CanCon AV Index

An aggregator of Canadian arts content assembled from YouTube

The CanCon AV Index (CAVI) is a collection of over 33,000 YouTube videos from 500+ cultural organizations receiving government funding and operating across the Indigenous territories we now call Canada.


Click on the link to go to directly to the searchable index or check out our collection of resource pages about the project.


Using a collection of open data tools and available plugins for Chrome and WordPress, we hacked together a resource for cultural professionals, researchers and students. The CAVI fences off sections of YouTube and presents it to you without their visual clutter and algorithmic interference.


Start: 01/07/2023

End: 01/01/2024

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the CanCon AV Index (CAVI) is prototype project exploring ways of aggregating and sharing content from publicly funded arts organizations in Canada.


The project has several elements you can interact with.


The searchable set of 33,000+ YouTube videos can be found at


You can also get in touch with us if you are interested in working with the dataset for research or to build onto top of the project. Email us at


We have also put together a set of resource pages with three sections

  1. on our own professional recommendations, as well as links to other important projects in the area of aggregation;
  2. a How-To section describing the different techniques we used for assembling the data and
  3. an overview of the discussions we hosted with a select peer group to discuss the project as well as broader issues of discoverablity, collaboration and privacy.


More Info

This project was generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Digital Strategy Fund.


CanCon AV Index Team

Project Lead – Ryan Stec

Designer and Technologist – Najeeba Ahmed

Outreach Consultant and Facilitator – Julie Gendron (Desiring Productions)

Platform Consultation – Ashlee Conery (Cube Commons)



The term CanCon (Canadian Content) is a reference to Canadian cultural policy developed in the 20th century context of broadcast television and radio. We nod to that history with the knowledge that we will need policy and infrastructure of a completely different kind to make our way through the 21st century.