Sarah's Stay at Home Weekend List: April 10-12
Italian superstar Andrea Bocelli gives an Easter Sunday concert at the legendary Duomo Cathedral in Milan, accompanied by the cathedral's organist, Emanuele Vianelli. (No audience, of course, there - just you at home!) Catch Music for Hope here on 1pm Sunday. Bocelli is also raising money for hospitals in Italy.
Literature festival Blue Metropolis, which cancelled its May programming, is offering up some respite for kids and parents over the next 10 days. Cosy Story Hour is a daily story session with a different local author, like Monique Polak and Lydia Lukidis, reading a wonderful children's story. Tune in on Facebook every day at 10am, starting on Friday.
The Biodôme has dug into the archives to dust off a theatrical puppet show for families that first aired in 2011: Coco Incognito is inspired by the animals in the tropical forest environment of the Biodôme, and the shows will be accompanied by puppet tutorials. (Please note it is geared to kids aged 4 to 8 and is in French.) Watch for Coco Incognito here at 10am Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
PK Subban is getting his own trivia show, filmed in his Los Angeles living room. NHL Hat Trick Trivia will air on the League's social media channels, on Facebook, YouTube and IGTV.
Toronto-based Choir! Choir! Choir! has moved a fundraising concert for the Canadian Cancer Society online with a virutal sing-a-long on YouTube and Facebook. Access the lyrics here (the list includes hit tunes like Here Comes the Sun and Firework). Consider supporting the Society, which is stepping up to provide Canadian cancer patients with support during the pandemic. Saturday, 3pm.
Jewish food club The Wandering Chew serves up Passover trivia and cocktails during We've Got Four Questions. Register solo or with a four-person team and you'll receive the Zoom link. Cocktail lessons will be doled out between categories. Saturday, 8:30pm.
Saturday Night Live is back after nearly a month off due to the pandemic. There will be a fresh Weekend Update and new segments, with performers respecting distancing rules. Saturday at 11:30pm. (The crew lost music producer Hal Willner to complications from covid-19 earlier this week.)
If the outside world is too scary or not scary enough, consider this Sunday evening activity: Montreal's Festival de la bete noire hosts Live Screaming Sundays. Hear live horror stories, and consider submitting your own poem, fiction, story or music to email@example.com.
Monthly storytelling series Confabulation has shelved their live shows, so intead, but they are collecting stories from Montrealers about isolation. The stories are not from what's going on now, but memories about illness, being stranded or just feeling alone. You can submit a story yourself: it must be two to five minutes in length, and filmed at home. Email them to Storiesinisolation@
Netflix reportedly releases a new episode of Tiger King on Sunday. The series is about the interesting people who breed, trade and show off tigers and wild cats... as well as their hijinks, country music covers, feuds, polyamorous relationships and murder-for-hire schemes. Still not on the bandwagon? You have plenty of time to catch up on the first seven episodes before Sunday...
Up for some bricolage? Consider making a rainbow to put in your window... it's the cool kid thing to do to encourage our first responders and health workers, who are working to keep us safe and healthy.
This is something I am trying at home: tackling through the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Greatest American Films Of All Time. Last weekend was Hitchcock time, we tackled Rear Window! The full list, which you can print or save, includes classics like Singin' In The Rain, Jaws, Vertigo, Wizard of Oz, Schnidler’s List, Gone with the Wind, M*A*S*H, and older films like Duck Soup, City Lights and All About Eve. a
But if you want something different from streaming sites, check out the new documentary about Armand Vaillancourt, the legendary Quebec sculptor. Vaillancourt: Isn’t It Beautiful is streaming for free until April 14, as are over 150 other flicks from Les Films du 3 Mars.
Many musicians are livestreaming on Facebook, Instagram and other outlets, with the content remaining up for awhile. Try searching for your faves and see if they are online... Jann Arden, John Legend and Chris Martin are some of many. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra will be streaming free shows on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, at 8pm.
The Segal Centre is using Facebook to keep in touch. They are streaming daily dance classes at noon, Monday to Friday. And band leader Nick Burgess hosts a Broadway Happy Hour on Thursday and Saturday at 5:30pm. Request your fave show tune in the comments!
It’s the year 2220, and lonely space stations at colonies across the galaxy stay in touch with ‘socialization sessions’, orchestrated by an AI program called Zero. Montreal improviser and creator Vinny Francois, is joined by a new guest each week in this sci-fi stream. The next episode of Loneliness: an online improvised show airs Saturday at 8pm on YouTube.
If you want to MAKE something, the organizers of this fall's Tout Tout Court Festival have set a daily creative challenge. Every night at 12:01am, the are releasing a word in French and in English as a theme... and they invite anyone to make a short performance and share it with the hashtags #30DaysofShorts or #30joursdecourtes. The first day's theme was "Rafistoler" or "Patch Up." Your creation could be a poem, song, dance, knitting or visual art - anything you want!
The Montreal Museum of Fine Art is making new content available each day on social media, like videos, podcasts, quizzes: find the morning update on Facebook or Instagram. On Fridays, they are sharing a new art-therapy activity on their Facebook, devised by the museum's art therapist, Stephen Legari.
Also, explore the Museum's most recent show, Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives virtually by tuning into the guided audio tour. And visit EducArt, a free online resource that draws links between 350 works of art in the Museum's collection and subjects like math and social sciences. There are 75 videos featuring local luminaries like author Kim Thuy.
A bevy of other Canadian museums are putting their offers online: Winnipeg's Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau are making their works and exhibits available online. The Calgary Zoo is also sharing their Panda Cam, where you watch their two giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, frolic for a few hours every day.
International museums like the Louvre, the Sistine Chapel, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the British Museum in London and the Hermitage Museum are also online. The Metropolitan Opera has a nightly stream. And visit Yayoi Kusama's mesmerizing Infinity Mirror installation.
And if you're looking for something different visit Open Culture, a fantastic website that lists dozens if not hundreds of free books, audio books, movies and online courses. The selection here is a mix of the classic, indie and the offbeat. Pick up a Jane Austen novel, watch the original A Star is Born or browse through videos of poets like Maya Angelou reading their work.
With libraries closed, consider finding out if your local branch allows for ebook downloads. With my membership at the Bibliothèque nationale, I have thousands of books, audiobooks and sheet music compilations at my fingertips through an spiffy app called Libby.