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Embodying social distancing?
Look after your heart and mind (and body!) by getting creative! You're Great!

Introducing the College of Arts activity list for joy in a time of social distancing. We are posting links that allow you to enjoy/do/share art without leaving your home. Be sure to keep checking back as this is a growing list! Happy art-ing!


(Video) BBC sports commentator hold Zoom meeting with his dogs:

The best kind of Zoom meeting. 

An “Immersive van Gogh” exhibit will be coming to Toronto:

Like a drive-in, but to view art instead! The exhibit is set to open in June. 

Toronto’s first drive-in concert is happening this summer:

July Talk Music Festival will be taking place in August and will be social distance friendly! 


I was addicted to the hokey pokey, but I turned myself around.


Punk label Dischord Records makes entire catalog free online:

You can stream for free using Bandcamp. 

Create your own Penguin Classic cover with this generator: 

Now anything can be a Penguin Classic! Well... at least it can look that way. 

Learn to draw your favourite Disney characters with Disney animators:

Each week the Walt Disney Animation Instagram account posts new tutorials! 


If life gives you melons, you may be dyslexic.


The Wonderful World of Disney returns to ABC on May 20th:

Good news for Disney fans!  

Watch 7 Canadian films all made during quarantine:

All the films were made in two weeks! 

Download over 200 art books from the Guggenheim for free:

Stock up on new reading material without the cost. 


One bird is unable to make a pun, but toucan.


Josh Gad hosts celebrity reunions on “Reunited Apart” on YouTube:

This week features the cast reunion of “Back to the Future!” 

The original Broadway production of “Hamilton” will be streaming on Disney Plus:

You’ll be able to watch the production starting July 3, 2020. 

The Office cast reunites on John Krasinski’s “Some Good News”:

They even recreated Jim and Pam’s wedding dance!  


I have an inferiority complex, but it's not a very good one.


Watch your favourite Shakespeare plays now on YouTube:

Head over to the Stratford Festival’s YouTube account to see which ones are now streaming. 

Guelph artist creates “Kid COVID Fights Back” comic book for kids:

The artist is also a former UofG Italian student from the School of Languages and Literatures!  

New theatre to stream for free the week of May 11th: 

Catch it before it’s gone! 


Why do cows have hooves instead of feet? Because they lactose.


Taylor Swift announces City of Lover Concert release on May 17th:

The concert filmed in Paris will be premier on ABC Network on May 17th and will be available on Hulu and DIsney Plus May 18th!  

CBC’s film recommendations about art you should check out:

Add these to your must-watch list! 

The Art Gallery of Guelph now has downloadable colouring pages of their collections:

Download these colouring pages for free from their “Museum at Home” website. 


RIP hot water. You will be mist.


Catch all the upcoming virtual concerts:

CBC keeps the list current so you won’t have to miss a beat! 

12 Canadian books coming out in May to get excited about:

Keep your reading list growing thanks to these upcoming titles. 

Enjoy Yo-Yo Ma’s curated “Songs of Comfort” playlist:

Available now on Spotify! 


I, for one, like Roman numerals.


U of G students create a virtual museum:

Take part in this museum by fellow Gryphons! 

Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:

Muggles unite! You can also listen to the chapter on Spotify.  

Billboard’s own growing list of upcoming virtual concerts:

There’s no such thing as too many virtual concerts.


A broken pencil is pointless.


Guelph health care workers share their version of “Lean on Me”:

Enjoy this rendition that is, quite literally, close to home.

Canadian Classical Pianist is offering free virtual recitals to hospital patients:

Matthew Li is bringing some positive notes to patients around Canada.

Hot Docs Festival is brought to your home:

With the postponement of the 2020 Hot Docs Festival, Hot Docs is releasing films that would have been debuted at the festival every Thursday on CBC.


Dogs can't operate MRI machines, but Catscan.


Wellness@Work has compiled a few virtual arts and culture

Keep yourself entertained and socially connected with others from around the globe.

Guelph’s The Bookshelf now delivers wine and books:

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Or for any day, really.  

Watch films from Cannes and Sundance Festivals:

These festivals are no longer only for the elite. Find out how to watch them on YouTube! 


