COVID-19: Vancouver arts and entertainment live streams and online content you can watch at home

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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


Folk that Pipeline

When: July 16,


What: Burnaby residents opposed to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion can contribute by donation to the ongoing oppsition while enjoying music from Dan Mangan, Luke Wallace and Holly Arntzen.

Shambhala At Home: A Virtual Streaming Event

When: July 23 – 25


What: Streaming for free on Mixcloud, the 23rd annual Shambhala Music Festival virtual event includes 40+ DJs, performers, workshops and more.

Indian Summer Festival 2020 (ISF 2020) Closing Party

When: July 18, 7 p.m.


What: Hosted by CBC Reclaimed host Jarrett Martineau, this event begins with Tributaries, an evening of music. Among those artists featured are Madison McFerrin, Pranam “Chin” Injeti, Sangha, Neela, Lil India x Horsepowar and more.

FUSIONpresents Showcase: Ranj Singh and Sami Ghawi

When: July 24, 7 p.m.

Where: or YouTube

What: An evening of original new music from these two independent singer/songwriters.

Celebrated Canada Vancouver New Music Virtual Concerts: Thomas Beckman

When: July 16, 7 p.m.


What: CMC associate composer Beckman mixes classical training with looping technology to craft his unique instrumentals.

The Relay

When: July 23, Aug. 6 and 20, Sept. 3, 7:30 pm.


What: The Cultch presents its digital storytelling series bringing together 13 unique artists to create a multi-month, multi-platform, multi-genre collaborative digital experience. Consult the website to see what inventiveness is afoot at the Cultch. New episodes live on Thursday on various platforms.

#CanadaPerforms #RoadToCanadaDay

When: Starting June 11.


What: #RoadToCanadaDay presents live streams of over 25 festivals across the country including the Vancouver Island MusicFest and Vancouver Folk Music Festival.


2020 Vancouver Queer Film Festival Digital Platform

When: Aug. 13 – 23, various times


What: Out on Screen announces its virtual 2020 Vancouver Queer Film Festival with tickets going on sale on July 13 at the festival website. This is the 32nd annual event and will include at-home variations on workshops, artist QA sessions, panels, and more. The theme of this year’s festival is “still here.”

Powell Street Festival Telethon

When: Aug. 1, 2 – 7 p.m.


What: Celebrate Japanese-Canadian culture in a live online telethon with performances, previous festival highlights, festival vendor appearances and more. Tune in to this family friendly event that brings the spirit of the 44th annual Powell Street Festival into homes at a time when the event can’t happen due to social distancing regulations. All proceeds go to the Powell Street Festival’s year-round DTES Community Care program in partnership with the DTES Community Kitchen Network and other agencies.

Science World: The Dome at Home

Science World’s doors are closed but the experimentation, curiosity and fun can continue right in your living room. Sign up for their newsletter and get new activities delivered to your inbox. You can also watch some of your favourite Omnimax films and Science Theatre shows from the comfort of your home. Current films include Dinosaurs Alive!, Chasing Steve: a mystery in the night sky, and Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs.

National Indigenous History Month documentaries

When: June, check dates

Watch two locally-made acclaimed documentaries — Haida artist Chris Auchter’s Now Is the Time and Marie Clements’ The Road Forward — and many other films on the platform. Both of these films were executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse at the NFB B.C. and Yukon studio in Vancouver.


Backstage at CapU

When: Ongoing


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 Hamm started 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

5X: Race to the Stage

When: Ongoing


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.

Michael Buble (L) and Luisana Lopilato attend Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 15, 2016, in New York City. Matthew Eisman / Getty Images

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

When: Ongoing


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 continuing.

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: Thursdays., 5 p.m.

Where: YouTube

What: Catch a weekly live DJ set from this New York City-based Vancouver band.

Little Chamber Music’s Isolation Commissions

When: Anytime

Where: YouTube

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

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:

Hot Docs at Home on CBC

When: Ongoing

Where: CBC Gem and CBC Docs

What: Canada’s national broadcaster partners up with the 2020 Hot Docs Festival to present first-run feature documentaries at home.

Cook AF

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 an hour.

Early Music Vancouver: Free Online Concerts

When: Ongoing


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

When: Ongoing


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.

Dead Poets Reading Series

When: Daily

Where: YouTube

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 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: 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


VIFF Movies

When: Continuing


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.

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.

Music On Main’s YouTube Channel

When: Continuing


What: Over 100 videos ranging from concert performances to in-depth artist’s talks to keep you discovering the world of contemporary classical music courtesy of this long-running Vancouver presenter. Pianist Rachel Koyo Iwaasa performs Emily Doolittle’s Gliese 581c is recommended.

Vancouver Improvised Arts 

When: Sundays, 3 p.m.

What: “The Vancouver Improvised Arts Society was born out of the desire to foster the creation of new artistic works sparked from joyful spontaneous play and to support artists working across mediums to explore, create, and perform within the limitless realm of improvised art,” says the website. First live show planned for their Facebook page is the duo Crowman, featuring Juno Award-winning violinist Meredith Bates and pianist Chris Gestrin. Watch it at

Unaccompanied: A New Online Concert Series

When: Weekly, hours TBA

Where:Canadian Music Centre B.C.

What: CMC B.C. partners up with Redshift Music Society for an online concert series featuring live performances of Canadian works written for solo instruments. Driven by CMC B.C. librarian Jordan Nobles, the series will include performances from Colin MacDonald (saxophone), Dory Hayley (soprano), Mark Haney (contrabass), Mark Takeshi McGregor (flute), Marina Hasselberg (cello) and others. Announcements will be circulated via the CMC Facebook page and Twitter. account.

Daan Vandewalle: Caress

When: Daily, check YouTube channel

Where:Dean Vandewalle

What: Local classical pianist Vandewalle is posting a daily performance of lovely compositions ranging from Chopin and Brahms to Rzewski and beyond. This super professional broadcast also has one of the best introduction lines we’ve seen since this whole COVID-19 lockdown began: “Hands must no longer shake hands/Hands must no longer touch faces/But hands may still touch the piano.” Brilliant.


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