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Online video and film

Online video and film


Music videos 


    Access streaming video of over 900 music programs including concerts, operas, documentaries, and ballets. The majority of films are accessible in HD quality.

  • MetOpera on Demand: Student Access

    Streaming access to more than 500 Met performances. Dozens of "Live in HD" productions, classic telecasts, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1936. Works best in Chrome browser. Note: Availability limited to 5 simultaneous users. If you do not get access, please try again later.
    VPN connection required off-campus.

  • Music Online: Classical Performance in Video (Alexander Street)

    Access videos of over 2000 performances, including operas, dance titles, masterclasses, documentaries, and interviews. Includes titles from music publishers and performing houses such as C Major Entertainment, EuroArts, Opus Arte, Arthaus Musik, CLC Productions, and the BBC.

  • Music Online: Opera in Video (Alexander Street)

    Access over 200 videos of commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Performances cover a range of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the 20th century.

  • Naxos Video Library

    Access over 1330 videos. Coverage includes streaming video of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.


  • Academic Video Online (Alexander Street)

    Academic Video Online (AVON) is a multidisciplinary video platform that includes a substantial component of Music & Performing Arts content (e.g. documentaries, performances, interviews, instructional material). Other subject areas include anthropology, health, history, psychology, and more.

  • Can-core

    Can-core is a streaming video library created for use in Canadian schools. It contains content from a wide range of subject areas, produced in Canada and selected for its strong curriculum fit. Includes resources relevant to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies, with an option to limit the search to Indigenous content only.

  • Criterion on Demand

    *Requires McGill VPN for off-campus access. An online digital library of feature film titles licensed for Canadian viewing. Criterion-on-Demand represents a large number of feature film producers, including, but not limited to: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, DreamWorks SKG, Mongrel Media, Sony Pictures Classics, Alliance Films, Miramax Films, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate Films, The Weinstein Company, as well as a smaller number of independent producers. The title selection includes 1920 classics, new releases, foreign films, literary adaptations, documentaries, animated titles, and independent features. NB: Not to be confused with the "Criterion Collection" of remastered films. To view "Criterion Collection" films, please consult the video streaming service Kanopy.

  • Films on Demand

    Streaming video of selected educational programs, from high school to university level. More than 6000 titles covering a wide range of topics, with content related to music appreciation and history, world music, dance, education, psychology, technology, health, and more..

  • Kanopy

    Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases across diverse subjects and disciplines. Collections include titles from the DEFA Film Library, ArtMattan Films, HBO, Frameline, Ruscico, Pragda, BBC, Flicker Alley, National Film Board of Canada, First Run Features, Cinema Libre Studio, New Day Films, and the Criterion Collection/Janus Films.

  • National Film Board

    The collection includes animation, documentaries, experimental films and alternative dramas. It has films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians - stories about the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more.

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Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
3rd floor - 527 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3

Resource key

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  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library use
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