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Online video and film


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Welcome! Use this guide to find sources for streaming videos and films, including concerts, operas, masterclasses, documentaries, and more.

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Note: Not all resources can be found through this search tool (catalogue).

Consult the resources on this and other guides to access additional sources.

Online video and film


Music videos 


    • Over 1,800 music programs including concerts, operas, documentaries, and ballets
    • Majority of films are accessible in HD quality

    • Dedicated to jazz, soul, funk, and world music
    • Catalogue features over 500 concerts, documentaries, and rare archival footage
    • Most videos are subtitled in English or French 
  • Met Opera on Demand: Student Access

    • Video-streaming archive of the New York Metropolitan Opera
    • Provides access to more than 700 full-length opera performances
    • Note: This database has a limited number of simultaneous users. If you have trouble accessing or receive an error message, please try again later
  • 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)

    • Video streaming resource
    • Provides access to more than 200 videos of canonical operas, in addition to interviews and documentaries
  • Naxos Video Library

    • Streaming video library
    • Includes full-length classical music performances, opera, ballets, live concerts, and documentaries
    • Note: This database has a limited number of simultaneous users. If you have trouble accessing or receive an error message, please try again later.


  • 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, including music, that is produced in Canada and selected for its strong curriculum fit. Resources relevant to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies are available, 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.

Location and contacts

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


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Cathy Martin
527 Sherbrooke St. W, A-317, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3

Resource key

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library use
  • Catalogue record

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