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.


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

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
    Watch the replay of this live streamed talent showcase that took place on Wednesday, May 13, featuring Etobicoke resident artists
  • 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: Virtual

▶ 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

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: 

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

▶ 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

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

▶ 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.

▶ 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. 

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

▶ Myseum of Toronto

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. 

▶ 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:  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. 

▶ 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.

▶ 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. 

▶ 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: 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.

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

▶ Toronto Dance Community Love-In: Summer Love-In Online 2020
From June 29th to July 10th, the Love-In will host a variety of online offerings to get your summer started with dance, conversation, performance and LOVE. Via Zoom, Instagram Live, Tumblr, Twitch and our website, we will share workshops, interactive conversations, guided meditations, creative processes, dance parties, performances, podcasts, and Toronto’s first Short&Sweet in the virtual world.

▶ 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 - Online (Media Release)
The 59th edition of this annual festival will be held online as we continue to exercise social distancing due to the global pandemic. July 2-12, 2020

▶ 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

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

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