Day 2: Friday, June 12

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Luminato Festival Toronto: Virtual 2020 continues with conversations about climate change, a journey along the streets of Toronto and R. Murray Schafer’s theatrical oratorio Apocalypsis. Don’t miss your chance to party all night with some of Toronto’s greatest DJs in support of the Regis Korchinski-Paquet gofundme campaign.

Luminato Festival Toronto : Virtual 2020 continue avec des conversations sur le changement climatique, un parcours des rues de Toronto, et l’oratorio théâtral Apocalypsis de R. Murray Schafer. Ne manquez pas votre chance à faire la fête toute la nuit avec quelques-uns des meilleurs DJs de Toronto afin de soutenir la campagne gofundme pour Regis Korchinski-Paquet.

Day 2: 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: Bo Wong

6:55pm (EDT) 
Museum of Water: A Conversation 

2020 marks the beginning of the creation of Museum of Water, a three-year project with UK artist Amy Sharrocks, which will culminate in 2022. During Luminato’s virtual festival, Amy will be joined online by Mark Calzavara from the Council of Canadians to delve into some of the major water issues facing communities across Toronto and Ontario.

The Council of Canadians is a grassroots social action organization that advocates for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care and a vibrant democracy.

Produced by Artsadmin and Luminato Festival Toronto.

Artists: Amy Sharrocks, Mark Calzavara


Photo Credit: Zoe Gemelli, Red Dress Productions

7:30pm (EDT)
FOLDA presents May I Take Your Arm? 
Theatre | Listening Party 

May I Take Your Arm? – created by Alex Bulmer, Anna Camilleri, Tristan Whiston and Katie Yealland – emerged from audio-recorded walks between blind performer Bulmer and strangers who provided sighted guide in downtown Toronto, and evolved into an immersive, interactive theatre piece. Now May I Take Your Arm? is reimagined as an online performance during a global pandemic when we are not, pointedly, taking each other’s arms.

Produced by Red Dress Productions, May I Take Your Arm? is presented through a partnership with FOLDA (Festival of Live Digital Arts).

May I Take Your Arm? is one of two Luminato listening parties for the blind and low vision community, hosted by Christine Malec. Learn how to participate on our Accessibility page.

Artists: Alex Bulmer, Anna Camilleri, Tristan Whiston, Katie Yealland, Becky Gold


Photo Credit: Bruce Zinger

8:30pm (EDT) 
R. Murray Schafer, Past and Future: Schafer's Labyrinth and Apocalypsis Part 2: Credo 
Film, Music & Theatre

A preview of Barbara Willis Sweete’s Schafer’s Labyrinth, a work-in-development which will eventually feature 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.


Photo Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware

9:30pm (EDT) 
Black Summers Night with Unit 2, Black Lives Matter Toronto & Tea Base

We are raging. We are heartbroken. We offer a space to come and be together in these terrible times.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) Toronto and community arts spaces Unit 2 and Tea Base come together to present Black Summers Night, a dance party with DJ sets by Bliptor, Casey MQ, Raven’s Vision, Sofia Fly and Syrus Marcus Ware, and performances by Dainty Smith, Ravyn Wngz, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff and more. Black Summers Night is raising funds in support of the Regis Korchinski-Paquet gofundme campaign.

Artists: Unit 2, Black Lives Matter Toronto, Tea Base; performers Dainty Smith, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Ravyn Wngz; and DJs Syrus Marcus Ware, Raven's Vision, Bliptor, Casey MQ, Sofia Fly, Pothound, Rodney Diverlus, DJ Zehra

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