Festival of rights: video fun for kids!

A free series of on-demand video activities and performances that celebrate the right to play.

July 13 to September 6, 2021

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Event details

This summer, we’re bringing the fun to you! Gather up the family and watch our new kids video series wherever you are and whenever you want.

Cost:

Free

Each episode includes a variety of performers, singing, dancing, teaching, clowning around and more.

Anyone aged 12 and younger will have fun watching, learning and playing along with high‐energy English and French children’s performers. These delightful shows are screen time you can feel good about.

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Episode 1

Dance along to the pronoun song and learn Pow Wow steps. Then have fun with hula hooping and colourful balloons. (Duration: 26:45)

Performers: 

  • Rob Malo/TiBert le Voyageur,
  • Jessee Havey and the Banana Band,
  • Jake Chénier,
  • Sleepy the Clown,
  • Bella Flett,
  • Momentum Aerial & Acrobatic Troupe,
  • Mimi and Coco.

Video: Festival of rights – Episode 1

Episode 2

Learn to sing ”hello” in many languages. Then sign along in American Sign Language to the “Mosquito Song.” Discover the freedom of expression and movement in the Fancy Shawl Dance. (Duration: 25:13)

Performers: 

  • Rob Malo/TiBert le Voyageur,
  • Aaron and Kim Burnett,
  • Sleepy the Clown,
  • Bella Flett,
  • Momentum Aerial & Acrobatic Troupe,
  • Madame Diva and Micah
  • Zesta the Filth Warrior
  • Lulu and the TomCat.

Video: Festival of rights – Episode 2

Episode 3

Magic, puppets, juggling and acrobats – this episode has it all! Learn a new trick, break a sweat, and enjoy a puppet show about friendship. (Duration: 35:09)

Performers: 

  • Rob Malo/TiBert le Voyageur,
  • Al Simmons,
  • Patrick Grégoire,
  • James Culleton,
  • Sleepy the Clown,
  • Zesta the Filth Warrior
  • Mimi and Coco.

Video: Festival of rights – Episode 3

Episode 4

Make some music! Listen, learn and sing along as musicians play the ukulele, drums and guitar. Drum on whatever you have nearby and learn about other languages – including sign language. (Duration: 41:34)

Performers: 

  • Rob Malo/TiBert le Voyageur,
  • Jake Chénier,
  • Aaron and Kim Burnett,
  • Sleepy the Clown,
  • Jay Stoller,
  • Madame Diva and Micah
  • Zesta the Filth Warrior
  • LuLu and the TomCat,
  • Sarah Teakle.

Video: Festival of rights – Episode 4

Episode 5

Featuring Al Simmons – need we say more? You’ll laugh as you learn, sing and play along with singing and drumming and acrobatics. Plus, learn new moves in a Circus-at-home workshop! (Duration: 41:27)

Performers:

  • Rob Malo/TiBert le Voyageur,
  • Mimi and Coco,
  • Fubuki Daiko,
  • Jessee Havey & the Banana Band,
  • Momentum Aerial & Acrobatic Troupe,
  • James Culleton,
  • Sleepy the Clown,
  • Al Simmons.

Video: Festival of rights – Episode 5

Please note that this program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Bonus activities

Want to brighten up the sidewalk in your neighbourhood? Or draw a dragonfly on your auntie’s arm? Grab a few simple supplies and have fun creating temporary art with chalk or face paint in these “how‐to” workshops.

Chalk art workshop

Learn how to make chalk art with visual/street artist Pink Panda and then develop your own signature style.

What you’ll need:

  • Sidewalk chalk.
  • An appropriate surface to draw on, such as a sidewalk, chalkboard, posterboard or piece of wood.
  • (If you don’t have chalk, you can use crayons, pencils or markers to draw on paper instead!)

Video: Festival of rights – Chalk art workshop

Face and body painting workshop

Your face is your canvas for this workshop! Learn techniques from a pro. Ginny Sudlow demonstrates how to create flowers and dragonflies with face paint.

What you’ll need:

  • Water-based face and body paint (note: do not use oil or acrylic-based paints)
  • Paint brushes in various sizes and styles.

Video: Festival of rights – Face and body painting workshop