I was going to join the ARTS debate team, but someone talked me out of it.


Find free books to read from Project Gutenberg:

Enjoy the old classics without paying a dime. 

John Krasinski dedicates Episode 6 of “Some Good News” to graduates in 2020:

For all of our #ArtsGryphons in the class of 2020. 

Live stream the Aurora Borealis Northern Lights from Manitoba:

Check this one off your bucket list and stay warm while you do it!  


I only know 25 letters of the alphabet, I don't know why.


Take virtual art classes with Canadian illustrator Sandra Dumais:

Join her on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2PM ET. 


The best museum virtual tours from around the world:

Don’t let wanderlust get the best of you – satisfy your cultural craving with these tours! 

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein for free: 

Thanks to the National Theatre of London, it is now part of the “National Theatre at Home” series.


A good pun is its own reword.

Tour our own UofG library for new content they are making available online:

The McLaughlin Library is making more content available online, all for free. 

Explore the new online collection at the British Museum:

Get your history fix with this virtual trip to London, England. 

Evanescence announces release of first original album in 9 years:

Wake me up – because this is too good to be true.  


Whiteboards are remarkable, I chalk it up to them replacing blackboards.


Revel in the beauty of Easter Island:

Enjoy these gorgeous snapshots of Easter Island to get you excited for the next time you travel. 

Book lovers rejoice! Canada now has a map of all the bookstores selling online:

The map we never knew we needed until now!  

Join the virtual Massey Book Club Gala in conversation with Margaret Atwood and Susan Swan Friday, May 1st:

Ever wanted to attend a book club gala with Margaret Atwood? Now’s your chance!


The plateau is the highest form of flattery.


Buddies in Bad Times is curating a digital performance and blog series:

Canada’s largest LGBTQ theatre is bringing content directly to a phone near you. 

The Canadian Play Thing hosts Canadian actors reading plays by Canadian playwrights, both professional and emerging:

The Play Thing is a virtual 100-seat live theatre and admission is free! 

Join art classes with Toronto-born artist Donald Robertson:

Have fun with his poppy-style art, based in his California studio. 


Why was the broom late for school? It swept in.


Participate in live beading classes with Nalakwis:

Nalakwis is the Indigenous artist behind the #beadthisinyourstyle challenge.

The National Ballet of Canada is presenting live dance classes from home:

Participate in ballet classes with some of the very best in Canada.

Join an online Facebook Group where Canadian artists host 30-minute live art tutorials:

The group was created by Edmonton-based artist Amy Dixon and calligrapher Brittany Dakins.


Why did Mozart and Bach get  sent to detention after school? They were caught passing notes.


Learn how to mend and hand-sew in weekly virtual workshops:

Toronto-based designer Emily Nicole Neill delivers new content each Wednesday at 7:30PM ET.

Join a social disDANCE party:

This live-streamed dance party allows you to boogie with your friends or pop along with your headphones solo!

The Aga Khan Museum has launched a 3D virtual tour of their Bellerive Room:

Visit their website for their full collection

Which food is the chattiest? Tacos


Calling all poets! The CBC Poetry Prize is now open:

Enter in the link above! You could win the grand prize of $6,000. 

Watch Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare’s Globe:

Enjoy the tragic tale of these star-crossed lovers in this 2009 production from Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre. 

Take a virtual tour of New York City’s iconic museum, The Met:

Get your museum fix with one of the best!


Why did no one trust the Illustrator? He was Shady


J.K. Rowling launches new Harry Potter online platform for families:

Now’s your chance to get your letter from Hogwarts! 

First Book Canada launches campaign to deliver 1 million books to low-income Canadian families:

The campaign would give families without access to libraries or the Internet new books. 

Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund launches to support professional authors:

The fund will provide support up to $1,500 per individual writer. 


To kill a French vampire you need to drive a baguette through its heart. It sounds easy but the process is painstaking.


Stratford Festival releases virtual film festival of 12 Shakespeare productions:

Stratford Festival and Shakespeare fans rejoice! Streaming starts on YouTube April 23rd, with one film released per week on Thursdays. 

