Art Activations

Artists and arts organizations are still producing work, and are bringing us together in innovative and creative ways. Browse through this list to see the latest online art activations in Toronto and across Canada.

Three dancers contort their bodies in a dark room
Citadel & Compagnie. “close encounters in the fifth dimension" choreographed by Christianne Ullmark and performed by Amanda Davis, Erin Poole and Margarita Soria at The Citadel Dance Mix 2019.

Black Heritage Online Activations


Online Museums


▶ Follow #CanadaPerforms on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out about exciting, live online performances, made possible by National Arts Centre and Facebook. 

AGO Virtual School Programs
AGO Virtual School Programs spring into classrooms with live dance, architecture, music and art from around the world

aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival:  Ruta de Fuga:  a transmedia documentary that tells the story of the Venezuelan migration crisis through two migration routes from Venezuela to Peru: the Andes Route and the Amazon Route.

Visit Music Africa's Youtube channel for the full 10-day festival of African arts and Culture

Arts Etobicoke:

  • Edge Youth Arts Show 2021: Since 1988 Arts Etobicoke has offered high-school aged youth the opportunity to showcase their artwork alongside their peers in a professional exhibition setting. Each year, the show features artwork from hundreds of students and dozens of schools across Toronto.
  • Arts in IsolationArts In Isolation is a new initiative to deliver free online art classes and cultural experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home
  • Shifting EnvironsVisit Arts Etobicoke's virtual gallery showcasing artists and artworks that address environmental changes as a result of human activity. Curate your own collection from the 200+ submissions.

A collaboration between Toronto's leading arts institutions, provides free, creative and diverse digital content for a range of audiences seeking meaningful artistic experiences. 

Artfest Toronto: The Artfest Ontario Shop was created to sell artists work in tandem with the Artfest Ontario events website.

ArtWorksTO provides opportunities for youth media artists (18-29) who identify as Indigenous, Black and People of Colour and/or 2SLGBTQ+ to gain professional experience, skills and network in the media arts industry. 

▶ Bata Shoe Museum: #bsmfromhome
We’re bringing you #BSMFromHome with something new everyday!

▶ Free Times Cafe: But That's Another Story
Live online storytelling event, first Sunday of every month.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen: 

  • Online Ballet Classes & Workshops Archived and live-streamed beginner, intermediate and advanced ballet classes
  • CBJ dances through Toronto: “Canada's Ballet Jörgen Dances Through Toronto" was choreographed by Bengt Jörgen, C.M. and locations include Graffiti Alley, The Waterfront, City Hall, Casa Loma including George Brown College Casa Loma Campus and in the CBJ studio.

▶ Canadian Opera Company: Digital Content Hub
Even during this era of social distancing, the power of music can continue to connect us. As we go through this unusual time together, please join us in keeping the spirit of opera alive and well at home. 

Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum: CMIM is a virtual museum featuring diverse innovators and inventors from all over the world.

Caribbean Tales TV: Best of the Fest
Every Friday until March 26, Caribbean Tales revisits curated moments from the 2020 festival, from films to panel discussions, with an interactive chat throughout. 

CBC: Art Uncontained
 A new initiative connecting Canadian artists and art lovers that includes original programming from CBC Arts and across the CBC network, as well as a new artist fund in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts

Celebrate Toronto Virtual Festival: This year Celebrate Toronto will be raising funds towards DonateTO’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery and Long term care homes. Let’s do our part to stay safe, stay home and help provide support those in need.

Clay and Paper Theatre: The Third Eye Showcase
Through the image-driven stories of their paper theatres, residents from Parkway Forest Park and beyond share their reflections, dreams, frustrations, fears, revolutionary thoughts and wisdom during these pandemic times.  Recap of their September 26 live recording. An Arts in the Parks Anyplace initiative

Continuum Contemporary Music: Press Play
Sit back, relax and press play – Continuum’s series of 30 minute videos featuring exciting Canadian musicians, composers, and artists in interview and performance. 

COVID-19 Resources Toronto (App)
A collaborative effort by Torontonians to help the city through these difficult times. Includes: ways to help, how to get the assistance you need, fun online activities (art interventions, educational, wellness and exercise classes), and more.

City of Toronto: 

Digital Main Street
Digital Main Street is supported by key features that assist main street businesses as they adopt digital tools, technologies and services.

▶ Esprit Orchestra: The Musical Mind
Extracts of compositions, interviews and performances.

