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.

On Now

One Page Literary Festival

This week in virtual lit events

Buzzfeed Books

May 1 - 31

The Conscious Kid: A storytime series for AAPI/Asian Heritage Month, in partnership with Harry Shum Jr. and Wong Fu Productions. New read-alouds every week, featuring Padma Lakshmi, Ming-Na Wen and Randall Park. On YouTube.

May 5 - 12

Virtual Sakura Festival: Commemorating Burlington’s 32-year twin-city friendship with Itabashi, Japan. Follow the City's social media channels, @cityburlington on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, for videos featuring traditional Japanese performances in music, dance and more.

Tue May 18

Night of Power by Anar Ali - Equity and Diversity Book Club: Join passionate members of Halton Equity & Diversity Roundtable and Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton Public Libraries to discuss a diverse collection of books. Register in advance. Live online - 7pm.

Tue May 26

Experiences Canada Online Youth Workshops | The Social Trap: Your online presence probably takes many forms already. Your digital identity is the fusion of all the attributes and information available online. In this conversation, we’ll explore if your online footprint reflects your values, reality and reflect on how our constant clicking, liking, swiping, and algorithms have impacted our lives. Register in advance. Live online - 6pm.

Thu May 27

Toronto Lit Up - Dakota McFadzean: Join Toronto comic artist Dakota McFadzean to celebrate the launch of TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE with Conundrum Press. This Toronto Lit Up event will feature a live reading with musical accompaniment by actor and composer Daniel Maslany (Murdoch Mysteries), lots of cartooning fun, plus door prizes! Register in advance. Live online - 7.30pm.

Tue Jun 1

Lead by Example: TedxYouth@Manalapan presents an event dedicated to highlighting successful voices with lives that challenge the status quo. From cooking to personal finance to anti-bullying campaigns, TedxYouth@Manalapan explores what it means to be a youth leader. Our mission is to inspire Gen Zs and Millennials to take initiative and create change in their communities. Register in advance. Live online - 7pm.

Tue Jun 8

Experiences Canada Online Youth Workshops | Not Your Average Identity: Self-Identity is your knowledge and perception of yourself. It is by experiencing, learning and having feedback from those around us that we come to identify our characteristics, abilities, needs and feelings. Together, we will discuss the different ways of accepting, building self-esteem and evolving at our own pace. Register in advance. Live online - 6pm.

Tue Jun 15

Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary by Joshua Ferguson - Equity and Diversity Book Club: Join passionate members of Halton Equity & Diversity Roundtable and Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton Public Libraries to discuss a diverse collection of books. Register in advance. Live online - 7pm.

YMCA Summer Work Exchange: A national exchange opportunity for 16- and 17-year-old youth living in Canada. Over six weeks in the summer, youth travel to another community in Canada, living and working in their second official language. Participants are employed in public sector or non-profit jobs, providing them with meaningful employment experience and a chance to contribute to impactful work in communities across the country.

Cherry Blossoms in Spencer Smith Park: To encourage everyone to stay home and stay safe during the current Stay-at-Home order, Burlington is posting daily photos of the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) trees during their peak bloom period.

Commissioner of Oaths Services: The Centre for Skills Development offers free virtual appointments with a Commissioner of Oaths. Appointments required.

No Dragons for Tea: A multi-lingual read aloud with the Oakville Fire Department, presented by Oakville Public Library.

Virtual Support Workshops from CMHA Halton Region: Weekly drop-in sessions and more, covering topics such as anxiety, wellness, and family support.

Period Poverty Campaign: We are accepting donations to our GoFundMe for Bridging the Gap, supporting homeless/at-risk youth.

Southern Ontario Lyric Opera: SOLO presents LOVESTRUCK, a Valentine’s virtual concert programme of great romantic moments in opera! Featuring Stephanie DeCiantis, Soprano, Corey Arnold, Tenor, Sabatino Vacca, Piano. Recorded at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Oakville

A Conversation with Caregivers: Judy Shone's latest book, Did You Hide the Cookies?, shares her candid reflections and personal experiences of being the solo caregiver to a loved one. She discusses her journey as a caregiver and the emotional chaos that accompanies caring for a loved one with Alzheimer disease, COPD and anxiety. Moderated by Danielle Arbour, Public Education Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton. Presented by Halton Hills Public Library.

Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (HEDR) Social Inclusion Project: HEDR, with funding from the United Way Hamilton & Halton (UWH&H) and Halton Region, has started the Social Inclusion Project. BIPOC Halton residents aged 18+ are invited to participate in a focus group, conducted via Zoom, to provide an opportunity to discuss challenges experienced before and as a result of the pandemic. Complete the form to register here.

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.

Southern Ontario Lyric Opera: SOLO presents LOVESTRUCK, a Valentine’s virtual concert programme of great romantic moments in opera! Featuring Stephanie DeCiantis, Soprano, Corey Arnold, Tenor, Sabatino Vacca, Piano. Recorded at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Oakville

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.

Art Gallery of Burlington: Virtual events and film screenings.

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

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.

TIFA Kids! Our Little Kitchen - Jillian Tamaki: A reading and Q&A with illustrator, Canadian-cartoonist and winner of the Governor General’s Award and Caldecott Honour, Jillian Tamaki. Tamaki is the author of the lively food and community picture book, Our Little Kitchen. When a crew of neighbours come together to cook a meal, fun, adventure and new lessons are learned. Ages 4-8.

Ontario Science Centre: Recordings from past virtual programs, including Coral Conservation, Science & Magic, and All About Mars.

No Dragons for Tea: A multi-lingual read aloud with the Oakville Fire Department, presented by Oakville Public Library.

Dance At Home - Kids: Creative Movement supports the development of the whole child, fostering expression, collaboration and creativity while developing fundamental aspects of physical literacy. Step-by-step videos, activity plans, and more to help your child discover the joy of creative movement—all in fun and engaging activities that are easy to do at home.

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

At-Home Activities for Kids

APPLY for your library card online now