Vancouver arts and entertainment live streams and online content you can watch at home
As social distancing, self-quarantining and keeping safe become the new normal, local artists are working to bring audiences engaging entertainment to pass the time.
So many in our creative community are now dedicated to providing live and interactive content at a time when many are confined to home, that we decided to compile this list of events, which will be regularly updated.
Enjoy, and remember to support local arts and culture at this difficult time. If you have an event you would like mentioned please send details (what, when, the event link and contact email/phone number) to email@example.com
ExplorASIAN 2020 Virtual Festival
When:Until May 31
What: A month-long series of events celebrating Asian Heritage Month, including musicians Vince Mai, Noriko Kim Kobayashi and Kage performing the explorASIAN theme song. Full festival program is available at explorasian.org.
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Virtual Creator Talk with Snowpiercer showrunner Graeme Manson
When: Thurs., June 4, 5 p.m.
Where: Book at VIFF.org
What: Based on popular graphic novels, Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s apocalyptic science fiction film was a big hit. Now it’s turned into a series written and executive produced by Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson. Presently airing on TVT, the show arrives on Netflix on May 25. This is a chance to hear Manson chat about the show’s creation.
Topsy Turvy a RE-Imagined Disney Digital Cabaret
When: May 24, 7 p.m.
Where: Watch at Fabulist Theatre facebook
What: Topsy Turvy is an updated, offbeat live-streamed performance of the hit show Fabulist Theatre presented to sold out houses in 2019. All funds raised will be split 50/50 between AFC (formerly the Actors Fund of Canada) and half to the performers. The cast includes actors who have worked everywhere from TUTS and the Arts Club to the Stratford Festival and touring Broadway shows.
Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival
When: Until May 31
What: An online screening of the 8th annual festival of short films from BC and around the Pacific Rim. Single tickets are $10 or $25 festival pass. There will be online filmmaker Q&A sessions as well.
Wuji Systems Classes
What: Live video classes and private sessions are available with Sifu Ayron Howey to study kickboxing, grappling, boxing, yoga and general workouts.
Dan Mangan: Nice, Nice, Very Nice online
When: June 6, noon
What: Dan Mangan presents an online performance of his Nice, Nice, Very Nice 10th anniversary tour which didn’t happen due to COVID-19.
The Virtual Beer Festival Episode III
When: June 13
What: The third installment of this event where your pass gets you a curated 10 pack of beer with shipping included for $42.99 and then you can take guided tastings with different breweries, guests, interactive games, comedy sketches and band performances. Half Baked’s Jim Breuer is the co-host this month. No repeats of the April or May events.
Backstage at CapU
What: Past highlights and coming events from the various performances that have rocked the stage at CapU and other venues. Join host Fiona Black for these intimate behind-the-scenes broadcasts.
Theremin Music and Meditation
When: Sundays, 8 p.m.
Twenty-five-year veteran of the Vancouver rock scene, Stephen Hammstarted these weekly sessions to sooth COVID-19 isolated minds broadcast live from the Celestial Grotto. The theremin is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact.
Vancouver Quarantine Performance Project: Round 2
When: Submissions until May 22. Event, June 6, 7.
A second edition of the online live-streamed film and variety show is being planned. Started in March with the idea of giving out-of-work filmmakers, performers and creatives something to do, the premiere edition yielded up 130 projects and strong viewership. Submissions in four categories — short film, monologue, original song and talent show — are being taken until May 22. Get creative.
Beginners Tai Chi and Karate Classes
When: various days and times.
Vancouver Traditional Martial Arts Dojo sensei Lucas Trottier is offering free online exercise classes on Mon. and Thurs. at 12 p.m. for anyone who needs an afternoon break. For those interested in learning the arts of Tai Chi Chuan or Shorinji Ryu karate, Trottier is offering paid online classes.
5X: Race to the Stage
When: Registration starts June 11
Performances and more on 40+ stages across the globe with 60+ local and international performers. Using the Stepathlon app platform’s 5X app, participants can be active and engaged in both physical activities and games with daily contests, challenges and events. It’s like a gaming experience towards arts and cultural festival action. The final two day 5X Mainstage is the ultimate goal and takes place on Sept. 19 and 20.
Virtual Spotlight on Romy Schneider
When: Until May 28
A showcase of some classic films featuring German-French actress Romy Schneider. Two works are directed by French auteur Claude Sautet and one from Polish director Adrezej Zulawski.
At Home With Michael and Luisana
When: Daily, 2 p.m.
Join Michael and Luisana live every day covering everything from cooking, exercise and equipment to whatever takes the couple’s fancy. The posted schedule says Mon: Cooking; Tues.: Exercise; Wed.: Entertainment from movies, TV shows, podcasts and more to Thurs.: Games and the weekly Friday recap and question and answer session.
VSO School of Music Virtual Classroom
Almost 1,000 people are learning music online from the VSO School of Music’s virtual classroom. Students range across B.C., Canada, the U.S. and beyond. Registration for the new session is ongoing.
NFB: True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball
When: Now streaming
Vancouver-born and raised director Ryan Sidhoo played in the Kitislano Youth Basketball program run by former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis and his son Hubert. His film looks at the basketball scene in Toronto.
Vancouver Public Library family events
When: Various days and times
To help parents keep their young ones engaged, the VPL offers Facebook Live Storytime, where librarians livestream songs and stories for young children of all abilities. More songs and books are shared on Virtual Storytime, Saturday mornings on YouTube. Virtual Babytime on Wednesdays presents activities and entertainment for new parents and their infants.
