of Hiplet? Started by Homer Bryant of the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, Hiplet fuses hip hop and ballet in a style that's powerful, elegant, and so fun to watch. See a short video or hear from the dancers themselves.
- *New this week* Poonam & Priyanka Indian Raga Dance to "Shape of You": Ed Sheeran's tune gets a new choreography and interpretation with India Raga (classical) music.
- *New this week* The Wagakki Band "Homura": Japanese rock with traditional music.
- *New this week* "Here Comes The Sun" by YCDSB Elementary School Music Teachers for Music Monday 2020
- Tkaronto Music Festival (May 15 to 17) Online Indigenous music festival, based out of Toronto, organized by the Indigenous led 50/50 Performing Arts Collective.
- Annie Sumi Virtual Concert (May 9 at 9 p.m to May 22 at 9 p.m.): Nikkei Folk Musician presented by Canadian Cultural Centre. Free.
- Artery is opening their living rooms online for music: Artery showcases are usually intimate in-person gatherings in people's homes. While we are all physical distancing, our community will be sharing experiences together over live-streams. Your support of local artists is critical and much appreciated at this difficult time.
- HotDocs at Home: enjoy some of the hottest documentaries from one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world – now streaming from the comfort of your couch.
- City of Toronto's Lunch Hour Live Concerts: from noon to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, City of Toronto presents live concerts on Facebook.
- Canada's Great Kitchen Party: Home Edition returns for an encore, tonight (May 6 at 8 p.m. EST) on Facebook Live, to encourage Canadians coast-to-coast to order food from local restaurants and then sit back and enjoy performances and food-related greetings from notable Canadians from musicians to Olympians. Every Wednesday, if you didn't know, is now #TakeOutDay so order in and enjoy the shows! Donations will benefit goodfoodfund.ca and the Community for Food Centres Canada.
- Cirque du Soleil: explore entire shows streamed online, behind the scene stories and other great content.
- Guitar performance that shocked America's Got Talent 2019: An 18 year old student from Poland redefines guitar performance by bending cross-over in genres and techniques on an acoustic guitar.
- Acoustic Uprising tells the definitive story of Modern Acoustic Guitar, featuring interviews with world class Finger Style guitarists from around the world.
- Lean on Me Canada: #ArtistsCAN Watch, Stream, Listen and Share to help The Canadian Red Cross for COVID-19 Related Expenses.
- Barrie Music Scene - Quarantine Concerts & Shows on Facebook.
- The Lockdown Gigs: Scottish music, history and stories available on Facebook.
- URGNT Friday Concerts: Toronto based online venue created in response to COVID. Every Friday night at 7pm. Many JUNO award winners perform.
- Koerner Hall Presents: live and past performances
- An Up-to-date list of Canadian Live Streams to Watch during COVID-19 by CBC
- Stratford Festival On Demand
- Mary Poppins Look-a-like Performing Coronavirus Song
- Best virtual tours of Canadian attractions for seniors
- Almighty Voices: Every Sunday until June 21, Tom Jackson hosts a digital, one hour-long variety series in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund. The show will feature Susan Aglukark, Beverley Mahood, Sarah Slean, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Chantal Kreviazuk, Measha Brueggergosman and more.
- Flashback: Frozen Fridays 2019 in Newmarket: remember when we partied together every Friday this past winter?
- Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. STRONGER TOGETHER CANADA: Join iconic Canadian artists, activists, actors, and athletes as they share their stories of hope and inspiration in this national salute to our frontline workers and in support of Food Banks Canada's COVID-19 relief efforts. Available on live broadcast on TV, Radio, Live Streaming and On Demand, click to find out.
- On Saturday, April 25, 2020 watch a free 24 hour live stream of World Buskers United - Online Live Buskerfest. Read about the buskers and schedule online before the event to make sure you don't miss your favourite performers. As these are live performances by a variety of buskers, please note that not all acts may be appropriate for all ages (e.g. danger/risk, language etc.). Viewer discretion is advised.
- Watch the FULL replay of the One World Together at Home concert special from April 18, 2020 courtesy of
- Sakura, Sakura: Enjoy Cherry Blossom Festival with this performance of
"Sakura Sakura" a Japanese folk song played by Kasumi Watanabe on a
25-string instrument called a koto.
- Choir of Women Physicians Sing "Rise Again". Voices Rock Medicine, these women physicians have put
together this heartfelt tribute, dedicated to the superheroes of Canadian
healthcare, and beyond. They rock!
- National Arts Centre: Canada Performs
- National Film Board of Canada: over 200 films
to view for free!
- The Social Distancing Festival Live Stream with music, theatre and art
performances. Check out what’s upcoming in the calendar.
- Here are all the Canada Performs Literary Events Online
to TD Newmarket Music Series 2019
- Newmarket #UnitedWeStand: local community leaders, musicians, entrepreneurs and residents joined together through the power of song to create an inspirational video during the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrangements and Piano by Sam Reid, Robyn Black & George St. Kitts on Lead Vocals and Chorus.
- Music for Hope: a performance by Italian opera singer, Andrea Bocelli on April 12, 2020 at the Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy.
- The latest
updated list of livestreaming and virtual concerts to watch, by Billboard (as of April 7, 2020)
- Nightly free streaming of Operas at the Met in NYC!
- Andrew Lloyd Webber's
The Show Must Go On! A series of free performances of musicals with new episode every Friday at 7 p.m. BST (2 p.m. EST)
- Stage shows, musicals and opera you can
watch online for free
- Free 7 day trial of online streaming of full-length, Broadway shows by
- An updating list of the best livestreaming and virtual
Classical music performances
- Check out the schedule for upcoming live concerts series by Ontario artists from their living rooms to yours
*New this week* Design, Play, Disrupt: Curating the V&A's Videogame Exhibition – The Victoria and Albert Museum's Marie Foulston discuss the conception of the 2018/2019 exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, an exhibited aimed at defining a new curatorial language for the video game medium. https://youtu.be/6CFutBFGs5M
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