English National Ballet will start streaming one production a week for free:

The first production is the Frida Kahlo ballet “Broken Wings,” streaming this Wednesday, April 22nd.  


What's the best way to organize your kittens? You put them into cat-egories.


Banksy reveals new artwork from his bathroom:

Even anonymous artists must work from home these days. 

CBC’s PlayMe Podcast are broadcasting Canadian plays that have been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Tune in with the link above. 

What do you a call a pessimistic Pelican? A Pelican't

Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund launches to support professional authors:

The fund will provide support up to $1,500 per individual writer.

Calling all poets! The CBC Poetry Prize is now open:

Enter in the link above! You could win the grand prize of $6,000.

Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” for free on YouTube this weekend:

Stream the production from 7PM Friday, April 17th to 7PM Sunday, April 19th.


What's a Hipsters favorite drink? Beerd

One World: Together at Home – a broadcast curated by Lady Gaga in support of healthcare workers on the frontlines:

Featuring appearances by your favourite celebrities, this global broadcast takes place on April 18th. Click the link to sign up.  

Sir Patrick Stewart reads sonnets from Twitter every day:

Have poetry read to you by Professor X? Sign us up. 

Shania Twain & 19 country music stars are joining forces for a “Canada Together” Concert in support of Canada’s COVID-19 efforts:

Artists like Lady Antebellum, Morgan Wallen, and Luke Combs will be performing during this 5-night country concert event. You can tune in via Global TV or local country radio stations starting April 20th.  

What do you call a pony with a sore throat?  A little horse.

John Cleese responds to Ottawa’s “silly walk” COVID-19 sign:

Call the Ministry of Silly Walks...

“Roll up your sleeves, girls” - a podcast with Margaret Atwood:

Cheryl Strayed calls author Margaret Atwood to discuss a variety of topics.

Toilet roll cake keeps Finnish baker in business:

They do say art imitates life, right?


I slept like a log last night , and woke up in the fire place.

Benedictine nuns from southern France record and release Gregorian chants to ease COVID stress:

Believed to be the largest recording ever done, this project goes on for over 7,000 hours!

Take art classes – for FREE – from MoMA:

Explore topics such as Contemporary Art, Photography, and Fashion.

TIFF introduces new Stay-at-Home Cinema:

Enjoy films on Crave like you’re on the red carpet, including introductions by TIFF and hosting Q&A’s on their Instagram.


I burnt my Hawaiian pizza last night, I should've put it on a aloha setting.


Arcade Fire we used to wait

An interactive film by Chris Milk using Google maps and HTML5 featuring Arcade Fire.

Water Canvas

This is a simulation of rainwater physics done on an HTML5 canvas element. You can tweak water physics variables such as light reflection and rate of rain drops.

Two folks walk into a bar, the third one ducks.


Where arts thou? Chit-Chats promo and episode 1 available now!

The WAT crew are assigned to check in on Arts faculty while they work form home, it's time for a little chit-chat about the art of being human while keeping your distance. first episode the WAT crew have a little chit-chat with Lawrence Hill, we touch on the current state of the world, learn a little bit about his new book and Larry opens up about a broom.

Guelph’s The Bookshelf delivers - for free!

Their doors may be closed, but The Bookshelf is still accepting orders over the phone and delivering to your door for free! Check off your reading bucket list and support local at the same time.

Free art history and art classes

The kids have all signed up for their virtual art classes, now it’s time to sign up for yours.


Where are average things made? In the satisfactory.


A couple in quarantine builds an art gallery for their gerbil:

“What is this, a gallery for gerbils?” - Zoolander, probably.

Hamilton at Home – live sing-a-long of the entire album with the cast:

This Friday, April 10th, warm up your vocal cords and get ready to sing with the stars of Hamilton!

Janus Books has created an online catalogue and will start delivering books for free in Guelph:

Suppor local at this Guelph staple! They have granted early access to those who check out their Instagram post for the sneak-peek password...

What is the difference between a well-dressed person on a bicycle and a poorly dressed person on a tricycle? Attire.

Tour the Tate Modern Andy Warhol exhibit:

The museum posted a video of the exhibition so you don’t have to miss it.

