Sarah's Stay-at-Home Weekend List: April 24-26

Art project! The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will release an art therapy project on Facebook every Friday. PHOTO: Solene de Bony

Sarah Deshaies produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show. Every Friday at 8:20am, she tells you about the big, quirky and off-the-beaten-path events happening in Montreal. Here is this week's list, with links for more information so you can get out and enjoy the city! Submit your event to sarah.deshaies@bellmedia.ca.


Honour and learn about the 22 lives lost in Nova Scotia last weekend: a virtual vigil will be broadcast across Canada. Catch it on CTV at 6pm Eastern. 

Saturday Night Live returns with an all-new quarantine episode, Saturday at 11:30pm. 

Stronger Together, Ensemble Together will raise money for Food Banks Canada with a star-studded show, Sunday at 6:30pm. 

Coachella is cancelled, let's Homechella instead! Warner Music is hosting a three-day music festival this weekend, airing archival live performances on YouTube from over 65 artists, like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Coldplay. Flaming Lips, Cardi B, Green Day, Janelle Monae, Alt-J, The War on Drugs and more. Starts Friday at noon, running until Sunday, online at PlayonFest.com 

My favourite Montreal artist, indie darling Patrick Watson, streams a show Sunday at 4pm. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra continues to also stream free shows on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, at 8pm. 

Or you can make your own music: how about learning a new instrument, or polishing your skills? Fender Guitars has made guitar, ukulele and bass lessons free for the first million users over the next three months. Check it out here. And thank you to listener Mark, who sent in this resource for the erstwhile uke players out there like myself: the Ukulele Orchestra in Lockdown

Jewish food collective The Wandering Chew pivots to falafel in a Zoom workshop, Sunday at 3pm.

If you are still hungry, try baking DoubleTree by Hilton's iconic chocolate chip cookie. The hotel chain has shared its recipe online, in the latest corporate trend: releasing your culinary secrets to hungry cooks and bakers stuck at home. 

I have been mentioning American Film Institute’s list of 100 Greatest American Films Of All Time. (Loved Duck Soup two weekends ago!) But Canadian National Film Day was this past April 22, and I was delighted to come across the organizers' pick of 20 Canadian classics here, from teen comedy Trotsky to bilingual Bon Cop, Bad Cop to The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz to the salty rom com The F Word. The list also tells you where to stream or rent the flicks. 

Shakespeare Day was Thursday: revel in the Bard's words by visiting Patrick 'Captain Picard' Stewart's Twitter page, where he is posting a sonnet a day to keep Bardolators entertained. 

Cinema festival Vues d'Afrique has kicked off its 36th edition on Friday by putting much of its content online, and airing its movies - documentaries like Canadian flick Pour ne plus mourir, about voodoo traditions in Benin - on TV5. Until April 26. 

New improv outfit Commotion Theatre premieres Night Slime, a spoof on quirky late night public access television. Second episode is on Facebook, Friday, 10:30pm.

If the outside world is too scary or not scary enough, consider this Sunday evening activity: Festival de la bete noire presents Live Screaming Sundays this weekend. Tune into live horror stories, and consider submitting your own poem, fiction, story or music to tech.labetenoire@gmail.com. Sunday, 8pm. 

Monthly storytelling series Confabulation has shelved their live shows, so intead, theya re 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@confabulation.ca. The team posts one a day on social media. 

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. 

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. 

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. 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. 

And remember: take care of yourself, and others! Get plenty of sleep, eat well and focus on what you can control in this crisis. Donate to your favourite charity and food bank, call your mom, give meditation a go. Stay home, stay safe!

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