Live & Virtual Performances
Starting Monday, June 29, watch online: Canada, let's get together! Jump into the online activities and join Canadian Heritage as they explore different facets of Canada with renowned Canadian personalities such as Chef Ricardo, former football player Étienne Boulay and travel vlogger Gunnarolla.
On Wednesday, July 1 from 1 to 2 p.m., watch the daytime show, "Canada Day Across the Country", offers you a virtual tour of the celebrations. With hosts Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord, discover talented artists from Sudbury, Montréal, Québec, Moncton, Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Calgary. Celebrate our country's cultural diversity, sporting excellence, Indigenous culture and languages, and the resilience of front-line workers. A nod to the 40th anniversary of the national anthem "O Canada" and many surprises await you.
On Wednesday, July 1 from 8 to 10 p.m., watch "Canada Day Together". A unique edition of Canada's annual iconic celebration. Hosted by Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord, the show features original artistic collaborations between performers from coast to coast to coast, including stops in Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. They have quite the show in store for you! Let yourself be entertained in the comfort of your home. The night winds up with a montage of the best Canada Day fireworks from past years.
Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq "You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)": The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, releases its second Polaris Collaboration Session featuring 2015 Polaris winner Buffy Sainte-Marie and 2014 winner Tanya Tagaq.
Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre is the first National Indigenous theatre department in the world! Explore the website to hear their stories and meet the people behind this ground-breaking venture.
Indigenous dancers share videos online with pow wows cancelled during COVID-19 pandemic
Newmarket Public Library RUSS Summer Concert Series: virtual concerts every Thursday from 10 to 10:30 am from July 2 to August 20. Keep your young children entertained with songs! Suitable for kids 6 months to 5 years. Register now!
Music & Poetry without Borders (June 20, 2020 | 1 to 4 p.m.): Free LIVE Facebook event from a diverse lineup of local musicians and poets, hosted by Community Ambassador, MC musician and poet, Glenn Marais. Brought to you by the Town of Newmarket sponsored by the Government of Canada Celebrates Canada Fund.
- Ave Maria by Franz Schubert for Cello & Piano: Cellist Ella Rohwer and Pianist Katja Huhn performs at Kunstation St. Peter church in Cologne, Germany where the painter Rubens was baptized.
- Dear Class of 2020 (Full Replay): A virtual commencement celebration bringing together inspirational leaders, celebrities, and YouTube creators to celebrate graduates, their families, and their communities. Special guests include: Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, BTS, Katy Perry, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and President Obama, Sundar Pichai, Maluma and more.
- An Up-to-date list of Canadian live streams.
- Shakespeare's Globe: Join in for six plays, shown for free via our YouTube channel, one at a time, on rotation every two weeks, as part of 'YouTube Premieres'.
- Viva La Vida by Feng E: Taiwanese youngster Feng E plays his ukulele fingerstyle arrangement of this hit by Coldplay.
- Virtual Luminato Festival (June 11 to 13, 2020): World Premieres & over 20 hours of FREE online events: bringing together 70 artists of a weekend of world premieres, theatre, music, film intense conversations, late night DJs, and more.
- NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert: Blue Man Group: they came, they measured, and they returned to perform a show like no other (taped on Sept 26, 2016) .
- Black Rock Coalition: History of Our Future: Live Rock Concert at The Met Museum in NYC. The Black Rock Coalition and special guests created a sonic timeline honoring the Black pioneers who ushered rock and roll into the American collective consciousness.
- Tiny Desk Concert - Gaelynn Lea Tressler: Tressler is an American folk singer, violinist, fiddle teacher, public speaker with brittle bone disease, which made it necessary for her to reinvent the ordinary and, in this case, a way to play the fiddle. She is a disability advocate from Duluth, Minnesota and a winner of NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest
- "Imagine" by Stephen Ridley: hear the UK pianist perform in an empty King's Cross St. Pancras Station, UK, and be inspired by Stephen's story about his hearing loss which he hid from his friends all these years until early 2020.
- Sue Austin: creativity and determination can overcome limitations and Sue Austin has proven just that! This UK artist has outfitted her wheelchair with battery-powered propellers and large perspex aerofoils to control turns in water. Watch Sue finds her freedom as she flies and dances through the ocean in her wheelchair. Watch her Underwater Wheelchair Dance and Deep Sea Diving
- TEDx: 13 year old changed "Impossible" to "I'm Possible": Sparsh Shah is a 13-year old child prodigy, singer/song writer/rapper born with brittle bones (130+ fractures), but an unbreakable spirit. He became a worldwide internet sensation with his Purhythm versions of Eminem covers. He aspires to inspire and sing in front of a billion people one day.
- June 6 (8 p.m.) WE Celebrate: Class of 2020: the class of 2020 doesn't get to celebrate in person this year, so CTV and WE are throwing a virtual party called WE Celebrate: Class of 2020, hosted by Lilly Singh and featuring Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Brett Kissel, Shay Mitchell and more.
- June 4 (3 p.m.) Xenia Live Concert Series - Min-Jeong Koh: FREE livestream featuring Koh, formerly of Cecilia String Quartet.
- Tiny Desk Concert - Taimane, ukulele virtuoso: Taimane Tauiliili Bobby Gardner is an American ukulele virtuoso and composer who learnt the instrument since age 5. Here she plays fiery flamenco, a famous phrase from the opera Carmen, a touch of Bach and more than a nod to her Hawaiian homeland, all on her ukulele.
- Tiny Desk Concerts Series by NPR Music: explore this video series of live concerts hosted by NPR Music at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen in Washington, D.C. Invited guests are from all over the world, spanning from all music genres.
- May 29, 2020 (starts 12 noon) Canada's National Ballet School: an interactive celebration of movement and music: tune in to NBS Sharing Dance Day from your digital device. Wherever you are, dance along with thousands of Canadians during this special online event.
