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

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

▶ Convergence Theatre: Converge Against Corona
An initiative to encourage art making, art patronage and innovative audience experiences.
PART ONE: The Covid Confessions (March 28 – April 3, 2020); Calling all patrons of the arts to commission an artist to make a surprise piece of art for $75. PART TWO: The Corona Variations (April 14 – 19, 2020); A cycle of 6 five-minute “Phone Plays” for one audience – or one household – at a time.

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.

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

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

Indigo: In Conversation with Margaret Atwood
On Instagram Live, Tuesday, April 7, at 3 p.m. EST

▶ 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.

▶ Kaeja d’Dance: Moving Connections: In Touch
Call for submissions to the public to send 3-5 second videos that feature "love in a gesture." All videos will be edited together into one inter-connected piece and shared widely. Deadline: April 6, 2020

▶ 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

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

▶ Soulpepper Theatre: Fresh Ink
Join Soulpepper Theatre at 4:00 PM on Friday April 10th to hear the very freshest work from some of Toronto’s most exciting playwrights! Pour yourself a drink and join Sarah Treem (Creator of Golden Globe Winning series The Affair, When We Were Young and Unafraid, A Feminine Ending), Marcus Youssef (Winners and Losers, King Arthur’s Night, Leftovers), and Erin Shields (If We Were Birds, Piaf/Dietrich, Beautiful Man), read excerpts from their newest work. The event will be hosted by Weyni Mengesha, Frank Cox-O’Connell and Guillermo Verdecchia over Zoom. 

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

▶ The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
This year’s festival will take place virtually — featuring free online events. The FOLD 2020 revised schedule will open April 5
From the Globe and Mail: While COVID-19 shuts down most book events, FOLD decides the show must go on(line)

▶ 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 Royal Conservatory: 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

▶ 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 

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

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

▶ 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.

A livestream concert series featuring 19 Toronto musicians who will perform in some of the city’s iconic and beloved venues, as well as DIY and indie spaces. Taking place between March 20 to April 10

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