Canadian Culture Goes Even More Digital During Pandemic

21 ways to pass the time.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has blurred the lines of digital publishing. Because of the universal concern in this public health crisis, magazines who have been traditionally outside of the realm of cultural commentary have been covering experiences, reactions, and solutions for those stuck in quarantines or isolation.

It almost seems as if the Internet was built to facilitate culture in an event like this. For many, entertainment online will not seem like a novelty, but for others, it is helpful to know that those valuable cultural institutions once thought separate from the realm where Facebook and Netflix rules, will occupy the same space for the time being. Museums, classes, even tourism, has moved online to keep a sense of continuity and provide respite from the news cycle.

Many have brought up the negative mental health effects of breaking routine and staying inside, separated physically from society. Initiatives like this can provide a sense of permanence and stability in uncertain times; the continuity of shared culture, knowledge, dreams, and most of all, community, assures us all of the enduring project: humanity.

In that spirit, here is a list of existing online resources and resources from institutions that have, in astonishing time, made culture available online. In the spirit of community, if you know of other resources, please reach out to us and we will be happy to include it.


Massimo Bottura

Renowned chef Massimo Bottura is giving cooking lessons on his Instagram while social distancing.


  1. The National Film Board’s collection of short and feature-length films
  2. North Vancouver’s culture compass
  3. Musqueam Place Names Mapping Portal
  4. Playbill’s 15 Broadway plays to watch from home.
  5. 113 Coloring books from Museums from Open Culture
  6. Six Italian Museums
  7. Apple’s 5 hour tour of the Hermitage in Russia.
  8. Classes from Toronto’s gyms
  9. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History virtual tours
  10. Musicians like John Legend are streaming concerts online
  11. The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s “Quarantine Soiree”
  12. The Virtual Museum of Canada
  13. Virtual Tours Of The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
  14. Facebook live performance by all-female Comedy group Notflix
  15. Stream Stratford Festival performances on CBC
  16. The Metropolitan Opera audio streaming
  17. 2,500 museums with virtual tours
  18. Fender is offering tutorials free for two weeks
  19. Online Cooking Classes with Gucci Osteria’s Massimo Bottura
  20. Drawing lessons by famous illustrators
  21. Quarantine ebooks

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Post Date:

March 19, 2020