5 stress-relieving activities recommended by art therapists:

No art experience necessary!

The Fredericton Region Museum is looking for help to “rewrite” history:

Bored at home? Try your hand at transcribing.


Did you hear about the university on the moon? Great Campus, no atmosphere.


U of G Creative Writing MFA students reflect on pandemic in new booklet:

Our very own MFA students have created exactly what is bringing us together right now – art.

Andrew Lloyd Webber will stream his musicals for free, starting with Joseph:

Broadway fans rejoice!

A list of artists who are doing live performances:

Get your “quarantuning” fix here!


How do you weigh a millennial? In instagrams.


The Art Gallery of Guelph is posting their artwork on Instagram:

Get a touch of Guelph art from Instagram. It’s like a virtual hug.

Jennifer Ehle, BBC’s 1995 Elizabeth Bennet, reads Pride and Prejudice on her Instagram:

Have Jane Austen’s classic read to you by the original Elizabeth Bennet.

Shania Twain performs from her home:

Man, I feel like listening to some Shania tunes.

I don't trust atoms. They make up everything.


Cineplex is streaming new movies online:

Watch the newest releases without the crowds! And without the hefty ticket price.

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is challenging followers to recreate their favourite works of art at home:

Think you can do better? Try to beat the competition!

Free colouring pages available online:

Go back to this childhood favourite activity and colour your own masterpieces – but this time, try to stay between the lines.

How do you tell the difference between a croccodile and an alligator? You'll see one later and one in a while.

Toronto opera singer brings joy to Torontonians from her balcony:

Bringing a piece of Italy to Canada!

Bedtime stories with the icon Dolly Parton herself:

Get cozy with the Queen of Country for these bedtime stories.
Can’t get enough of Dolly? She also has her own podcast. Check it out, here: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons-america

The Globe Theatre announces more digital content, including free films:

More Shakespeare! More I say!

Hey, did you just get a Haircut? No, I got them all cut.

Guelph’s The Bookshelf delivers - for free!

Their doors may be closed, but The Bookshelf is still accepting orders over the phone and delivering to your door for free! Check off your reading bucket list and support local at the same time.

How Indigenous artists are getting more creative at home:

Find out what Indigenous artists are doing to spread art during isolation.

Go on a Guelph window art tour:

See if there’s any happy art windows in your neighbourhood. If not, be the first!


Singing in the shower is pretty great even if you get soap in your mouth, it becomes a Soap Opera!


Canadian Classics cover “Lost Together”:

Jeremy Taggart brought together CanCon BAHDS like The Trews, Terra Lightfoot, Robin Hatch & Alexander Saint. Together they cover this Canadian Classic by Blue Rodeo that feels like the anthem we need right now.

Free Cirque du Soleil shows online:

Get swept away by the magic of a Cirque du Soleil show.

James Taylor’s new Audible Original for free on Audible Canada:

Listen to the audio memoir of musical legend James Taylor.


Last night my partner and I watched 2 movies back to back, Luckily I was the one facing the TV.

The New York Times presents Art in Isolation:

This is an ongoing collection of art being produced during these uncertain times. Create an account with the New York Times for free! No subscription required.

Music students from Berkley perform “Love Sweet Love” virtually:

Maybe we can get a University of Guelph edition going?

Theatre, dance, and classical music to tune into, according to the Times:

Now is the time to develop a new – or rekindle an old – love for the performing arts.


I'm reading a book about the philosophy of glue, I can't put it down.


Diesel Bird Digital Music Festival – featuring your favourite Canadian country artists:

Tune in to Diesel Bird’s Instagram Live on March 28th for the digital country concert of your dreams! Watch your favourite Canadian country artists perform from a safe digital distance, including Dallas Smith, Jess Moskaluke, James Barker Band, Tebey, Tenille Townes, Jojo Mason, and more!  

Online exhibitions at the Canadian War Museum:

View some of the exhibitions available online, such as Canada and the First World War and Canada’s Naval History.

Have story time with former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton:

Take a look, it’s in a book, Reading Raiiiinbow.

In response to LeVar Burton, Neil Gaiman offers his entire catalogue for free:

Friends helping friends to have stories read to you.


