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 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.

Online Museums



▶ Follow the hashtag #CanadaPerforms to view 45-60 min musical performance videos online, made possible by National Arts Centre and Facebook. 

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

Artscape Daniels Launchpad
Offering free daily virtual programming for creatives and creative entrepreneurs through Launchpad Learning Online and Launchpad Virtual Wellness

Arts Etobicoke:

  • Arts in Isolation
    Arts 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
  • Spotlight Etobicoke
    Replays of two Etobicoke resident talent showcase events on May 13 and August 19 2020.
  • Shifting Environs
    Visit 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: Artfest Spring Online Event
Recap of their May 15-22 event. Featuring artists, videos, stories, special guests, live music, children’s art activities, and more!

▶ Bata Shoe Museum: #bsmfromhome
Check their website every week for online resources for the entire family

Beaches Jazz: East York Jam Fest
Free streaming event - live performances. September 19 starting at 7 pm

▶ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre: Queer, Far, Wherever You Are
A digital performance and blog series. Content includes burlesque, readings, DJ sets, makeup tutorials and more. Weeknights at 5 p.m. on Instagram.

▶ 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

▶ 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. 

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

▶  Caribbean Tales Film Festival: 

  • CTFF 2020: Ready.Set.15!: The 2020 CaribbeanTales International Film Festival celebrates 15 years... 9 Theme Nights | 30 Films | A Virtual Cinema Affair

▶ CRC at Fred Victor: Taste of Regent Park
Produce market, Woodfire oven, Community meals, Local vendors, Artists and Performers, and kids activities throughout the summer 

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: 

  • DriveInTO: The City launches a free drive-in entertainment program at key locations in Toronto, including concerts, screenings and sports broadcasts
  • Stay, Play & Learn at Home
    A free, one-stop-online resource of recreational, active living and educational activities. Content is available for all ages
  • City of Toronto: Performances under the High Park Cherry Blossom Trees
    Enjoy this performance from May 6 under the High Park cherry blossom trees, by author Marianne Apostolides and taiko drum ensemble Nagata Shachu, featuring Kiyoshi Nagata, Aki Takahashi and Tony Nguyen.

Culture Days: Digital Experiences
Performances, talks, live content, films, documentaries, playlists, kids stuff and more

Dance: Corps: Another Day in COVID-19 Land
A series of online dance projects

▶ Esprit Orchestra: SoundBites
Extracts of compositions that Esprit has performed in recent seasons. Beginning May 19, 2020

Fall For Dance North: FFDN Online
Fall for Dance North (FFDN), Toronto’s premier international dance festival, presents its reimagined, sixth anniversary edition, The Flip Side, Sept. 29–Oct. 18, 2020, featuring free live and digital experiences, original video and audio series, and interactive programs. A ticketed marquee livestream event, showcasing six world premieres by diverse Canadian dancemakers will be broadcast from the Fleck Dance Theatre, in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, on Oct. 3, with surprise guests. 

▶ Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
Monthly webinars to help writers develop their craft and navigate the publishing industry, and reading challenges. 

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

▶ Heritage Skills Development Centre: 2020 Afro Carib Fest Online
Celebration of the culture and diversity of Afro-Caribbean communities and beyond through showcasing arts, music, dance and our cultural heritage. Enjoy the playback of the August 22nd livestream. 

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


  • imagineNATIVE at the DriveinTO: imagineNATIVE is proud to partner with the City of Toronto for DriveInTO to bring a night of FREE programming at Ontario Place!  On Tuesday, August 18, at 8:45 pm, imagineNATIVE will be screening Zoe Hopkins' family adventure KAYAK TO KLEMTU
  • 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!

▶ Inter/Access: Bandwidth: Cultivating Media Art Online
InterAccess is launching a new online programming series that will bring together our members, instructors, artists, curators, and audience during a time of isolation.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura and DLT: Theatre On-Call
A festival of contemporary, interactive performances occurring over the phone and other digital platforms, a way of keeping connected during these uncertain times. Ongoing activities with multiple timeslots.

▶ John B. Aird Gallery: Gay Gardens
Curated exhibition that explores the sexual nature of flowers and plants. The Aird is a generous, safe contemporary art exhibition space where visual culture can be shared and explored by an audience as diverse as its makers.

▶ 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.

▶ Kensington Market Jazz Festival Goes ONLINE for 2020
Live online programming October 3-4, 2020. Check back early July for announcements and lineup.

▶ 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. 

  • Shop Thirty Works: An online art sale in support of visual artists and the Koffler Centre of the Arts

lb/sq" (pounds per square inch: Monument 
You are invited into a conversation/ performance of the first of our remounted 25th anniversary Solos.  Monument was first premiered in 2016 and now is being recreated for film.  Join the artistic team as they share their recent collaboration and some excepts of raw footage.  Wear green — its a Thursday. 

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

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. 

