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Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO!

Did you just see a Fish dance past you on the GO train?

Then you’re in the right place.

Welcome to Art In Transit: Luminato on the GO!, our street-theatre-on-a-train performance that follows the transformation of Fish, urban, cranky, and overly caffeinated, as he discovers his true calling, leading him back to Lake Ontario.

This year, Luminato is all about water. The performances of Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO!, and All In Good Time follow the watersheds as they flow towards Lake Ontario, finally settling by its shore with the installation, Black Ark. Part of the fun of Art In Transit: Luminato on the GO! is how it connects to these other amazing projects in the festival.

Read on to discover playlists, reading lists, and more, from across Luminato 2022, all designed to add a daily dose of art to your commute.

All in Good Time Daily Inspiration

Each weekday morning Fish encounters and responds to the daily ceremony offered by Dreamcatcher Theatre’s All In Good Time. How will you respond?

Check out today’s ceremony prompt HERE

Join the online Beloved Book Club

When’s the last time someone read to you?

Catch Fish and the Readers in Car 4 every morning of Art in Transit: Luminato on the GO! reading excerpts from the books featured in Luminato 2022’s production of BELOVED: A Celebration of Toni Morrison and Black Women Writers.

Each morning in Car 4 we’re giving away a copy of the Readers’ featured book.

The Beloved Reading List on Audible

Aminatta Forna

The Window Seat  

Written by: Aminatta Forna, Narrated by: Aminatta Forna 

Aminatta Forna is one of our most important literary voices, and her novels have won the Windham Campbell Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. In this elegantly rendered and wide-ranging collection of new and previously published essays, Forna writes intimately about displacement, trauma, memory, love, and how we coexist and encroach on the nonhuman world. 

The Son of the House 

Written by: Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, Narrated by: Nene Nwoko 

The lives of two Nigerian women divided by class and social inequality intersect when they’re kidnapped, held captive, and forced to await their fate together. Pulsing with vitality and intense human drama, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s debut is set against four decades of vibrant Nigeria, celebrating the resilience of women as they navigate and transform what remains a man’s world. Contains mature themes. 

Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

Esi Edugyan

Washington Black 

Written by: Esi Edugyan, Narrated by: Dion Graham 

Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. When two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, they bring with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black – an 11-year-old field slave – is horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But the man is not as Washington expects him to be. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde – naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist – whose obsession to perfect a winged flying machine disturbs all who know him. Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea is set alight with fields of jellyfish, where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning – and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. 

Butter Honey Pig Bread 

Written by: Francesca Ekwuyasi, Narrated by: Amaka Umeh 

2021 Canada Reads Finalist, Long-listed for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize

An intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: a novel about food, family, and forgiveness. 

Butter Honey Pig Bread is a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family. 

What Storm, What Thunder 

Written by: Myriam J. A. Chancy, Narrated by: Ella Turenne 

At the end of a long, sweltering day, as markets and businesses begin to close for the evening, an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude shakes the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. Award-winning author Myriam J. A. Chancy masterfully charts the inner lives of the characters affected by the disaster. Brilliantly crafted, fiercely imagined, and deeply haunting, What Storm, What Thunder is a singular, stunning record, a reckoning of the heartbreaking trauma of the disaster, and – at the same time – an unforgettable testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit. 

Frying Plantain 

Written by: Zalika Reid-Benta, Narrated by: Ordena Stephens-Thompson 

A rich and unforgettable portrait of growing up between worlds, Frying Plantain shows how, in one charged moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control and teasing play can turn to something much darker. In her brilliantly incisive debut, Zalika Reid-Benta artfully depicts the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation Canadians and first-generation cultural expectations and black identity and predominately white society.  

*audible book not available. Print copies are available at A Different Booklist

Got a Toronto Public Library card? Check out these eBooks and AudioBooks for FREE

Aminatta Forna The Memory of Love  
Ebook available 

Cheluchi Onyemelukwe Son of the House  
Ebook and audiobook 

Esi Edugyan Out of the Sun
Ebook and audiobook 

Esi Edugyan Washington Black 
Ebook and audiobook 

Print copies of all books are available at A Different Booklist

There is a 30-Day Free Trail for New Audible Users

Francesca Ekwuyasi Butter Honey Pig Bread  
Ebook and audiobook 

Myriam J.A. Chancy What Storm, What Thunder  
Ebook and audiobook 

Rebecca Fisseha Daughters of Silence*  
Ebook , (Not available on Audible)

Zalika Reid Benta Frying Plantain  
Ebook and audiobook 

BELOVED: A Celebration of Toni Morrison and Black Women Writers, with Donna Bailey Nurse

Portrait of Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison

Join leading Canadian literary critic Donna Bailey Nurse for a fabulous talk show style evening celebrating the legacy of Toni Morrison with an incredible lineup of acclaimed Black women writers.

Hosted by musical tour de force and star of Ugly Black Woman Nicky Lawrence, accompanied by a house band led by Canadian music legend Orin Isaacs, Donna leads conversations celebrating the legacy of Toni Morrison, the unrivalled impact she has had on Black women writers and readers around the world, and the joys and challenges of being a Black woman in today’s world.

Bring your girlfriends, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy a vibrant evening of books, music, and conversation.

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