The Luminato festival is a great way to welcome the upcoming summer season to the city — and make the most of what Toronto has to offer. The festival spans from June 6 to June 15 and showcases everything connected to art — music, theatre, dance, literature, films, and more. The best thing about the festival is that the city becomes a huge movable arts feast, as it fills with art pieces and performances by local and international artists over the ten days of celebrations.
The heart of the festival will once again be located at David Pecaut Square (at the corner of John Street and King Street West) and feature nightly free concerts and events. Some of the highlights include a show by guitarist and composer of the nouveau flamenco movement Jesse Cook, plus Ziggy Marley, the Hidden Cameras, and a grand Salute to the Americas performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Some of the other must-see events from this year’s program are special live recordings of Q with Jian Ghomeshi. The Bulletcatch theatrical performance by Rob Drummond will tell a story of a magician who died on stage while attempting to catch a bullet. When it comes to dancing, Pina Bausch’s phenomenal Tanztheater Wuppertal agreed to perform a Toronto premiere of Kontakthof, a legendary piece on the eternal battle of the sexes. If you’re more into literature, don’t miss a special Literary Walk: Kensington’s Market of Characters with author Cary Fagan, which will depart from a Literary Picnic at the Trinity Bellwoods Park gates.
All food lovers should rejoice, as there is also a special food section that features two events — Taste of the Beach (ten chefs will pair with ten musicians and prepare delicious “things on sticks”) and the Lost Train (an imaginary journey by Kid Koala and Fred Morin with food and music).
Another notable part of the festival is devoted to talks. You can look forward to hearing Isabella Rossellini, David Byrne, Matthew Barney, and many more talking about their artistic beliefs and learn where they get their inspiration.
The festival takes place at several venues all over the city, including the Bluma Appel Theatre, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Art Galllery Ontario, TTC stations, and many more. Prices vary by event, and there are many free ones, so check the festival website for more information. There are plenty of amazing events to explore, so get immersed in the festival and let the arts world sweep you off your feet.
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Bea is a Toronto based musician, photographer, teacher and a multidisciplinary visual artist. Growing up surrounded by her father’s antique camera collection, Bea was naturally inclined towards photography since an early age. She loves taking portraits of unique faces and always tries to capture the colours of the world around us. Her main areas of interest are documentary, performance and travel photography.