What's Live 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 from the comfort of home. Look for **New** to see what we've added most recently.

What's Coming Up:

Monday May 25

Monday Readings with Marley Dias: The 15 year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks reads a new book live online every Monday. Live on Facebook - 1pm.

Tuesday May 26

Eden Mills Writers' Fest - Music for Tigers: For ages 8-12. Author Michelle Kadarusman will talk about recent reported sightings of the Tasmanian tiger and the inspiration behind Music for Tigers. Register in advance. Live on Zoom - 10.30am.

The Ladybird Fancypants Show: Not your average drag queen storytime. Live on Facebook - 7pm EST.

Sound of Music Festival: An intimate set from Adam Gontier, founding member of Three Days Grace. Live on Facebook - 8pm.

Wednesday May 27

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs: Join therapy dog handler Gary, along with his dog Tinker, for a live reading of the children's book The Virus by Miguel Chen. Live on Facebook - 10.30am.

The Brush Off - Home Edition: Waterloo's original live art making event, now online. Enjoy the intensity of the creative process, vote for your favourite painting, and get a chance to bid on the art after it's over. Live on Facebook - 7.30pm.

Theatres United: 40 performers from 13 local theatre companies sing Do You Hear the People Sing from Les Misérables.

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.

Socrates Project Online: Videos of popular lectures from McMaster University's interdisciplinary hub

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

Sound of Music @ Home Edition: Local musicians live from home at 8pm every evening.

HPO @ Home: Interviews and performances with Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte Wednesdays at 12pm via FaceBook live.

Live From My Living Room: Award-winning musician iskwē hosts conversations with other artists and musicians, on Instagram Live daily at 7pm.

Hamilton Youth Poets: Live writing workshops weekly on Instagram Live.

**New** Eden Mills Writers' Festival: A series of online events featuring the very best of emerging and established Canadian writers, from May to October. Register in advance.

National Arts Centre Author Readings: Live online readings by Canadian authors.

David Baldacci Live Readings: The bestselling author has embarked on a virtual tour; check for upcoming dates and archived videos.

Banff Book Discussions: Virtual book discussions with authors, live on Zoom. Register in advance.

Hamilton Youth Poets: Live writing workshops weekly on Instagram Live.

Canada's Great Kitchen Party: Performances by Jim Cuddy, Barney Bentall, Tom Cochrane, Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies), Alan Doyle, Anne Lindsay, Devin Cuddy, Sam Polley, Danny Michel, Sarah Slean, Tally & Gianni Ferraro.

HPO @ Home: Interviews and performances with Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte Wednesdays at 12pm via FaceBook live.

Fender Guitar Lessons: 3 months of online lessons, for free.

Live From My Living Room: Award-winning musician iskwē hosts conversations with other artists and musicians on Instagram Live.

Arkells Live Music Lessons: Daily music lessons with Arkells’ frontman Max Kerman.

Sound of Music @ Home Edition: Local musicians live from home.

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.

Opera At Home: The Canadian Opera Company brings opera into your life with a new clip posted on Facebook every day at 11am.

Oakville Galleries Home Studio: Educator Erica shows you how to create your own masterpieces, live online on Fridays at 3pm.

Grand Ole Opry: The best country and bluegrass, live on Youtube, Saturdays at 8.30pm.

**New** FOLDA: Festival of Live Digital Art, now online with live performances and webinars. June 10 - 13. Headline performance by iskwē.

The Group of Seven at 100: A virtual curatorial talk from the McMichael Art Gallery, followed by a special musical performance by Bruce Cockburn.

Art Talks: Arts and culture presentations from the Art Canada Institute.

Vancouver Art Gallery Curated Talks: Live interactive art talks, Tuesdays and Fridays on Zoom.

Stratford Festival: Stream free performances online via CBC Gem.

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.

Queer, Far, Wherever You are: Buddies in Bad Times artists performing from their homes, daily at 5pm on Instagram Live.

**New** The Ladybird Fancypants Show: Not your average drag queen storytime. Live on Facebook every Tuesday - 7pm EST.

**New** Eden Mills Writers' Festival: A series of online events for kids featuring the very best of emerging and established Canadian writers, from May to October. Register in advance.

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

Zoo School To You: Virtual learning live from the Toronto Zoo, every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am.

Therapeutic Paws of Canada: Listen to a variety of stories, poems, and heartwarming tales with TPOC Pet Therapy Teams.

Dr. Seuss Raps Over Dr. Dre Beats: You've never heard The Lorax, Green Eggs & Ham, and more quite like this.

Julie's Library: A new storytime podcast for families starring Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton.

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

Flamingo Rampant: Racially diverse and LGBTQ-positive children's books read online on Facebook Live, weekdays at 10.30am

Catherine Hernandez: Catherine reads aloud on Facebook Live, Tuesdays - Fridays at 10am.

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

Good Night with Dolly: Dolly Parton reads select books from the Imagination Library, Thursdays until June 4 at 7pm on Facebook Live.

Author Mac Barnett: Mac Barnett hosts Mac Barnett’s Book Club Show on Instagram Live. He reads his books and hosts Live Cartoons.

Author Oliver Jeffers: Most weekdays, Oliver Jeffers reads one of his books or creates a new story on Instagram Live.

Author Todd Parr: Todd Parr reads one of his books and/or does a fun activity on Instagram Live (previous recordings available in posts).

Author Peter H Reynolds: On Fridays, Peter Reynolds reads one of his books and/or draws on Facebook Live.

Jbrary: A directory of online storytimes and resources for songs and rhymes.

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.

PBS Kids with Michelle Obama: As part of the PBS Kids Read-ALong series, Michelle Obama reads her favourite children's books.

Author Monique Gray Smith: Reads her books and shares the videos on Instagram.

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.

Drawing lessons: With Kevin Sylvester, author of the Neil Flambé series.

Everyone Can Learn Math: Read aloud video with Alice Aspinall.

Mrs. P’s Magic Library: Actress Kathy Kinney, in character as Mrs. P, reads classic children’s stories.

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

Audible Stories: Free audiobooks for kids and teenagers.

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

If You Met a Yeti: Author Amy Leask gives a spirited reading of her book.

YPlay: YMCA programs for kids, including songs and crafts.

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

Kenneth Oppel: Kenneth reads aloud from his books. All ages.

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

LIVE from NYPL - Neil Gaiman's Coraline: Chapters read daily by celebrities including LeVar Burton and Rosario Dawson, live at 6pm from May 12 to May 18. 

Canadian Tulip Festival: Celebrate 75 years since the liberation of the Netherlands, and the first Gift of Tulips, from May 8 - 18.

Magic Show: In support of the Niagara SPCA Humane Society.

Choir!Choir!Choir: Singing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah in support of Nova Scotia.

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. 

In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven talk: Art talk with local writers Jim & Sue Waddington

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.

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