Day 1: Thursday, June 11


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Luminato Festival Toronto: Virtual 2020 kicks off at 6:45pm (EDT) with a welcome from Naomi Campbell, Artistic Director of Luminato and Here We Are, a reimagined land acknowledgement, followed by the world premiere of Alanna Mitchell’s Field Notes from the Future. Special guest appearances will be made by Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman and singer-songwriter Quique Escamilla.

Luminato Festival Toronto : Virtual 2020 (Le Festival Luminato de Toronto : 2020 virtuel) démarre à 18 h 45 (HAE), quand Naomi Campbell, directrice artistique de Luminato et de Here We Are, une reconnaissance des territoires traditionnels réimaginé, donne la bienvenue, suivi par la première mondiale de Field Notes from the Future par Alanna MitchellLa soprano canadienne Measha Brueggergosman et l’auteur-compositeur-interprète Quique Escamilla feront les apparitions surprises.

Day One: Artist Bios

Photo Credit: Amy Siegel

6:45pm (EDT)
Welcome & Here We Are

Welcome from Naomi Campbell, Artistic Director of Luminato; followed by Here We Are, a reimagined, re-embodied land acknowledgement which will begin each day of Luminato's programming. Adapted from The Election, a play by Natasha Greenblatt and Yolanda Bonnell with the company, commissioned and produced by Common Boots Theatre, Here We Are is written and conceived by Yolanda and Natasha, in collaboration with filmmaker Amy Siegel.

Artists: Yolanda Bonnell, Natasha Greenblatt, Amy Siegel, Augusto Bitter, Rachel Cairns, Joelle Peters, Anand Rajaram, Rose Stella, Courtenay Stevens 


Photo credit: Lisa MacIntosh

7:10pm (EDT)
The Singing Salmon: An Edible Performance with Measha Brueggergosman

A special guest appearance from award-winning soprano and musician Measha Brueggergosman.

Artist: Measha Brueggergosman
Visuals: Jay Vernon, Video Editing: Quinton Berger


Photo Credit: Chloe Ellingson

7:30pm (EDT)
 FOLDA presents Field Notes from the Future with Sea Sick's Alanna Mitchell 
Performance & Talk

Award-winning science journalist Alanna Mitchell’s play Sea Sick ends with a declaration: “Adapt and survive. It’s the essence of Darwin’s teachings and our species is really good at it. Write a new ending. Live to tell another tale.” With Field Notes from the Future, Mitchell brings her insatiable curiosity, the art of the interview, and some special guests to the table, to consider the pathways made possible by the pandemic.

Notes from Sea Sick: A Companion Piece.

Field Notes from the Future is produced by The Theatre Centre, with Luminato Festival Toronto & PuSh Festival, and presented by FOLDA (Festival of Live Digital Art).

Artist: Alanna Mitchell​  


Photo Credit: Lisa Macintosh

8:45pm (EDT)
Ceviche with Quique Escamilla

JUNO award-winning singer-songwriter Quique Escamilla in a special at-home episode from his Capsular Quiquantine, featuring an intimate solo performance, his favourite Mexican shrimp ceviche recipe and more.

Artist: Quique Escamilla  


Photo Credit: Bruce Zinger

9:00pm (EDT)
R. Murray Schafer, Past and Future: Schafer's Labyrinth and Apocalypsis Part 1: John's Vision
Film, Music & Theatre

A preview of Barbara Willis Sweete’s Schafer’s Labyrinth, a work-in-development which will eventually feature all of Schafer’s 13 String Quartets. Performed by Montreal’s Molinari Quartet, the film includes footage shot over 4 seasons at Schafer’s farm, choreography and animation developed from Schafer’s inimitable scores and drawings.

The short film will be followed by R. Murray Schafer’s theatrical oratorio Apocalypsis. Originally presented as the cornerstone of Luminato 2015, featuring almost 1000 performers, Schafer’s epic musical voyage will be presented in two parts: John’s Vision (Thursday, June 11, 9pm (EDT)) and Credo (Friday, June 12, 8:30pm (EDT)). The broadcast, which was recorded live by the CBC at the Sony Centre, will include photographs from the production, the libretto and notes on the work.

Full credits and liner notes.

Artists: R. Murray Schafer, Barbara Willis Sweete, the Molinari Quartet

Presented by 
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Supported by Gretchen & Donald Ross, O.C. and The Hal Jackman Foundation.


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