I was recently diagnosed as colour blind. I was shocked, the news came right out of the purple.


Virtual Tour of the Canadian Museum of History:

Take a virtual tour and learn some Canadian history along the way!

David Foster and Katherine McPhee host the “Kat and Dave” show daily from Instagram at 5:30PM PT.

Canadian music icon David Foster (composer, producer, musician, arranger) and his wife Katherine McPhee perform daily from Instagram - tune in at 5:30PM PT to watch this musically talented couple!

Join Facebook Group “Ottawa Live Music Streams!”:

Showcasing Ottawa’s local talent in a Facebook Group that gets updated daily.

Art-related movies to add to your playlist:

Running out of movies to watch? Try these art-related films! 


What's ET short for? It's 'cause he's only got little legs!


Yo-Yo Ma performs from Twitter:

Watch one of the world’s most famous cellists perform on a livestream! 

Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard performs live daily:

Join lead singer and guitarist of indie band Death Cab for Cutie at 4PM every day.

Canada’s Wonderland is offering virtual rollercoaster rides:

Get your rollercoaster fix from Canada’s Wonderland’s YouTube channel.

Stream Shakespeare performances from London’s The Globe Theatre:

See world-class Shakespeare performances from London’s iconic Globe Theatre, all streamed online.


What's the worst thing about taking the ancient history course? The prof has a tendancy to Babylon!


Catch up on classic NHL, NBA, and NFL games:

Missing sports? Get your fix with these past games 

Tour the world with Google Arts & Culture:

Be your own tour guide around the world. 

Virtual tours of Canadian museums and attractions:

Go coast to coast in our great nation in a single afternoon.

An antenna and a satellite dish got married the other day. The ceremony sucked - but the reception was really really good!

Livestream baking from London: 

Time to get creative in the kitchen with these livestream tutorials straight from a bakery in London, England. 

Tour your favourite Toronto attractions virtually:

Haven’t gotten your Toronto fix lately? Tour your favourite spots virtually. 

Tour beautiful gardens virtually: 

Spring is here! Celebrate by (virtually) stopping to smell the flowers. 

Download free colouring books from 113 museums: 

Didn’t get the chance to stock up on more colouring books? Not to worry – download plenty of pages here. 

Burton Cummings performs live: 

Join the former lead singer and keyboardist of The Guess Who as he performs live on Facebook!


I went to the zoo the other day. There was just a dog in whole place - it was a shihtzu.

Art classes for kids

Join an elementary school art teacher every weekday from 11AM-11:30AM CST as she teaches kids live art classes from her Instagram and Facebook account.

Totoro painting class

Sign up your kids for this 60-minute art class where they will learn to paint the lovable character Totoro.

Tour Russia’s Hermitage Museum

Russia’s far, but their museum doesn’t have to be. Get a 5-hour virtual tour of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. 

Stream Paris Opera performances

Paris is always a good idea...so is the Paris Opera! Now streaming from an internet connection near you.

Stream Ann Arbour Film Fest

Always wanted to attend a film fest but hate the crowds? Ann Arbour will stream all their films for free.

Why did they ban Poker in Africa? Too many Cheetahs!


Free art history and art classes

The kids have all signed up for their virtual art classes, now it’s time to sign up for yours.

12 famous international museums that offer virtual tours

Tour any of these 12 world-renown museums without the hefty international price tag.

Tour Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium

Swim with these sharks without getting wet – or scared!

Watch free Broadway Musicals

Stream your favourite Broadway musicals with this free 7-day trial. 

Rufus Wainwright performs daily on Instagram

Have a private concert with Rufus as he performs one song a day from his catalogue on Instagram. 

Binge watch Julia Child’s The French Chef

Learn to cook from one of the best chefs of all time – Julia Child herself! 

Booksellers find ways to bring books to you

If you’re in the Toronto area, have your favourite booksellers bring you your favourite books! 



  • AGO sharing art daily on Twitter (@agotoronto 

  • Search the hashtag #MuseumFromHome for free museum virtual tours. 

  • The Arkells are doing free music lessons on Instagram (@arkellsmusic

  • Join a new Netflix Party with your friends!