Virtual Shows and Concerts for the Week of April 5, 2020

Virtual Shows that Caught Our Eye This Week

As another week of social distancing starts up, I am definitely starting to feel the cabin fever set in.  And I’m an Introvert, so I’m sure that took longer than for a lot of you! I’m also finding that the amount of screen time that I – and my kids – are getting between work (me), school (them), dance classes and extracurricular activities (all of us) is starting to seem a bit overwhelming.  So this week I am setting a goal of 90 minutes (responsibly!) outside in the fresh air each day.  But that doesn’t mean that I still won’t use my screen time to get my arts fix!

Here at Mooney we are going to continue to do what we can to keep this list updated daily as new events cross our desk to give you all sorts of performance options that you can watch from the comfort of your own home while we all continue to be responsible social distancers. Please keep checking back here on the regular to see if there’s anything new coming up.  See you online!

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Virtual Shows and Concerts for the Week of March 30, 2020

Virtual Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of March 30, 2020

We’re trucking right along digitally this week.  If you’re like me most of my time is learning (or relearning!) technology.  The kid’s dance classes are on YouTube and Zoom, their school is (a bit) virtual (and a lot of having experiences and hands-on things at home), and work has moved to MSTeams and eLearning platforms.  But I have learned that my favourite way of getting in touch is by making a phone call and hearing someone’s voice.

We’re doing what we can here to keep this list updated daily as new events cross our desk, and we’ll keep at it to give you all sorts of performance options that you can watch from the comfort of your own home while we all continue to socially distance. Please keep checking back here on the regular to see if there’s anything new coming up.  See you online!

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Preview: Converge Against Corona & The Corona Variations (Convergence Theatre)

Photo of red phone handset with cord by Negative Space

How will you participate in this “Phone Play”?

Every industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and the performing arts are no exception, with a projected $500 million loss in ticket sales for arts organizations in Toronto alone. Seasons are cancelled, artists are out of work, and people are scared. Conversely, however, there has been an explosion of innovative creation since the lockdown, with livestreamed sing-alongs, balcony concerts, writing challenges, and virtual rehearsals.

Convergence Theatre, generator of such theatre events as Worry Warts (Summerworks 2019), The Unending (Fringe 2016), and The Gladstone Variations (Fringe 2007), is responding to the pandemic with Converge Against Corona, and has issued a call for participants and patrons alike.

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Why Theatre Needs Your Support

What is happening in theatre right now, and how you can help

It is really hard to know how to begin this article. I want to strike the right tone, you see. As an arts worker* I want to talk about how the performing arts sector is taking a huge hit, but I’m concerned. I know that everyone else is going through a rough time right now, and some may argue that the arts are not an essential service.

However, would it even be possible to get through this lockdown without the arts? Without books, films, shows, music, and live streams — which some creators are making available for free? Of course, if you are reading Mooney on Theatre, then I imagine you are among the converted, so I will cut my preaching short.

So let’s talk about what’s actually happening in the theatre world right now.

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Virtual Shows and Concerts for the Week of March 23, 2020

Virtual Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of March 23, 2020

So we’re going digital this week!  We are all being responsible and doing lots of social distancing, but I have found the digital world to be just crammed full of amazing content in the past week.  Concerts, authors doing book talks and readings of their own material, play readings… the content is endless! And with new digital options cropping up each day we’re having a hard time keeping up!  But we’re doing our best. It just means that you’ll need to keep checking back here on the regular to see if there’s anything new coming up.  See you online!

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