Nielson Park Creative Centre: Shades of Summer - Free Online Workshops for Kids
On Thursday, July 30, NPCC will be celebrating our park by offering our "Shades of Summer" workshops a mini-series of beginner arts & craft workshops for kids below 12 years of age and their families. These workshops will cover skillful and playful techniques in acrylic painting, sketching and rock painting

  • Summer Online Classes for adults
    NPCC has chosen Zoom to be the platform for our online classes. Once you are enrolled, we will email you detailed instructions on how to download the free Zoom platform and the Zoom meeting links. It’s an easy and straightforward process. 

North York Arts: Big Band Exchange
Big Band Exchange is a one-of-a-kind experience for you to connect with and support Toronto bands and musicians through the “exchange” of memories and stories about jazz, music, dancing, and everything in between through conversations and video podcasts! Facebook Live: August 9, 16, 23, 30

Obsidian Theatre: Black Magic
'Black Magic' is a co-presentation of Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre. Watch on Obsidian Theatre's YouTube Channel on Friday, August 14, 7:30 ET, and share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #ADBlackMagic.

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 

Ontario Live: Music Together
A living room concert series for Ontario musicians

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

▶ Outside the March: The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries
This custom, improvised narrative experience unfolds over a week’s worth of short daily phone calls (Monday thru Saturday), as intrepid private investigators delve into your very own micro mystery using the investigative power of good conversation. 

Live streamed music and concerts presented by young Latinx entrepreneurs

▶ Patel-Brown: Critical Foundations
A series of essays by writers from the local art community commissioned by Patel Brown. Spurred from a thirst for education and with a mandate to champion an evaluative approach in the Canadian art world, the series aims to spark meaningful and relevant conversations around salient themes to the contemporary art community.  

▶ Paradise Theatre: Virtual Paradise Theatre
In partnership with Film Movement and Area 23a Films, Paradise Theatre invites you to cozy up at home to watch selected favourites

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:  

  • FLOW: new work commissioned by Fall for Dance North, with additional support from Neighbourhood Dance Works and sponsored by the Harbourfront Centre. Saturday, October 3 at 2 PM EST (Eastern Time)
  • 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. 

▶ Rivoli Home Sessions
Rivoli Instagram Artist Takeover from the safe confines of their homes

▶ Digital Main Street: shopHERE
ShopHERE provides Toronto businesses and artists a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away.

▶ 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.

▶ SKETCH is a community arts organization that engages young people navigating homelessness in the transformative power of the arts. 
Creating Against the Odds: Online arts programming to increase young people's access to one-on-one mentorship, leadership training, and community support to meet basic needs during this pandemic.
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
Fresh Ink is 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 
  • Toronto Makes Good: capacity-building workshops for 30 emerging artists, and large-scale photo exhibit featuring 9 emerging Toronto photographers exploring health and wellness, to be installed on downtown construction site
  • Main Street Art Challenge: community arts programming for Toronto area business districts that will result in over 26 public art installations in collaboration with over 10 Toronto area business improvement areas.
  • CreateSpace Artist Workshop: a virtual event series focused on building awareness and capacity of diverse Canadian artists working in public spaces.

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

▶ Theatre Direct: Balancing Act
Introducing four new digital programs designed to inspire intergenerational learning, support artist caregivers and engage young people through art.

Théâtre français de Toronto: 

  • The Concierge As part of the Feuilles Vives 2020, Théâtre Action presents Le Concierge by Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin, produced by the Théâtre français de Toronto and DLT
  • 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.   

▶ 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: There are Times and Places
There are Times and Places investigates how we interact socially and intellectually in digitally constructed realities. Featuring four original artworks, each exploring and locating the significance of online spaces.

The Koffler Centre of the Arts: Book Reading: Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo
Acclaimed writer and visual artist Shani Mootoo reads an excerpt from her new novel, Polar Vortex.

▶ 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.

Thompson Landry Gallery: France Jodoin Virtual Exhibition
Virtual exhibition of Jodoin's new paintings in our Virtual Gallery on Art Gate VR from July 13th to August 16th. All you need is an Oculus Go or Oculus Quest headset, and the Art Gate VR application is free to download in the Oculus Store. You can access the virtual works at your leisure, or contact the Gallery for one of us to meet you there! Visit the gallery website for a look at Jodoin's works and those of other artists.

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

Toronto Carnival: Virtual Carnival
Watch highlights of the 2020 virtual Carnival on their Youtube channel.

▶ Toronto Jewish Film Foundation: Jewish Films Online
The TJFF collection is currently available for free, with new films added each week!

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). Monday to Saturday at 7 PM ET / 4PM PT.

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

Word on the Street: 2020 Summer Spectacular
Explore your imagination at The Word On The Street's Summer Spectacular! This FREE series of online activities for kids and teens runs from August 17-28. Join us for activity-based learning, readings by featured authors, writing workshops, and more.