Costumed ballerina jumps into the air. In the background an intricate stage set with two girls dressed in red Heather Ogden in The Nutcracker. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

9 Holiday Performances To Count Down December

November 27, 2020

For now we aren’t able to catch a seat at a theatre or watch a show in-person, but that doesn’t mean we need to miss all the fun. With performance venues closed across Ontario, and the season for holiday performances quickly approaching, many organizers have booted up their computers and have taken to the internet to showcase their livestream performances and digital recordings. Here are some of the upcoming shows, readings, and digital performances to count down your calendar this season.

Live from the Rose, Livestream
December 3 at 7:00 PM

The Rose Brampton is an iconic destination for all arts and culture lovers in the area. Live from the Rose, is a series of digital performances that have featured over 23 concerts, 42 artists, and 256,000+ views from around the world since April. For the holiday season catch their next couple of performances, A Next Generation Leahy Christmas and December Lights.

Live From Koerner Hall Concert, Livestream and Digital Recordings
December 3 at 8:00 PM

Nothing beats live music! For 2020, Koerner Hall has released a fantastic collection of live-streamed and digitally recorded musical performances. Book your tickets for their upcoming concert, Adrianne Pieczonka and Michael König with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra conducted by Johannes Debus, or explore their past performances here.

National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker On Screen, Digital Recording
December 4 – January 2

Join Clara, the Nutcracker, and the Sugar Plum Fairy this season for a magical performance on-screen with The National Ballet of Canada. Hailed “the best Nutcracker on the planet” by The Globe and Mail, The National Ballet of Canada’s acclaimed production features 233 performers from Canada’s National Ballet School and high schools across Toronto. Grab your tickets and stream the performance on Dec 4. Find your tickets here.

A Christmas Carol Online Reading, Digital Recording
December 4 at 7:00 PM & December 18 at 7:00 PM

When it comes to 2020, “Ba Humbug” has been the understatement of the year, but these two theatres in the Southern and Central regions of Ontario have the perfect fix. This year, experience an online staged reading of the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, with Theatre Orangeville on Dec 4 and Theatre Collingwood on Dec 18.

Windsor Digital Concert Series, Digital Recording
Dec 5 – Dec 31 at 7:30 PM

Celebrate the season with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra! Explore 3 holiday-themed digital concerts featuring musical highlights from Handel’s Messiah and 2 Holiday Pops old-time radio shows. The first episode will be released on December 5. Treat yourself, and register for a subscription here.

A Night at Ireland House (from home), Livestream
December 11 at 7:00 PM

Dinner and a show! The Ireland House Museum was originally home to Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington’s earliest settlers. This season they are turning back the clock by a couple of hundred years and sharing holiday traditions with A Night at Ireland House. Enjoy a freshly made Victorian-inspired meal, musical entertainment, and a hearth cooking demonstration via Zoom. It will be a night to remember! Register here.

Yuletide Spectacular Online, Livestream
December 18 at 8:00 PM

Waterloo Region’s holiday tradition may look a little different than usual this year, but it will still be magical. Join the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, hosts Mike Nadajewski and Glynnis Ranney, and Canadian Broadway star Chilina Kennedy for some fan favourite holiday performances, and perhaps a few surprise special guests. Grab your tickets here.

Walk Off The Earth, Livestream
December 28 7:30 PM

The Sound of Music and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre are proud to present the award-winning and multi-platinum-selling local artists Walk Off The Earth! They will be live-streaming a 90 min special alongside talented Burlington singer/song-writer Abby J. Hall. Join the fun on December 28th and book your tickets here.

Stratford @ Home, Digital Recording

The Stratford Festival is now accessible from home! Explore 12 of Shakespeare’s classics like Macbeth, Hamlet, Cleopatra, King Lear, and more, right from your couch.

That’s not all the Stratford Festival is offering this year! Join Chef Kendrick Prins, food studies professor Jeffrey Pilcher, and actors Qasim Khan, Alexis Gordon, Jessica B. Hill, and Kevin Kruchkywich for a field trip around local Stratford establishments, and watch as they recreate some delicious Shakespearean recipes through the Early Modern Cooking Show. Subscribe to Stratford @ Home here.

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