As we approach the winter season and the weather gets colder, virtual events and exhibits are even more appealing! Cozy up at home with  virtual events and exhibits created and provided by museums and art galleries, as well as performing arts organizations. 

Since many performing arts organizations cannot offer in-person events, they are offering videos of their performances instead – for instance, the dance department at the National Arts Centre (NAC) has launched a free  livestream series. If you prefer to get involved in the arts community, Hot Docs is looking to commission original short and micro docs for their new documentary initiative. Find more details below. 

For those who prefer to visit in-person, many venues are open with new exhibits in provinces where it’s safe to do so, like the Esker Foundation or TELUS Spark in Calgary. Always be sure to check the website of the venue before you visit to learn about their safety measures, and don’t forget your mask!

As a reminder, all venues in Quebec are currently closed and are expected to remain closed until November 24, 2020. Although we continue to update the Canoo app, please always check the website of a venue for the most accurate information.

Stay safe,
Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer

Science centres offer programming and exhibits for students of all ages! Check out their online content for fun, at-home activities that will “spark” your mind (and provide resources for at-home learning). 

  1. TELUS Spark 
  2. Ontario Science Centre 
  3. Canada Science and Technology Museum 
  4. Saskatchewan Science Centre
  5. Manitoba Children’s Museum
  6. London Children’s Museum


National Arts Centre’s #DanceForth
The dance department at the National Arts Centre (NAC) has launched a free livestream series of online dance performances titled #DanceForth. The series features a variety of Canadian choreographers and dancers, as well as a range of dance styles. Watch the shows on the
NAC’s Facebook page every Thursday, where they will stream under the #CanadaPerforms banner, or find them on the NAC website. The series is expected to run until the end of the year.

Hot Docs: Citizen Minutes
Hot Docs has launched Citizen Minutes, a new documentary initiative to inspire interest and engagement in Canadian democracy and public affairs. They’re looking to commission 10 original short and micro docs. Selected projects will receive financial, production and post-production support, in addition to potential mentorship opportunities, and will premiere at #HotDocs21! Submissions welcome from all Canadian filmmakers — spread the word! Deadline: November 12. Apply now: http://ow.ly/xcyG30rdPYQ

Samuel Roy-Bois: Presences at the Esker Foundation
Samuel Roy-Bois’ practice is concerned with the conceptual and material definition of space and the ways the built environment and manufactured things contribute to our understanding of the world. Through sculpture, site-specific installation, and photography, Roy-Bois examines relational networks of objects and their complex philosophical considerations: How do we define ourselves through the creation of structures? Is it possible to conceive of one’s existence outside any material linkage? We make things, but are things also making us? This exhibit will run until December 19, 2020 at the Esker Foundation in Calgary – learn more here.

Break the ice with this new exhibition at TELUS Spark
Arctic Voices is at TELUS Spark until Jan 24, 2021! Come pounce, hop, push and crawl your way through animal life in one of the planet’s harshest environments. Explore interactive exhibits, wildlife biofacts, and diverse stories from dedicated scientists and the resilient people that inhabit the region. Arctic Voices will take you on a journey to a fascinating and changing region like never before. Learn more and plan your visit here.

Science and Nature at National Parks
Do you know about the animals and plants that are native to the national park near you? Are you aware of the conservation efforts happening at your local park? Visit Parks Canada’s website of the national park or marine conservation area near you before you visit to learn about the science and nature at your local park, such as Banff National Park,  Riding Mountain National Park, Jasper National Park or Gros Morne National Park.

Meet Canoo member Anique Ellis, who first came to Canada in 2007 for a student exchange program and quickly fell in love with the country.  “Thanks to Canoo, I have gained a deeper appreciation for Canada’s rich history and heritage,” says Anique. “Canoo connects history, culture, and entertainment; it has been an amazing experience.” Read her full Spotlight feature here.

A new podcast from 6 Degrees, the global forum for inclusion
Last week, 6 Degrees launched a new five-episode podcast, What Do We Do Tomorrow?. The world is facing urgent problems. It has become clear in this generation-defining moment that to make the changes we need, we will have to use every tool at our disposal. But that can also sound pretty overwhelming. So, partnering with The Walrus Lab and host Hannah Sung, we’re tackling some of today’s most complicated issues with a simple question. Listen to What Do We Tomorrow? here and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast app. 


Give the Gift of Canoo 
Please consider giving back to Canoo with a donation. Every dollar donated helps ensure that the Canoo app continues to give all new Canadians free access to Canoo partner locations across Canada to help people explore/get to know this incredible country. When you donate, you’re giving the gift of Canoo to all future new Canadians, just like you. Donate here.

We want to hear from you!
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is designing a new digital platform dedicated to supporting individuals who are on the journey to becoming active Canadian citizens, and we would like to hear from you! We’ll conduct remote interviews with newcomers, permanent residents, and new citizens from across the country to get a real sense of your experience, needs and expectations, in order to develop the new platform. As a first step, we have launched a survey that will be used to identify potential interviewees. If selected, participants will take part in confidential remote one-on-one interviews which will last around 60 minutes. Those selected for an interview will be sent a $50 Amazon gift card for their time. This initial screening survey should take less than 3 minutes. Thank you for your interest in participating!

There will be no in-person citizenship ceremonies this month
Typically, we at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship invite you to attend community citizenship ceremonies organized by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners all over Canada each month. However, at this time, all in-person citizenship ceremonies are on hold. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for updates as to when we will resume our in-person enhanced citizenship ceremonies.