The High Commission of Canada launched our #CanadaGoesDigital programme in May as a way to adapt quickly to the changing world we live in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal was to create a virtual celebration of Canadian talent that audiences could safely enjoy at home. A series of interactive, educational and fun online events was organised in response to the cancellation of live events and the closure of venues. At the High Commission, like the wider creative industries, we have been looking for new, innovative interactive ways to keep people connected while they can’t be together in person.
Round One of the programme included an online screening of the 2018 documentary Earth: Seen From The Heart (English subtitled version of La Terre vue du coeur) to mark World Environment Day, a pan-European virtual celebration of Canada Day, the first ever digital iteration of a the Canadian Moon Festival; and a virtual version of Meryl McMaster’s exhibition As Immense as the Sky featuring new, exclusive audiovisual elements and commentary by the artist.
For Round Two, you can expect the exciting Cape Dorset Video Initiative highlighting Indigenous art, a series of tribute videos to Indigenous trailblazers in music called, Honour Song, an online exhibition of photography by Black Canadian artists entitled, “Position as Desired” and window display at Canada House in celebration of Black History Month, exclusive new themed music playlists, and much more.