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Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress

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A world premiere from Edward Burtynsky taking over the massive screens of Yonge-Dundas Square.

Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress

The world premiere of renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress takes over the immense digital screens surrounding Yonge-Dundas Square with a fully choreographed blend of Burtynsky’s photographs and film, accompanied by a staggering musical score by Phil Strong.   

This free, outdoor experience tells the epic tale of humanity’s impact on the planet. Co-produced by Canadian music legend Bob Ezrin, In the Wake of Progress presents powerful imagery of global landscapes usurped by human activity in contrast to the dazzling urban centre, at a moment when the health of our planet is an urgent international priority. 

In the Wake of Progress challenges us to have an important conversation about our legacy and the future implications of sustainable life on earth.

Conceived, Directed, Filmed and Photographed by Edward Burtynsky.
Commissioned and Co-produced by Luminato Festival Toronto.
Photo by Cassandra Popescu.

Produced in Association With 

These images are meant as metaphors for the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire, a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption, and our concern for the health of our planet, sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.”

Edward Burtynsky

Date & Time

June 12, 2022 @ 8:00 pm 11:00 pm EDT

All Dates and Times
Saturday, June 11 at 8 PM – 11 PM, every 30 minutes
Sunday, June 12 at 8 PM – 11 PM , every 30 minutes

World Premiere
Public Art, Outdoor


1 Dundas St E
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2R8 Canada


Audio Description
Radio LUMI
Venue Guide
Visual Story

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Event Supporters

Supported by

The Michael Young Family Foundation

With Assistance FromLouise MacCallum and Michael Barnstijn

Bullfrog Power

The S.M. Blair Family Foundation

The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation

Learn more about In the Wake of Progress

Produced by
Edward Burtynsky
Bob Ezrin
Julia Johnston

Immersive Experience Design and Direction
The Mustard Shop
Brian T. Moore
Alexandra Francis

Composer and Sound Design
Phil Strong

Musicians of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music
Byungchan Lee
Isabella Perron
Ji Soo Choi
Jessy Kim 
Katya Poplyansky  
Daniel Dastoor 
Hez Leung  
Ryan Davis  
Leslie Ashworth 
Ian Greenberg  
Matt Christakos 
Michael Cox


Co-orchestrated and Conducted by
Claudio Vena

Recording Engineers
Jill Zimmermann, Jukasa Studios
Julian Decorte, Canterbury Music

Mix Engineer
Jill Zimmermann, Jukasa Studios

Special Thanks To
Barry Shiffman,  Assoc. Dean & Dir. Chamber Music, Glenn Gould School 
Alan MacDonald, Manager, Special Projects, Royal Conservatory of Music
Studio Musicians
Laurel MacDonald
Sarah Shugarman 
Marie Berard 
Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh 
Luri Lee   
Winona Zelenka 
Jeffrey Beecher 
Phil Strong 

Edward Burtynsky Photography
Connie Hitzeroth, Director of Finance
Julia Johnston, Head of Business Affairs
Karen Machtinger, Director of Studio Operations, Gallery Relations
Jim Panou, Project Coordinator
Marcus Schubert, Director of Publications, Exhibitions & Special Projects
Paul Seargent, Archivist & Manager of Production
Alanna Smith, Media and Communications Manager/Production Coordinator, Special Projects
Shelby Wedgbury, Research Assistant 

Special Thanks to

Veronica Barton and Waterford Partners
Gregory Colbert
Randy Lennox
Richard Mahoney
Matt Wilcox

Motion Camera

Edward Burtynsky 
Nicholas de Pencier 
Jim Panou 
Mike Reid (Motion Camera/UAV Operator) 
Kwamena Hazel (UAV Operator) 
Devin Card (UAV Operator) 
Chris Chanda (Cineflex Operator) 
Connor Illsley 
Jeff Powis 
Noah Weinzweig

3D Animation & Compositing 

Victory Social Club
Alex Kurina
Tyler Dillman

With some sequences taken from Watermark, and ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, collaborations with Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Mercury Films Inc.) 

Images courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto.

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