Luminato launches Luminescence - a multi-sensory, fully immersive fundraising event to showcase performances from our 2019 and 2020 programs. 

May 27, 2019

Nicole Brooks, Tu Nokwe and the cast of Obeah Opera 

Last week, for the first time, we hosted Luminescence: a multi-sensory, fully immersive performance of music, dance, film and visual art from Luminato’s 2019 and 2020 programs alongside an exclusive fine dining experience by chef Chris Brown of Victor Dries.   

Taking place in Toronto’s historic Great Hall, Luminescence was an art lover’s paradise – from the psychedelic Conversation Room, bathed in a vivid multicoloured glow, to the serene Great Hall, filled with projections and setting the tone with incredible live performances from Luminato 2019 and 2020 artists. There was also a mind-bending homage to House of Mirrors and the building’s Longboat Hall was transformed into an ice room bathed in a crystalline Luminato-blue light.  

Neema Bickersteth 

Luminescence guests got to experience a range of incredible performances, from the melodic harmonies of Evalyn Parry and Cris Derksen, who performed a piece from Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, to the uplifting gospel-inflected a capella from the all-female cast of Obeah Opera – Luminescence was a truly unique and truly Luminato experience! 

Guests in the Conversation Room at Luminescence 

A special thank you to our guests, artists, supporters and partners who helped celebrate an early kick off to Luminato 2019 in style! 

2019 Luminescence Sponsors and Supporters 

Lead Event Sponsor 

Event Supporters 


Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak 

Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D 

David Binet 

Brendan Mullen and Susanne Boyce 

Helen Burstyn, C.M. and Family 

John Donald and Linda Chu 

Roberto Dante Martella and Family 

Holly Coll-Black and Rupert Duchesne 

Ernst & Young LLP 

Linda Brennan and Michael Foulkes 

Julia and Robert Foster 

Peter Gilgan 

Eva Czigler and Peter Herrndorf, C.C., O.Ont. 

Lucille and Urban Joseph, O.C. 

Wil and Judy Matthews 

Don and Helen McGillivray 

Tim and Frances Price 

Gretchen Ross 

Eleanor and Francis Shen 

Greg and Kate Sorbara 

Eli Taylor 

Event Partner