Artists, authors, and musicians are taking full advantage of technology, bringing storytimes 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 from the comfort of home. Look for **New** to see what we've added most recently.
For kids - Storytimes & Book Readings
**New** Good Night with Dolly: Dolly Parton reads select books from the Imagination Library, Thursdays at 7pm on Facebook Live.
**New** Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Authors Read-Aloud: From Mon April 6 to Fri April 10, Blue Spruce 2020 nominees read aloud their nominated titles. One in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Author Mac Barnett: Most days at 3pm, Mac Barnett reads his books on Instagram Live.
Author Monique Gray Smith: Reads her books and shares the videos on Instagram Live.
Author Oliver Jeffers: Every weekday at 2pm, Oliver Jeffers reads one of his books on Instagram Live.
Author RJ Palacio: Reads a section from her book, Wonder, daily at 12pm on Twitter Live.
Author Todd Parr: Todd Parr reads one of his books on Instagram Live (previous recordings available in posts) at 2pm.
Author Peter H Reynolds: Every weekday at 3pm, Peter Reynolds will read one of his books on Facebook Live.
Jbrary: A directory of online storytimes and resources for songs and rhymes.
Mrs. P’s Magic Library: Actress Kathy Kinney, in character as Mrs. P, reads classic children’s stories.
OperationStoryTime on Instagram: Search #operationstorytime on social media to find authors reading their works online.
Penguin Kids: Every weekday at 11am, Penguin Kids will share a read aloud on Instagram Live.
We are Teachers: The Big List of children’s authors doing online read alouds and activities
Arts & Entertainment Links
**New** Queer, Far, Wherever You are: Buddies in Bad Times artists performing from their homes, daily at 5pm on Instagram.
**New** Katharine McPhee Foster: Actor and musician Katharine McPhee Foster and her husband, the Grammy-winning music producer David Foster, perform at the piano in their home, on Instagram Live daily at 8.30pm.
**New** Live From My Living Room: Award-winning musician iskwē hosts conversations with other artists and musicians, on Instagram Live daily at 7pm.
Arkells Live Music Lessons: Daily music lessons with Arkells’ frontman Max Kerman.
Sound of Music @ Home Edition: Local musicians live from home at 8pm every evening.
Montreal Symphony Orchestra: Weekly concerts from orchestra performers.
The Social Distancing Festival: Sharing the work of artists who have had shows cancelled due to the need for social distancing.
The Metropolitan Opera: Encore presentations streamed daily, starting at 7.30pm.
Stratford Festival: Stream free performances online via CBC Gem.
National Arts Centre presents Canada Performs: A series of live Facebook events featuring Canadian artists.
Toronto International Film Festival - Q&A with Sarah Polley and Cameron Bailey on Instagram Live at 7pm on Apr 1, followed by screening of Away From Her on Crave TV.
Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD): FOLD Kids Academy hosts Canadian author readings 11am, Mar 23-27.
Choir!Choir!Choir: Mister Noby's record release party, on Facebook Live, Mar 27, 4pm.
Alan Doyle Sing-a-long: On Facebook Live, Mar 28 at 8pm.
InstaChoir Through the Decades: Hosted by Jordan Travis and Hayley Verrall, on Facebook Live, Mar 28 at 5pm.
Hamilton Shows Up2: An online cultural experience hosted by Cobalt Connects, on Facebook Live, Mar 28 at 5pm.
Fender Guitar Lessons: 3 months of online lessons, for free.
Audible Stories: Free audiobooks for kids and teenagers.
SAG-AFTRA Foundation: Listen to famous actors and personalities like Betty White, Oprah, and Kristin Bell read children’s books.
YMCA online exercise classes: Stay active with online fitness videos.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield: Fact-checking your favourite space movies.
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