Global Toronto: Artist Showcase 2020
A showcase of twenty Toronto-based musical artists and ensembles, curated by a panel of 5 music professionals

Hannaford Street Silver Band:

  • A Musical Gift for You: In October 2019, the Hannaford Band presented Nine Daies Wonder by Bramwell Tovey. View a recording of the piece, written for the HSSB and performed by renowned violinist Mark Fewer

Harbourfront Centre: Red Sky Performance (Toronto) - More Than Dance, We Are A Movement
A Programming Partnership between DanceHouse (Vancouver), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Danse Danse (Montreal), and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa). Presetned in partnership with Digidance.  April 14th to 20th 2021

▶ Heritage Skills Development Centre: HSDC Community Fest
Join us at our exciting event- HSDC Community Fest Event taking place this Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 3 pm to 8 pm! The event will be broadcasted LIVE on YOUTUBE and TWITCH.

Hot Docs at Home
A round- up of films, with links to various streaming and on-demand platforms. Includes recommendations by Hot Docs staff, selections from their Docs For Schools programming team to help keep young minds engaged, and free online access to audience favourites for members. 

▶ I Lost My Gig:
A space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to COVID-19 in Canada


  • Stay iNdoors with imagineNATIVE Online Indigenous content to enjoy at home. Movies, documentaries, interacive games and VR.
  • Gather in the Telling: During National Indigenous History Month, June 2020, we gathered every Thursday, beginning on June 4th, to watch, discuss, and get inspired by the work of Indigenous filmmakers, both on and off the screen. Celebrate with us and be part of the #iNconversation!

▶ Kaeja d'Dance:

  • Fallow Two solo artists working together - Karen steeped in physical image and Allen's eye as moving camera, both making real-time choices as they respond to their environment and each other.
  • Moving Connections  Moving Connections: In-Touch offers shared gestures of hope and connectivity in response to the world’s pandemic and Karen’s lifelong research based on Touch, connection and isolation. Not to replace our person to person gatherings in close proximity, or our bodies melded as one in the studio, or shoulder to shoulder kinaesthetic responses in the theatre, this is an expression of the meantime, a way to feel connected and give meaning to today. Gestures were collected from an open call of submissions, done on any device - uncurated. 

▶ KasheDance: CV-19 Creative Response
Twice-weekly collaborations with artists generated a written response to CV-19, a soundscape track and movement all created over a month.

▶ Kemi Projects: The Paper Films Trilogy
The Paper Films Trilogy tells the story of an artist’s journey to becoming a mother as she navigates between trust and fear, roles and expectations, to find conviction in her creative voice.

▶ Koerner Hall: Live From Koerner Hall Concert Livestream, and archived events
More than 25 Koerner Hall concerts online for you to enjoy, with some of the finest classical, jazz, and world music on stage. Within this catalogue, they'll be doing a Koerner Hall Concerts Streaming Series on Facebook

▶ Koffler Centre of the Arts: Digital Projects, Virtual Learning
The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a cultural platform that explores critical ideas and concerns of our time through exhibitions, publications, performances, literary events and digital initiatives. 

Labyrinth Ontario: Modal Music in the Parks
Labyrinth Ontario Musical Workshop celebrates our third anniversary by presenting a series of virtual performances and interviews: “Modal Music in the Parks”

▶ Luminato: In Luminato’s new free digital space, audiences from all around the world can connect through art, performance and conversation.

▶ Manifesto Community Projects: Instagram Live series
In partnership with Music Together. Various dates and times. 

▶ Menaka Thakkar Dance Company: Response to COVID-19 - Rising to Resist and Rebuild

  • Trinity of Bharatnatyam: Featuring Brilliant World-Renowned Dancers Bhavajan Kumar & Radhe Jaggi and Menaka Thakkar Dance Company – 10 Dancers performing a group VARNAM in Raga Lathangi. February 14 to March 30, 2021

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival: Encore Plus More
Enjoy the playback of the 21st anniversary festival event that took place on September 5. 

Music Gallery: Music Gallery Live
Watch Parties, Concerts, Talks and recaps of previous events.

▶ Myseum of Toronto

Nagata Shachu: Virtual Taiko
Interactive online Japanese drumming lessons, history, quizzes and performances. 

Native Earth Performing Arts & Nightwood Theatre: Embodying Power and Place
This digital iteration of Embodying Power and Place offers twelve audio-visual works that seek to honour the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Trans, and Two-Spirit people, and strives to create a sacred space in which to reflect, heal, and find renewed hope. View online till April 11.

▶ North York Arts: From Drum to DJ
A hands-on music program that explores the influence of African and Afro-Caribbean/Latinx drumming traditions on the evolution of hip-hop music, turntablism, and popular culture today. Led by Benjamin DeGraaf of Love Music Initiative, this program will be held online for youth age 12-18. 

