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Luminato Festival Toronto presents Ian Kamau’s Loss, produced by The Theatre Centre
Photo of Ian Kamau by Bryan Brock


Loss is a deeply honest, live retelling of an intergenerational family story, written by Ian Kamau and his father Roger McTair.

This multi-media performance begins as a mirror into a winter of depression, then slowly unravels the mystery surrounding the death of his paternal grandmother Nora Elutha Rogers. 

An orchestration of memories using live music, video, and storytelling — Loss is an exploration of grief in Afro-Caribbean communities, and an immersive experience towards healing shared with the audience.

Loss was developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre.

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Contact the TO Live Box office:
416-366-7723 | 1-800-708-6754
[email protected]

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World Premiere

June 14, 2023 at 8 PM
June 15, 2023 at 8 PM
June 17, 2023 at 2 PM
June 17, 2023 at 8 PM
June 18, 2023 at 2 PM

Black Out Night: June 16, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Luminato is pleased to offer a Black Out Night presentation of Loss on June 16, 2023 at 8 PM. The intention of this Black Out Night is to create a welcoming space for Black audiences to experience this Black story and engage in culturally-specific conversations about this work. This special event will be hosted by Just Us Events, an organization dedicated to creating exclusively Black events, spaces and experiences for Black identifying folk. You can learn more or purchase tickets through Just Us Events, or contact Just Us Events at [email protected].


Harbourfront Centre Theatre

231 Queen's Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 Canada
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For all Access Information, please visit the Access Guide

Relaxed Performance on
Saturday, June 17, at 2 PM

ASL Interpreted Performance on
Thursday, June 15 at 8 PM 

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Learn More About Ian Kamau


Ian Kamau, Creator and Performer
Ian Kamau & Roger McTair, Writers
Tiffany Hsiung, Filmmaker
Ty Harper, Contributing Videographer
Jeremy Mimnagh, Video Designer
David Heeney, Co-Sound Designer
David Mesiha, Co-Sound Designer
Bruce A. Russell, Music Director & Composer
Njo Kong Kie, Composer of “PULSING”
Javid Jah, Environment Designer
Shawn Henry, Lighting Designer
Cat Calica, Costume Designer
Tenor Saxophone, Dennis Passley
Guitar, Dyheim Stewart
Tara Mohan, Stage Manager
Hazel Moore, Assistant Stage Manager
Aislinn Rose, Dramaturg & Rehearsal Director
Rachel Penny, Producer
Beth Wong, Producer for the Theatre Centre
Daniel Bennett, Production Manager and Technical Director
Maya Royer, Associate Production Manager and Technical Director
Bruce Ramsay, Outreach Coordinator

Developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre

Developed with support from the
National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council 
School Without Borders
Why Not Theatre
And TO Live