24 Mar 2020

Canadian Filmmakers @ NFB

Before bouncy castles, ball rooms, wave pools, and trampoline parks, Canadian parents knew where to turn for birthday party padding: the Canadian National Film Board. Mums and Dads drove about town fetching projectors, portable screens, and well-worn film cannisters. Birthday snacks in hand, we kids squished into neighbourhood living rooms

22 Mar 2020

Virtual Cocktail Parties

It’s Covid 2020 and I’ve been invited to my first Zoom Cocktail Party. Hard to imagine, yet here we are. But, I am fully in agreement with those who say that it’s physical, not social, distance we need. So: hair done, outside top, inside bottoms, here we go. But, what

21 Mar 2020

Measha Brueggergosman Launches Urgnt

Artists are often called upon to donate their time and work for fundraisers, community events. Once again, they are stepping to the plate to buoy our spirits in lockdown. A new series – Urgnt Live – is ‘an ad hoc crowd-funded livestream series in empty venues created in response to the

20 Mar 2020

Jazz @ Lincoln Centre Live

‘The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center,’ we read, ‘is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. We believe jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it

20 Mar 2020

Cayman Reef Cam

When it comes to artful beauty, Nature is Queen. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or relaxation, Explore Live Cams has collected live feeds from birds in the sky through animals on land and fish underwater. Here’s a particularly beautiful feed – with colourful visuals and soothing sounds – from East

20 Mar 2020

Canada Performs

With event cancellation after event cancellation, Canadian performing artists have seen their finances tested. The National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada have partnered to create a $100,000 fund to pay artists $1000 for online performances that will be shared on NAC’s Facebook page. The livestreams are scheduled to run for

17 Mar 2020

Met Opera Nightly Streams

‘Puccini’s timeless story of love among young artists in Paris can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. With all the joy and sadness of romance, with comedy and tragedy, with scenes ranging from the intimate to the grand, La Bohème depicts the full scope of human experience: wealth

17 Mar 2020

Ben Platt’s QuaranTunes Dance Party

Speaking of Dear Evan Hansen, Benjamin Platt – whom you might also know from Netflix’s The Politician –  will be hosting a QuaranTunes Virtual Dance Party with some of his fellow Broadway performers today at 3pm PST. There’ll be Lizzo, Beyonce, Aretha, the Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish. Details on Platt’s

17 Mar 2020

Broadway Living Room Concerts

With Broadway dark, performers are taking to their living rooms to offer excerpts from their currently-shuttered shows. The Daily Living Room Concerts so far include performances from Jagged Little Pill, Dear Evan Hansen, Hello Dolly, and Orfeh and Andy Karl singing ‘Rodeo Drive’ from the Pretty Woman musical, with music

15 Mar 2020

Chelene Knight

i. I work as a writer, editor, publishing consultant, and creative writing teacher. ii. I do this creative work because: I have always felt a pull toward the publishing industry. I also believe strongly in finding new ways to help writers build community and sustain long-term careers in the arts. iii.