Ontario Heritage Trust:

  • Digital Doors Open
    Join the Ontario Heritage Trust, Doors Open Ontario and its many partners throughout 2020 on a virtual journey across the province as we open Ontario’s doors – online! 
  • Museums Online:
    The Trust has compiled a list of Ontario museums available for digital tours, which we have reproduced with their permission 

Opera in Concert: Voicebox Live Subscribe to the Opera in Concert Youtube channel for replay performances from their repertoire

Outside Looking in - Replay

Rewatch the Outside Looking In Annual Performance with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Live streamed music and concerts presented by young Latinx entrepreneurs

P.A.N. Pan Arts Network: Producing and promoting the steel pan orchestra concerts, soloists and jazz ensembles; establishing awards of distinction to pioneers in pan, also known as the steel drum.

  • Promoting the Culture of Steelpan: STEELPAN CULTURAL PROMOTERS discuss how to navigate virtual showcases and more!  Replay from Saturday February 6th 
  • Power to Teach: STEELPAN EDUCATORS discuss how to successfully navigate virtual learning and more! Replay from January 29 2021

PlayME Podcast: The Show Must Go On
PlayME presents a new season of plays-turned-podcasts, nearly all cancelled or disrupted by COVID-19. Featuring Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave by David Yee, Take d Milk, Nah? by Jiv Parasram, Secret Life of a Mother by Hannah Moscovitch, The Runner by Christopher Morris, Cowgirl Up by Anna Chatterton, Three Women of Swatow by Chloe Hung and Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion by Drew Hayden Taylor

Planet in Focus: Toronto Bird Celebration 
Keep checking back for updates, as we update the site through the year – outdoor events will eventually be back.

 Red Sky:  

  • Wisdom Keeper Series  Livestream recap of REDTalk featuring Senator Murray Sinclair, author Lee Maracle, and artistic director and moderator Sandra Laronde as they delve into the pandemic and the meaning of wisdom. 
  • The Land on Which We Dance: In 2019, Jacob’s Pillow hosted a week-long landmark celebration where the campus was illuminated with an exchange of song, dance, and storytelling—bringing together local Indigenous peoples with contemporary artists based in the U.S. and Canada. Sandra Laronde, of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance, worked with Jacob’s Pillow to curate this week-long celebration, in association with Christopher K. Morgan and with support from Larry Spotted Crow Mann. See excerpts of performances and story-telling on the one-year anniversary of this momentous gathering. 

▶ Royal Ontario Museum: ROM at Home
Featuring live discussions, topical Q&As, educational activities, and behind-the-scenes videos from ROM curators and experts, ROM at Home opens the doors to the Museum with programming that is accessible through their website and social media channels.

Seneca Coalesce 2021 | Metamorphosis: A New Light
Celebrate the works of Seneca College’s School of Creative Arts and Animation 2021 graduating class at Seneca Coalesce. Mon, May 17, 2021, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM 

▶ Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra: Go Digital with SPO
As the entire planet continues to deal with the restrictions of Covid-19, the SPO has adapated to continue to offer our community, and the world, an incredible classical music experience.

Shadowland Theare: Visit the YouTube Shadowland Channel for constantly updated content from the Toronto Island based group of Theatre and Visual Arts practitioners

▶ SIngular Sensation Online
A long running live musical theatre event turned online performing arts talk show celebrating the strength and resiliency of the theatre community during the pandemic.

▶ SKETCH is a community arts organization that engages young people navigating homelessness in the transformative power of the arts. 

  • Colour Palette:  A collection of works by Black Artists at SKETCH that explore many mediums for storytelling. Monday February 1 - Wednesday March 31, 2021
  • Art in Pandemic: A weekly video series that showcases the resilience and perseverance of artists on the margins as they share their artistic practice and process in light of COVID-19.

▶ Soulpepper Theatre: Fresh Ink (Recap) an opportunity for artists and audiences to share new work, the life blood of the theatre. 

STEPS Initiative: One-of-a-kind art initiatives and engagement strategies that create vibrant public spaces

  • HomeBase: a Toronto based call and supports for 6 community-led public art initiatives #stepsHomeBase
  • Insiders Artist Project: a Canada-wide call and support for 8 community-engaged works produced in publicly visible private spaces, resulted in coast-to-coast work, including three in Toronto. #stepsInsiders 

▶ Tafelmusik: #TafelmusikTogether:
​A digital online initiative created to share moments of beauty and joy through music of the past.

