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Information about the local institutes

Goethe-Institute in Kanada© Jean-Guy Lambert, Goethe-Institut Toronto, Goethe-Institut Ottawa

In view of the current COVID-19 situation, we follow the orders of the authorities and contribute to the containment of corona infections. 

To protect the public and staff, the Goethe-Instituts in Canada are currently closed until further notice. Please find below the details at your local institute and please keep up to date on our respective homepages and our social media.

German Language Courses

Goethe-Institut Montreal
German courses at the Goethe-Institut Montreal

The spring session will take place online. You can now register to one of our online courses

Please contact us if you have any questions: Goethe-Institut Montreal, Julie Holland: julie.holland@goethe.de

Goethe-Institut Toronto
German courses at the Goethe-Institut Toronto

The classroom courses at the Goethe-Institut Toronto will be replaced by a virtual course and the online course offerings will be expanded. Please refer to our Coronavirus Emergency Plan for all relevant information.

For all questions please contact Nicole Smith: germancourses-toronto@goethe.de.

Goethe-Institut Ottawa
German courses at the Goethe-Institut Ottawa

The spring session will take place online. You can now register to one of our online courses.

Please contact us if you have any questions: Goethe-Institut Ottawa, Cristina Finger: cristina.finger@goethe.de 


Webinaire 3 - Musique © Shutterstock, Goethe-Institut Montreal

Webinar | Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11:00 am | Online
Webinaire: quel avenir pour la coopération culturelle internationale?

#2 Music
Oliver Baurhenn, artistic director, CTM - festival of adventurous music and art (Berlin)
Christine Curnillon, Director General, Le Vivier (Montréal)
Jenny Thériault, co-founder of the Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Camel Zekri, compositeur, improvisateur et guitariste (France)

Latitude Festival © EL BOUM

4th – 6th June 2020
Digital Festival: "Latitude"

The digital festival presents a programme of artistic contributions and debates over three days. The focus is on the question of how colonial structures work in the present and how they can be overcome. We invite you to join us via livestream and chat.

Vulnérables Paradoxes (PME-ART, Jacob Wren) © (PME-ART)

Round table | Mai 27-31, 2020 | Online
Vulnerable Paradoxes

Vulnerable Paradoxes is a series of five artist-driven round tables that opens up a space for the discussions we so often don’t get to have. Asking ourselves how and why we make performance today, what makes our artistic desires political, and many more exciting questions.

Ludwig the literary Lion © Goethe-Institut Montreal

Storytelling ⎮ Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm ⎮ Online (Zoom)
Virtual storytelling hour for children

Read by Maria Grote

For the month of June, we are inviting you to a special edition of our storytelling hour. Through the Zoom platform, you are invited to join us from 3:30 pm for a virtual storytelling moment. 
The link will be sent by email everyone who has registered.


Our Digital Future

Thinkathon | Monday, June 8 to Saturday, June 13, 2020 | Online
Our Digital Future, c'est ici - Smart & Fast Expanding Cities

We are very happy to officially start the ‚Vancouver-Madrid Thinkathon‘ – due to the given circumstances this time as online format! This event offers young people from Vancouver and Madrid a new opportunity to engage in the integration of our digital future by discussing topics related to "Smart & Fast Expanding Cities".

Lecture © Pexels / Pixabay

Book Club | Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm | Online
Book club: Bring your own book

Presented by Lisez l'Europe

Bring a favorite book of yours to present during our final session of the 2019-2020 book club year, giving other participants reading ideas. This event will be held in French, and will take place virtually with the Zoom platform.

Most of our physical events are postponed to later dates or unfortunately have to be cancelled. Please inform yourself about our communication channels. 
Events of the Goethe-Instituts in Canada


The libraries are also no longer open. An extension of all loans is automatically granted until two weeks after reopening. Please contact us if you have any questions about borrowing or returning items:


General Information

Please inform yourself about the further development on our websites and via our social media channels. For general inquiries, you can reach us at info-montreal@goethe.de or info-toronto@goethe.de.

Learn, read, stay informed online

Onleihe green © Goethe-Institut

Try our E-Library Today!

Online since October 2011, the Onleihe makes it possible for you to borrow digital documents. You can borrow German newspapers such as Die Zeit, F.A.Z., Süddeutsche Zeitung, magazines like Der Spiegel, ebooks (novels and documentaries on various subjects), audio books and videos.
Once registered, you can simultaneously download up to 10 documents and borrow ebooks for 14 days, audio and video documents for seven days, magazines for one day and newspapers for an hour. The registration is valid for one year.
To be always up to date on new materials at Onleihe and the E-Library you can subscribe to their newsletter.