Bria Skonberg: Stories, Songs and Singalongs
When:Wed., 1 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.
What: New York jazz trumpeter and singer Skonberg had her early career jump-started by the one and only Dal Richards, singing and playing in his orchestra. Join her for hang outs.
Bob Moses: The Bobcast
When:Thurs., 5 p.m.
What: Catch a weekly live DJ set from this New York City-based Vancouver band.
Little Chamber Music’s Isolation Commissions
What: This is Little Chamber Music (formerly The Little Chamber Series That Could)’s COVID-19 isolation project to give focus and much needed funds to suddenly hard-up performers and composers.
Works are commissioned after a $200 donation to Canada Helps, and the money is given to an artist to creating a music video which illustrates how the pandemic affects them as people and as musicians.
Donate to the project at canadahelps.org.
The Cinematheque Virtual Screenings
When: Ongoing, check times
What: Presently screening a series by director István Szabó until April 16. Includes such films as Confidence (1980), Colonel Redl (1985) and others.
World Beat Canada and Celt in A Twist
When: Weekly, online
What: Each and every week, Cal Koat and Co. present these lively tours of the world music and Celtic music scenes to 20-plus markets across Canada and the U.S. Formerly on Roundhouse Radio, the shows continue drawing from “a one of a kind physical library of over 5,000 titles” as well as fresh new tracks.
Showcase B.C online hub
B.C. Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare announced Saturday that the government has partnered with Creative B.C. to launch Showcase B.C., an online hub that will provide live performances, entertainment and content.
Those who are interested can watch live streaming content from B.C. artists at: https://showcasebc.ca
Hot Docs at Home on CBC
When: From April 16
What: Canada’s national broadcaster partners up with the 2020 Hot Docs Festival to present first-run feature documentaries at home.
When: Episodes added weekly.
What: Local musician Bradley Ferguson (Hunting, Modelos) cooks things. Things like soup. And he is pretty entertaining doing it. Just saying.
Dan Mangan Saturday Night Shows
When: Saturdays, noon
What: Dan Mangan declares he’ll play a show “every Saturday until the fog lifts.” Each week the ticket proceeds will go to a different local shelter in this time of crisis. Participants go to the website, sign in and get access to the live stream link. Each show runs a hour.
Early Music Vancouver: Free Online Concerts
What: Donations graciously accepted. Enjoy this weekly series of online performances from recent EMV concerts. It’s like a front row seat to appreciate these touring and local performers presenting gems by the likes of Chopin and others.
Chan Centre Talks, Performances and More
What: Enjoy everything from Roxane Gay’s lecture as part of the Phil Lind Initiative Thinking While Black or local flamenco legends Rosario Ancer and Victor Kolstee discussing Paco De Lúcia and the Origins of Flamenco.
What: The popular Vancouver Public Library series has moved to YouTube. Each day a video of a new person reading a poem or poems is posted. Watch and/or submit a video three to 10 minutes in length in any language and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the titles of the poems you are reading and a brief bio. You don’t have to be a poet to submit, you just need to be a fan of a dead poet.
When: Online now
What: As people try to figure out the best way to keep cool physically and emotionally, local Vancouver artist Akino Gunstone has put together a cute read called Quaran-Zine. It’s a 12 page peek into “quarantine life” with birdlike characters watching Netflix, Face Timing and trying to figure out where all the dirty clothes are piling up from when you’ve been wearing the same sweats for the past two weeks. Its really nicely done with watercolours.
When: Continuing varied programs
What: Explore the MOA collection from home, take a virtual tour of the Great Hall and watch interesting videos of Musqueam teachings. This is a great opportunity to do something fun with the whole family and spur on educational discussions.
At Home with Mijune
When: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
What: Top Chef Canada resident judge Mijune Pak has launched an Instagram Live series. In each 15- to 20-minute segment, she chats with local chefs like Nicole Gomes, a Top Chef Canada All Stars winner, who demonstrate an easy recipe or share their favourite foods. She then posts the recipe on her social channels.
VSO: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6
When: Streaming now
What: Recorded when an orchestra was still permitted to gather together and play, this show was the first live-stream for the VSO. It also was the 2020 BeethovenFest Final. More than 70,000 tuned in and donated more than $16,000 to keep the orchestra going during this quarantine. You can watch No. 6 now and more are scheduled. Donations graciously accepted at Vancouversymphony.ca.
What: The Vancouver International Film Festival teams up with various indie distributors to offer up a wide-range of unique viewing. This week kicks off with the offbeat Brazilian film Bacurau — with the great Udo Kier and phenomenal Sônia Braga — and the shadowy The Wild Good Lake. Set in a suburb of Wuhan, this gangster flick presents a very different urban landscape to what we are seeing on screens today. Also a variety of B.C. Shorts “six-packs” have been posted. So go to the movies already.
Matthew Presidente’s World Is Watching concert series
When: Mondays, 8 p.m.
What: Singer/songwriter Presidente will showcase his keyboard-driven pop songs in this weekly live-from-home concert series. Mixing originals, covers and guests from as far away as Berlin joining in.
The Inside Chor Leoni Livestream
When: Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Where: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram TV
What: Chor Leoni artistic director Eric Lichte hosts a program of concert videos from 2013 – 2020, as well as new content for various choir albums with accompanying artwork by local visual artists. For April 1, the guest conductor is Ethan Sperry discussing Translations, his new album on the Naxos Label.