Music can bring great comfort in times like this. The concert hall may be closed, but this live-stream library is free and open to everybody. Enjoy the orchestra performing works by Beethoven, Brahms, and others, as well as superstar guests like Paul Brandt, Renee Fleming, and more.
Full of mini-documentaries, exhibition montages, and behind the scenes experiences, the Esker Foundation’s website has tons of awesome content for you to explore whenever you want. We particularly love its current audio series featuring Katie Ohe talking about her intricate and ingenious sculptural works.
Each month the Esker Foundation facilitates hands-on art workshops for children. As they cannot currently host them in person, they are bringing them to you in your homes. Check out this series of amazing creative projects that use everyday and easy to find materials that you might already have on hand.
The Esker Foundation continues its online programming with its EYE Youth Program. Bringing special youth projects to you each and every Saturday, the very first one is inspired by Jane Trash and Sondra Meszaros’s creative resistance project and workshop, I’m So Angry I Made a Sign. Check back each week to see more.
The Exposure Photography Festival is working to allow access to arts and culture during this difficult time. With new online programming providing a platform for learning, professional development, and enjoyment, it will be sharing talks from its exhibiting artists over the next few weeks so check back regularly.
StoryBook Theatre is thrilled to bring families and young people together for a daily online talk show hosted by local talent. Geared towards all those young people and their families who love musical theatre and are stuck at home looking for a little escape, tune in Monday through Friday at 12:00pm.
Providing kids with great learning experiences during this time, Beat Drop is offering a free online music production course for kids. It’s geared to ages eight to 15 who are brand new to the world of music production. This daily one-hour online class uses free software and tools so be sure to register.
With more than 4,000 titles available for free online, the National Film Board of Canada offers a vast selection of short and feature-length films. Whether you’re looking for animation, documentary or fiction, there’s tons to explore including pieces by local creators.
The Social Distancing Festival is an online community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists who have been affected COVID-19 shutdowns. Run by Nick Green in Toronto, it includes a calendar of live-streams from around the world—there are even local groups.
Get up and move with Sparq Productions’ online movement classes. With a 30-minute Bollywood dance class, tune in to let loose and get those hips moving, feet tapping, and hands up in the air. Classes happen every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:00pm on the Calgary Moves Facebook page so be sure to tune in.
The Calgary Public Library has something for everyone to explore! From virtual storytimes and fun activities, to online courses and unlimited free streaming and reading, hit up this treasure trove of free online resources that you can access anytime from home. And with new content added regularly, be sure to check it out.
If young performers can’t be at Youth Singers right now why not get your fill by watching past performances on YouTube? And since we’re all finding ourselves with more time at home, they’ve ramped up posting to bring you new videos including popular hits, unique originals, and Broadway favourites.
Bringing you the best of Glenbow online, this local institution is connecting with the community throughout its closure with virtual tours, online collections, educational videos, activity ideas, webinars, and more. It’s even got a hashtag—#GlenbowFromHome—where you can share your own content.
Marcus Trummer offers up some music and good vibes that can take our minds off things for a bit. Tune in weekly each and every Monday night for a live streaming concert featuring performances by Trummer and special guests. It’s sure to be a good time.
The Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society is proud to present its online performance project, the Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series. These concerts are free to watch and you can donate to a fund to help as many local musicians as possible.
Contemporary Calgary’s collection of online initiatives endeavours to develop programming that is welcoming, inclusive, engaging, and relevant through digital platforms. Each week, explore a wide variety of programming including artist talks, interviews, workshops, fun art challenges, and more!
This new online platform delivers arts experiences with some of Canada’s most celebrated artists in a national partnership with leading arts organizations including Contemporary Calgary. Experience all things art, from children’s programs to artists talks and workshops!
With an online show every weekday, join Dave Kelly Live for this silly experiment in building an online neighbourhood. This virtual variety show stars Dave Kelly, Mandy Stobo, Russell Broom, and Jim Button alongside a bunch of awesome guests—think Jann Arden, The Heebee-jeebees, Avnish Mehta, and more.
#CanadaPerforms is a short-term relief fund launched by Facebook Canada and the National Arts Centre to help ease the financial strain for Canadian artists and authors impacted by COVID-19. Each day sees multiple streams to check out and local artists include Ellen Doty and Mariel Buckley. Don’t miss it.
Tune in and move with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks live on Instagram. With classes being offered throughout the week, check out options including Ballet Barre, hip hop classes, and dance routines geared towards children. It’s a great chance to get up and stretch.