If you have questions or comments about the Onleihe, please contact us.

For more information regarding registration and a short video on how to use the Goethe-Institut’s E-Library, click below.

Deutsch für dich Photo: Goethe-Institut/Sonja Tobias

Deutsch für dich

In the “Deutsch für Dich” community you will find plenty of exercises to help you learn German free of charge, and you can share experiences with other members.


Click here to browse & borrow the offerings in the Onleihe.

Serienfieber Illustration einer Hand mit Fernbedienung © Colourbox / Image editing Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

German TV-Series in Canada
Binge Fever!

All about binge-worthy German serials and how to watch them in Canada.

Things to do Online - Latest News

Einhorn © Obelisk

Onleihe - book of the week
Das Einhorn auf Spurensuche

In a desert, far ahead of our time, only the unicorn and a tree defy the sand. There seems to be no way out, except... "Over there," whispers the wind. The unicorn sets out in search and is joined by a lizard, a gazelle, a lemur and finally a lion. The wind shows them the way, as more and more signs indicate that mankind has caused all this destruction. What will they find over there? 
This is a hopeful journey, in which friendship prevails over everything, and in the end even the humans can consider what they can do better. From age 11.

The Explosive Sonics of Divinity © Thomas Aurin Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik

Musical Theater Production
The Explosive Sonics Of Divinity

To coincide with the exhibition on Ragnar Kjartansson, on view at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2016, the Musée presented the North American premiere of the musical-theater production The Explosive Sonics of Divinity at Théâtre Maisonneuve. 
The only full recording of this magical evening is available exclusively on MAC’s website until June 5 free of charge. Enjoy a romantic drama with Wagnerian overtones!

We Are One © YouTube

Film Festival | Friday, May 29 - Sunday, June 7, 2020 | Online on YouTube
WE ARE ONE - Global Online Film Festival

In response to the crisis, but also to celebrate international cinema and at the same time raise funds to fight COVID-19, major international film festivals have joined forces to present the crème de la crème of international cinema online and free of charge from 29 May to 7 June 2020. Over a period of 10 days, more than 100 feature and short films, documentaries, animations, immersive works and film lectures will be shown online. The project was initiated by the Tribeca Film Festival and YouTube, and the films will also be shown on the channel.  

Sasha Waltz: Dido & Aeneas © Sebastian Bolesch

​On ARTE Concert als video-on-demand until June 5, 2020
Dido & Aeneas

The production was a premiere for Sasha Waltz, marking the beginning of her work on choreographic opera. Together with 12 dancers from her ensemble and 51 musicians choristers and soloists, Sasha Waltz has created her own interpretation of Dido & Aeneas, putting the choreographic transposition of the opera and the expansion of musical theatre through the medium of dance at the heart of this project.

Beethoven © Goethe Popup Kansas City

Digital Cinema | May 22 to June 9, 2020 | Online
Ludwig Van - A cinematic celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday

A digital film series by Goethe Pop Up Kansas City
Our Digital Film Haus is celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a series featuring various documentaries and discussions about LUDWIG VAN. Each film focuses on a different aspect of the composer’s work and life to explore influences and interpretations of his unforgettable music.
All films can be streamed free-of-cost for a limited time.

Goethe on Demand © Filmgalerie 451

German film
Goethe on Demand

Stream German films on demand for free! The Goethe-Institut has carefully selected a collection of German titles for you to enjoy from home until June 30th – free of charge! Send an E-mail with the subject "Goethe on Demand" to film-montreal@goethe.de for the password to this exclusive limited-time offer! Please note that the password is for your personal use only.

Time to listen - 2 people sit next to each other, listening to a radio Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Stories against corona
Zeit zuzuhören / Time to listen

The current situation has forced many people around the world to stay at home and follow the news. In this isolation they hear the news of a global crisis and threat. As in Boccaccio's Il Decamerone and many other myths and books of other cultures, the description of the disaster is followed by stories.

The project “Zeit zuzuhören / Time to listen” presents a collection of stories - told by storytellers from all genres of art, from all over the world, including Herta Müller, T.C. Boyle, Ken Follett, Maja Lunde and Sofi Oksanen.