Jessica Wong

Senior online arts writer

Jessica Wong is the longtime online arts and entertainment writer for CBC News.

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J.K. Rowling unveils new kids tale The Ickabog as free online serial

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is releasing her latest book as a free online serial for kids "needing distraction during the strange and difficult time we're passing through" — and she's also calling on young fans to help create illustrations for an eventual print version.

On with the show: Drive-in theatres see boost in popularity during pandemic

Established drive-in cinemas and new pop-up versions are seeing a wave of customers hungry to gather safely with others and take in some shared entertainment amid the pandemic.

'The puzzle that we all need to solve': Canada's theatre community ponders comeback amid COVID-19

While staying engaged with fans during the pandemic via digital experiments, streams of pre-recorded shows and social media outreach, Canada's theatre community is gamely planning its revival and imagining exactly how to retake the stage.  

Post-secondary schools face rough autumn if pandemic keeps foreign students away

International students have become a vital part of Canada's post-secondary system. But with closed campuses and borders threatening new enrolment and schools anticipating significant budget cuts, Canadian universities and colleges are bracing for rough semesters ahead.

Frustrated parents in Ontario pivot from official distance-learning program amid COVID-19

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, as many parents juggle working from home with helping their kids continue school assignments, some in Ontario are choosing to opt out, saying the remote-learning framework just doesn't work for them.

'To do it all remotely is pretty impossible:' Campus closings hamper hands-on school programs

With Canadian universities and colleges closed because of COVID-19, life has been particularly challenging for students in "hands-on" programs who have lost access to the labs, professional equipment and co-op job placements needed for their studies.

'It's about making it all happen': How star-studded benefit shows come together during the pandemic

Beyond the technical and logistical mountains charity benefit organizers face under normal circumstances, how do you produce an engaging, Live Aid-style spectacle when everyone's stuck at home?

Celebrity chefs aim to connect and inspire with new quarantine cooking content

From masters like Italy's Massimo Bottura to Queer Eye's food and wine expert Antoni Porowski to Food Network celebrities such as Ina Garten, prominent chefs and cooks are sharing recipes, streaming demonstrations and connecting with hungry fans stuck at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A 'real balancing act:' Ont., P.E.I. public schools kick off home learning amid COVID-19

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian public school students went back to school without leaving home on Monday, as a new learning-from-home framework amid the coronavirus pandemic officially got underway in Ontario and Prince Edward Island.

'Giving us the full understanding of what's happening': Applause for ASL interpreters amid pandemic

Amid the daily coronavirus briefings by multiple levels of government across Canada, a new public service figure is stepping into the spotlight — the sign language interpreter.

A 'really weird new normal': Parents, students grapple with learning at home amid pandemic

As Canadian parents and guardians face the stark reality of ongoing school closures this spring because of COVID-19, an uneven patchwork of provincial plans has developed to try to implement remote learning for a vast range of students.

'Everybody wants to help': Designers, apparel companies pivot to help health-care industry fight COVID-19

Companies worldwide are pivoting to aid in the fight against COVID-19 — including the apparel industry. Designers are shifting from their usual sartorial creations to rapidly producing masks, gowns and more.

How to talk to family and friends who ignore physical distancing appeals

Youngsters partying it up on beaches. Families gathering en masse in public parks. Seniors balking at curtailing their social lives amid the coronavirus pandemic. How can you persuade those around you to reconsider their behaviour?

Louvre Museum in Paris is closing due to coronavirus

The Louvre, often cited as the world's most popular museum, is closing its doors in Paris indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

'To say we weren't disappointed would be a lie': Artists react to cancellation of Juno Awards

Many Canadian musicians were bound for Saskatoon on Thursday when they learned this year's Juno Awards were cancelled due to concerns over the spreading coronavirus.