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:

Thu Aug 13

An Afternoon of Maud Lewis: A live virtual presentation celebrating the life and works of Canadian folk art heroine Maud Lewis with McMichael Chief Curator Sarah Milroy, followed by a special performance by Sarah Slean debuting songs from her new musical Maudie. Registration required. Live online - 4pm.

Eden Mills Writers Fest - On Being Alive: What if honest conversations about death could lead us to live happier and more meaningful lives? The three books featured in this session explore death in different ways. Join Dakshana Bascaramurty (This is Not the End of Me), John Gould (The End of Me), and Ray Robertson (How to Die: A Book About Being Alive), along with host Steven W. Beattie of Quill and Quire. Register in advance. Live online - 8pm.

Sat Aug 15

Lana Button: The award-winning author headlines a wonderful virtual event launching her shrewd and captivating new tale of a student braving his fears. Lana will share Raj's Rule (For the Bathroom at School) and her great insights into the social anxieties of children. There'll be a visiting guest or two, craft and activity ideas, and a reading of this delightful new book. Live on Facebook - 10am.

Mon Aug 17

Metamorphosis - A Viral Trilogy: Three fictional audio diaries by internationally acclaimed, multiple award-winning Toronto novelist André Alexis, Metamorphosis charts the progress of a fictional global pandemic in Canada’s largest city through three fictional audio diaries. Presented by TO Live, Summerworks and Canadian Stage. Part 1 available online on Aug 17.

Starting Aug 17

2020 Summer Spectacular: Explore your imagination with 2 weeks of daily virtual programming for kids and teens, with activity-based learning, readings by featured authors, writing workshops, and some friendly competition. Register in advance.

Ignition Hacks: A free virtual hackathon targeted towards middle, high school, and university students. Over the course of two days (August 22-23), our event will introduce participants to artificial intelligence and its various applications through a series of workshops and seminars featuring guest speakers. Sign up in advance.

The Hockey Sweater: Join HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte as she takes you behind the music of this iconic story.

Art Gallery of Burlington: Starting in July, tune in twice a week for a 90-minute live webcast hosted by an artist and musical guest. For each episode, a different dynamic duo will walk viewers through an art project using ingredients you can find at home.

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.

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

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

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

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

Southern Ontario Lyric Opera: Live performance by Allison Cecilia Arends, Soprano, and Paul Williamson, Tenor, accompanied by Sabatino Vacca, Artistic Director for SOLO, in a programme of opera highlights.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival: Tune in every Friday this summer for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series, broadcasting live from the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91.

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

Hamilton Originals | Live Music from The Westdale: Live music from The Westdale stage every Thursday evening at 8pm on YouTube and Facebook.

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

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

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.

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

Oakville Galleries Home Studio: Educator Erica shows you how to create your own masterpieces.

Fergus Scottish Festival: Performances from the festival online.

McMichael Art Gallery: Virtual Tour of A Like Vision, The Group of Seven at 100. Held online weekly every Wednesday, Friday 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.

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.

 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.

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

Virtual Airshow: The Toronto Airshow will be hosting an online event over Labour Day weekend with never before seen footage from your favourite performers of the last 70 years. Live online. Sat Sep 5 - 12pm.

The Hockey Sweater: Join HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte as she takes you behind the music of this iconic story.

Mr. Kane's Storytime: The kindergarten teacher whose drag persona makes up one half of Fay & Fluffy has countless storybook read-alouds for kindergarteners everywhere.

Cincinnati Zoo: Facebook Live videos highlighting a new animal each weekday at 3pm, and shared via Youtube after the live stream.

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

Art Gallery of Burlington: Starting in July, tune in twice a week for a 90-minute live webcast hosted by an artist and musical guest. For each episode, a different dynamic duo will walk viewers through an art project using ingredients you can find at home.

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.

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

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

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.

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO): Join Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte as she takes you “Behind the Music of The Hockey Sweater”

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

We are Teachers: The Big List of children’s authors doing online read alouds and activities.

The Ladybird Fancypants Show: Not your average drag queen storytime.

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

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

Zoo School To You: Virtual learning from the Toronto Zoo.

Author Oliver Jeffers: Oliver Jeffers reads one of his books or creates a new story.

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

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.

Catherine Hernandez: Catherine reads aloud on Facebook.

PBS Kids: PBS Kids Read-ALong series, including Michelle Obama.

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.

Flamingo Rampant: Racially diverse and LGBTQ-positive children's books read online.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

InstaChoir Through the Decades: Hosted by Jordan Travis and Hayley Verrall.

Hamilton Shows Up2: An online cultural experience hosted by Cobalt Connects.

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