What's Happening Online

Artists, authors, and musicians are taking full advantage of technology, bringing events and concerts online to spread joy, share creativity, and help us all feel more connected. Check out the up-to-date and ever-growing list of FREE readings, music, arts and culture events that you can attend or watch from the comfort of home.

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Meaning of Home: Habitat for Humanity is partnering with school boards across Canada for a literary contest for grade 4, 5 & 6 students. Submit a poem, story or essay about what home means to you and win prizes! The contest runs until February 19th.

Virtual Winterlude: In the company of co-hosts Catherine Marion and Derick Fage, let's set out to conquer the Canadian winter! Admire the work of sculptors in the first-ever virtual Winterlude National Ice-Carving Competition, held simultaneously in 7 cities across Canada: Yellowknife, Banff/Lake Louise, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Gatineau, city of Québec and Halifax. Plus, be entertained by talented artists from the Canadian music scene. Runs until Feb 21.


Virtual Tour of Uprising - The Power of Mother Earth: Join an experienced McMichael docent on a journey through Christi Belcourt's 25-year career chronicled in Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth. Each 60 minute tour is limited to 30 participants to allow for interaction and questions. Runs to April 24. Reserve your spot in advance. Live online - 12.30pm.

Choral Classics - Music to Inspire: An online choral experience. The selections will be chosen from well-known choral masterworks and will provide participants the opportunity to rehearse the music and then sing with pre-recorded performances by The Michael O’Neal Singers. Selections by Bach, Beethoven, Duruflé, Handel, Mozart, Orff, Rachmaninov, and Vivaldi will be a reminder that even in the most challenging times, music has the ability to inspire. This program also includes the option to participate in a Virtual Audio Choir. Register in advance. Until Mar 1. Online - 8pm.


ROMKids Show: Kiron Mukherjee, ROMKids Coordinator & Camp Director, shares at-home activities, stories, behind the scenes anecdotes and fun facts connected to the ROM collections, research, and history. ​On Instagram Live every Tuesday at 2pm.

Feb 18 - Mar 16

Heritage Matters Live with Esi Edugyan: The Ontario Heritage Trust presents bestselling author and two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Esi Edugyan for an exclusive talk on her internationally acclaimed novel Washington Black – touching on the themes of Black heritage, identity, belonging and displacement. Two education-focused and three general-public screenings will be available. Dates and information on their website.

Sat Feb 20 to Sat Feb 27

Halton Garden Week: A week-long virtual event with seed vendors, speakers, workshops, trivia and more. Full schedule at www.haltonfood.ca/garden-week.

Tue Feb 23

Navigating, Challenging, and Confronting Anti-Black Racism - Global Perspectives in Canadian Context: Presented by Sheridan College. In this facilitated keynote, we will review the roots of Black identity and Black history. Dr. Taylor will lead us on a journey of the histories of enslavement and colonization, engage in conversation on Black Canadian history, and leave us with some 'food for thought' on the present-day realities of Blackness for newcomers and Blacks in Canada. Register in advance. Live online - 4pm.

Stories of the African Diaspora: Ontario Black History Society Speaker Series. Storytellers Sandra Whiting and Kesha Christie join us for an evening of stories and humour. Live - 7pm.

Brave New Worlds with Amanda Leduc and Jael Richardson: Join Another Story Bookshop for a live discussion on Zoom with authors Amanda Leduc (The Centaur's Wife) and Jael Richardson (Gutter Child). Live online - 8pm.

Thu Feb 25

Burlington Writers Group: An informal group meeting to discuss writing techniques. Contact Ben Gleisser for link. Live on Zoom - 7pm.

Sat Feb 27

Seedy Saturdays: Gardening workshops held online every Saturday in February.

Oscar Peterson & Friends + 2021 CJMAs: The 2021 Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival is proud to present a special compilation of select moments from Oscar Peterson & Friends, a CBC television series which originally aired in 1981. We will be featuring selected moments with special guests Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Lorne Lofsky, Jimmy Rowles, Butch Watanabe, and Mary Lou Williams. Live on YouTube and Facebook - 3pm.

Tue Mar 9

Kim Echlin - Speak, Silence:Kim Echlin's latest novel weaves together the stories of the women who led the charge to redefine sexual violence in war as a crime against humanity, a war crime, and a constituent element of genocide. Echilin will appear in conversation with award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker, Michelle Shephard. Watch live online or register in advance - 7pm.