- MixMag YouTube: Dance music + club culture. You can still access sets by DJ's around the world during lockdown.
- Retro 8-bit animated performance "Crawling in my Skin": Nashville singer/songwriter, Sophie Allison missed performing at Toronto's The Phoenix because of the lockdown and created this 8 bit music video instead, performing virutally in our Lower Bay Street subway station instead.
- The Great Canadian Singalong "Lost Together": CBC Music called out for submissions have proven that Canadians are bonded by their love for music, the country joins Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy in this spectacular video with recorded performances of their hit "Lost Together".
- Scotia Festival of Music: now until June 7. Free Facebook performances via Facebook, nightly at 7:30 p.m.
- Fundraiser for St. Michael's Hospital COURAGE FUND: Jessica Tong - Violin, Livestream (May 31, 7 p.m.). Performance of Bach's Partita No. 2 and Bartok's Sonata for Solo Violin.
- 10 New songs by Canadian artists to add to your kitchen playlist - May 15, 2020 edition. Eat North's cooking playlist.
- 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.
- The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019: The Massed Pipes and Drums
- Thousand Hands Dance: one thousand hands is the visual expression of the bodhisattva of Compassion, Guanyin.
- Olena Uutai at Britain's Got Talent 2018 Semi-Final: jaw harp performer, shaman lady from Eastern Russia.
- 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.
- Poonam & Priyanka Indian Raga Dance to "Shape of You": Ed Sheeran's tune gets a new choreography and interpretation with India Raga (classical) music.
- The Wagakki Band "Homura": Japanese rock with traditional music.
- "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 Global News.
- 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
- Flashback 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 BroadwayHD
- 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
Museum and Art Galleries
*New this week* How Canadian museums and galleries are finding ways to offer continued access to their collections.
Meet Newmarket's First Nations artist: Donald Chrétien
Art Gallery of Ontario Indigenous Collection
Royal Ontario Museum First Peoples Arts & Culture and Uncover//Recover Education Guide
The Great Indigenous Canadian Artists, Noval Morriseau (1932-2007), The Indigenous Group of Seven, and Bill Reid (1920-1998).
The Virtual Museum of Métis History & Culture
Inuit: Land of Arctic Ice, Online exhibition by Google Arts & Culture
Cultural Fabrics, Online exhibition by Google Arts & Culture
"Voices of the Canoe": an online exhibition from the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC, the exhibit speaks to the historical and ongoing importance of the canoe cultures through canoe objects from the cultures of Fiji, Squamish and Haida traditions.
- Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015. A short video of the preparation of the 2016 exhibition which explores the history of men's fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and re-examines the all-too-frequent equation of "fashion" with "femininity." By Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- How a Father & Son turns trash into Transformers.
- Canadian Automobile Museum: Take an online tour of their collection of European vintage cars.
- Art Gallery of Hamilton: AGH at Home is regularly updated with at-home activities, AGH Magazine articles, and behind-the-scenes videos, this platform brings the art gallery experience straight to your fingertips.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture: Collection Connection Grid series are an assortment of selected documents, images, objects and videos that highlight the African American experience.
- SPY Museum (Washington, D.C): Every nation considers intelligence essential to its national security. The Museum lifts the veil of secrecy on the hidden world of intelligence, exploring its successes and failures, challenges and controversies. Learn about some of the artifacts in the Museum Collection.
- Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg: virtual explore the world's first museum dedicated to human rights, centred around the idea that respect and understanding of human rights can serve as a positive force for change in the world.
- Artist Interview: Kent Monkman: go behind the scenes with contemporary Canadian artist Kent Monkman, who discusses the inspiration and making of mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People), an exhibition of two paintings that inaugurates The Met's annual Great Hall commission, on view December 19, 2019, through April 9, 2020. mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People).
- Inside Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams Exhibition: Scott Ormston takes you through each room of the 2019 exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, featuring iconic pieces from Christian Dior himself to Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, Raf Simons, Maria Grazia Chiuri and many more!
- In conversation with Robert Bateman on his 90th Birthday
- Virtual Tour of Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket: have you ever visited us? Located at 134 Main Street South in the historic downtown, the museum was once the North York Registry Office in 1884. We are dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and education of local artifacts that relate to the history and development of the Town of Newmarket and its environs since the 1880s.
- How Refik Anadol Uses AI to Create Art: Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Find out how he uses big data to create his media installations and "sculptures".
- Can an artificial intelligence create art? AI can create music and art. But is it Art?
- McMichael Art Gallery Virtual Guided Tour on Facebook: various dates and times available for virtual tours of the Gallery located in Kleinburg, Ontario from now until June 5, 2020.
- Everything You Need to Know About The Met Ball: fashionistas will know that the First Monday In May is the Annual MET Gala. Here is everything you need to know about its history and how it came to be the Oscar of the fashion world.
- The First Monday In May (Trailer): a 2016 documentary about the 2015 MET Gala, "China: Through The Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. Partial proceeds in May goes to the COVID-19 Relief Fund A Common Thread
- Explore River & Rowing Museum virtually: the Museum opened in 1998 to celebrate the River, the international sport of Rowing and the town of Henley on Thames. Try these activities, some based on the children's book The Wind in the Willows, and challenges and experiments from the River Rowing Museum to help you learn and explore.
- Culture Days Digital Experience: from craft projects and kids activities to live-streamed performances and digital dance classes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Check out these other Heritage links
*New this week* The story of Viola Desmond: In 1946, Viola Desmond was thrust into the public spotlight after refusing to leave the "whites-only" section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. This is the story of how a single act of defiance would change the course of her life and inspire a movement for racial equality across the country. https://youtu.be/szSqfmbXx0Y
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