▶ Theatre Direct: 

  • Spark the Future: Live performances from emerging artists and an Industry Series including workshops and panel discussions with industry professionals around the creation and curation of digital work and theatre for young audiences. April 12-16
  • Through the Wall: TUNE IN to hear the voices of young people from across the country share their thoughts about what it has been like to live through this unprecedented time!

Théâtre français de Toronto: 

  • Book Club: Alliance Française de Toronto (AFT) and Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) are teaming up to create a “theatre” book club. This series of virtual meetings will be an opportunity to discuss specific scenes from plays associated with our artistic season.
  • ACT II: "TfT CONNECTED" Offering cultural activities and artistic events accessible to everyone online. This new programming is free of charge. Includes: Writing workshops, shows, acting classes for youth and storytime in french.   
  • Voies/x Ouvertes: Creating On Live Radio: In partnership with ICI Ontario and Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario, TfT invites listeners of the radio program À l’échelle humaine hosted by Isabelle Ménard to participate in the development of two plays: Sombre divan by Michel Ouellette this fall, and Convictions by Lara Arabian this winter.

Theatre Museum Canada:  The Legend Library of videotaped interviews
A series of exclusive interviews with pioneers of Canadian Theatre

▶ Theatre Passe Muraille: Behind the Curtain Series
A look behind the scenes into the operations of the theatre

Theatre Smith-Gilmour: As I Lay Dying
A live streaming of Theatre Smith-Gilmour's adaptation of the William Faulkner epic novel

▶ The Koffler Gallery: Koffler Digital

▶ The Social Distancing Festival:
An online artist community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by COVID-19 

The Songbird Series
The Songbird Series connects people through music, offering personalized performances, recorded by musicians from around the world, sent to those who have little access to personal connection in this time of isolation.

▶ Toronto Arts Foundation: Arts Chats
As part of Toronto Arts Foundation’s ongoing research into the importance of the arts in city and community-building, Arts Chats brings together a diverse array of speakers from a variety of disciplines to discuss timely and under-studied issues that affect them, their practice and the impacts of their work.

▶ TO Live: Living Rooms
Featuring exciting performances by Toronto artists – from the comfort of their living rooms, to yours! 

  • Scott Silven's The Journey: Renowned illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist Scott Silven returns with an all-new, immersive and interactive concept that’s astounding audiences February 16–21 and March 16–28, 2021
  • The Transformations Project: This is a national project in which live performance companies from across Canada are asking some of their favourite artists to approach the above question in whatever way they see fit.

Toronto Consort: Early Music TV
Early Music TV is an all-new, high-quality video-on-demand streaming service dedicated to glorious music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque.

▶ Toronto Jewish Film Foundation: Jewish Films Online

  • No Silence on Race is a movement borne out of the necessity for racial equity and inclusivity within Canadian Jewish spaces. Dedicated to building a Jewish community reflective of its immense diversity, the movement is committed to advocacy, education, and change.
  • Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana: While working in Ghana, Gabrielle Zilkha discovers the vibrant Sefwi Jewish community.  She brings us along on her journey to better understand what it means to belong to the Jewish people and why some people’s Judaism is questioned while that of others is taken at face value.

▶ Toronto Museums: Awakenings
Experience Toronto’s many stories through the Awakenings program. This series of art projects was created within Toronto History Museums by Black, Indigenous and artists of colour.

Toronto Musical Concerts: BIG GIRL & Friends daily YouTube Live stream
Featuring professional Canadian musical theatre artists sharing performances and conversations to promote awareness and support for The AFC’s (Actors’ Fund of Canada) vital services for those most vulnerable to the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair:

  • Year of Public Art 2021 Members of the Mayor’s External Advisory Committee for the Year of Public Art 2021 discuss their perspectives on this important City initiative and why they are lending their energy and individual expertise to ensure its success.

▶ Toronto Public Library: 38 ways to use the library from home (digital library services)
A quick guide to all of the online services you can use with your library card, or use code TPL2020 to receive a temporary digital card.

▶ Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Toronto Symphony Plays Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring From Their Homes (video)

  • Watch and Listen: enjoy audio and video selections from TSO's repertoire from the comfort of your home.

Trinity Square Video
Free and PWYC online workshops, programming, exhibitions and community support for media artists and more.

Co-presenting a 4-week series of 19 shows curated by some of Ontario's most dynamic cancelled festivals and presenters. 

Vibe Arts: Online Art Programs
 Ongoing programs to employ artists, inspire communities and keep the arts flowing through the lives of people in Ontario

Wee Festival: Wee Digital Artistic performances and activities for children, across Canada and the globe