Fri Mar 19

A Bollywood Dance Lesson with Karima Essa: Presented by Idea Exchange. A fun and interactive Bollywood dance workshop via Zoom. Kids will learn about the origins of Bollywood dance and some signature dance moves from popular Bollywood cinema and pop culture. Karima Essa is a three-time Canadian National Dance champion, and Vancouver’s very own Bollywood star. Live on Zoom - 2pm.

Art Gallery of Burlington: Virtual events and film screenings.

Art Gallery of Hamilton: Tours, workshops, films, and more - all online!

Royal Botanical Gardens: RBG is offering accessible, diverse and entertaining learning opportunities for all ages, including virtual field trips, videos, and more. New resources are added each week, in English and French.

Cooking Backstage: Watson invites guests from the music industry to his backyard, where they share recipes and cook up a meal and share their experiences in music. His guests have included Brent Kinnaird from the Burlington Sound of Music festival and rapper D.O. Available on YouTube.

Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable: A community collective of organizations, institutions, groups, businesses, and individual community members that is committed to building systemic inclusion and equity in Halton. They host online/virtual events and workshops.

TelePALS: A free, over-the-phone program for adults from Burlington Parks & Recreation.

The Early Life of Frank Armstrong: 92 year old Frank Armstrong shares his stories of growing up in Burlington, what the city was like during the Second World War, his experiences with the fire department, the Lions Club and raising a family in this free podcast. Listen online, or click here to check out historical photos and documents from topics included in each episode.

ROCK EarlyON Virtual Programs & Support: Local child development experts are available online for conversation, and are posting interactive programs and storytimes. Check their schedule on Facebook.

Alex Trebek and the Legacy of Jeopardy!: Author and staff writer for The Ringer Claire McNear chronicles the rise of the game show and its late host in her new book, "Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider's Guide to Jeopardy!". Watch online.

Bookmarks - Celebrating Black Voices: A collection of 12 episodes featuring prominent Black celebrities and artists including Lupita N'yongo, Misty Copeland and Common reading children's books from Black authors, highlighting the Black experience. Hosted by Marley Dias, On Youtube or Netflix.

TelePALS: A free, over-the-phone program for adults from Burlington Parks & Recreation.

Crystal Shawanda: Presented by the Downie Wenjack Fund. Blues singer Crystal is Ojibwe Potawatomi from Wiikwemkoong First Nation, Manitoulin Island, ON. Recorded live; watch online.

Live at Massey Hall: 30 minute concert films, free online.

Hamilton Originals | Live Music from The Westdale: Live music from The Westdale stage on YouTube and Facebook.

National Arts Centre Live Events: Live music performances and more.

Opera At Home: The Canadian Opera Company brings opera into your life with podcasts and videos posted on Facebook.

ROM At Home: Engaging online experiences from the Royal Ontario Museum that connect you with art, culture and nature, including curator conversations and watch anytime videos for kids.

For Viola: A new and important screening series featuring Black, Indigenous, and People Of Colour (BIPOC)-led stories and filmmakers, named in honour of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond. The series seeks to affirm Hot Docs as a space of inclusion for BIPOC creators and audience members alike. Stream live online.

Digital Doors Open: Forget the limitations of geography - Doors Open is going digital! Check out virtual tours and explore some of Ontario's most fascinating sites.

Alanis Obomsawin’s 52nd Documentary Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger: Now available to watch online from NFB. Discover now Jordan River Anderson's short life helped pave the way for a better and more just future for thousands of Indigenous children in Canada.

McMichael Art Gallery: Virtual Tour of A Like Vision, The Group of Seven at 100. Held online weekly every Tuesday and Sunday at 12:30 pm. Register in advance.

Theatre Online: Your guide to where and when to watch captures of live plays and musicals, from the National Theatre and more.

Vancouver Art Gallery Curated Talks: Live interactive art talks on Zoom.

Stratford Festival: Stream free performances online via CBC Gem.

Experience Parliament: Centre Block has closed its doors for long-term renovations, but Parliament: The Virtual Experience invites you to experience it through innovative technologies. Online, in virtual reality or in the classroom, you will be transported through Centre Block's most iconic spaces: the Senate, House of Commons, Library of Parliament and Peace Tower. Each one offers a new perspective on Parliament - its history, its art and its role in the lives of Canadians, today and in the future.

