What's Live Online

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.

BPL Kids Monthly Literacy Calendar: March

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