ROM At Home: Engaging online experiences from the Royal Ontario Museum that connect you with art, culture and nature, including curator conversations and watch anytime videos for kids.

Telling Tales: Join us for live virtual workshops and events throughout the year celebrating children's literacy.

The Longest Place Named in Canada: An animated song celebrating the Cree language and how it’s the root of many of the names of Canadian places, including Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake.

Julie's Library: Join beloved icon Julie Andrews for story time! Julie and her daughter, children’s author and educator Emma Walton Hamilton, invite you into their library to read their favorite children's books. Podcasts available online.

Chris McKhool Free Concerts for Kids: Musician Chris McKhool will be providing online live stream concerts for K-12 schools in Burlington. Concerts will be booked on a first come first serve basis, balancing the programming among the wards. Live streams can be viewed in class and also remotely for home learners to connect your entire school community. Contact Chris at chris@fiddlefire.com to reserve.

What happened when we all stopped: An animated poem narrated by Jane Goodall exploring how the Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of living in harmony with nature.

Cincinnati Zoo: Archived home safari resources.

TED-Ed: A carefully-curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website.

YMCA at Home: At-home arts and craft activities, as well as early years songs, all free and available online.

Bibliovideo: A YouTube channel all about Canadian books for young people, including author interviews, read-alongs, how-to demos and more.

OperationStoryTime on Instagram: Search #operationstorytime on social media to find authors reading their works online.

Penguin Kids: Penguin Kids shares read alouds on Instagram Live.

Sing! Sing a Song: Wouldn't you know that a song originally written for children on Sesame Street (by composer Joe Reposo) would be the perfect antidote for what ails the adults of this country? Watch this video and enjoy.

Read The World: Artist Howard Donald reads My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19, in support of the World Health Organization.

Eden Mills Writers' Festival: A series of online events for kids featuring the very best of emerging and established Canadian writers, May to October. Recordings online.

PBS Kids: PBS Kids videos online.

Sterling, Best Dog Ever: Reading by Aidan Cassie.

Anita Daher: Author of books for middle-schoolers reads chapters online.

Rain Boy: Read-along with Dylan Glynn.

Truck Got Stuck: Read along with author/illustrator Jenny Lee Learn.

Dragons in a Bag: Author Zetta Elliott, reads the first three chapters of her book online.

Dav Pilkey at Home: Captain Underpants writer/illustrator hosts virtual readings, drawing classes and more.

Chasing Lemurs: Primatologist Keriann McGoogan leads a biodiverse, wonder-filled and harrowing rainforest trek.

Storytime Online: Listen to famous actors and personalities like Betty White, Oprah, and Kristin Bell read children’s books.

Wendy McLeod MacKnight: The detective fiction writer read chapters from her books geared towards middle schoolers on Instagram Live.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi: Read aloud videos, as well as print-ready activities and more.

Lawrence Hill in conversation with Natasha Henry: The Museums of Mississauga in partnership with The Mississauga Library present an online talk with celebrated Canadian author Lawrence Hill, sharing insight on his current project, a novel about the little-known story of African-American soldiers who built the Alaska Highway in British Columbia and the Yukon during WWII.

Moon on the Crusted Snow: Live interview with #BurlingtonReads author Waubgeshig Rice.

Eden Mills Writers' Festival: A series of online events featuring the very best of emerging and established Canadian writers, May to October. Recordings online.

Canadian Online Art Book Project

Google Arts & Culture: High-resolution images and videos of artworks and cultural artifacts from over 2000 leading museums and archives.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York: Free online art classes.

DWF with Buffy Sainte-Marie: A video lesson from Buffy on the science of music using a mouthbow, and will be followed by a Q&A with Buffy.

Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble: Performances/appearances from Céline Dion, Hayley Wickenheiser, David Suzuki, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more in support of frontline workers and Canadian food banks.

Burlington Teen Tour Band: Online performance, #Band Together/Stay Apart

One World, Together at Home: With performances and appearances by Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Elton John, Keith Urban, and many more.

Andrea Bocelli: Music For Hope - From Duomo di Milano: Music icon Andrea Bocelli gave a solo performance representing a message of love, healing and hope to Italy and the world.

BPL Virtual Events - puppet shows, book clubs and more

What's Online - free movies and educational videos

At-Home Activities for Kids

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