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Luminato Live at Yonge-Dundas Square!

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FREE CONCERTS | ART | ECO-FAIR

Luminato Live at Yonge-Dundas Square!

Long days. Warm nights. It’s summer in Toronto and Luminato is back. 

Luminato 2022 opens with a FREE LIVE in-person takeover in the heart of the city, filling Yonge-Dundas Square with concerts, onstage talks, delightful activities, and an Eco-Fair stacked with sustainable inspiration and ideas.

Explore art and climate activism through the perspective of artists and makers with music and talks, including a rare public opportunity for Dr. Pam Palmater, Dr. David Suzuki and Edward Burtynsky to share the stage in
conversation.

Enjoy main stage concerts at 7pm with iskwē on Thursday June 9th. On Friday June 10th at 7pm, the Molinari Quartet take the stage, followed by Queer Songbook Youth Orchestra featuring Beverly Glenn-Copeland and special guests at 8pm. Scroll down to see full programming details and daily schedule.

Photo of Iskwe wearing an all white blazer and pantsuit. She is looking away from the camera to the right. Her dark wavy hair is off to one side. She is kneeling in front of a beige backdrop.

iskwē

Group image of the Molinari Quartet holding their string instruments.

Molinari Quartet

Beverly Glenn-Copeland singing joyfully with his arms outstretched.

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

Don’t miss the world premiere of Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress at 8pm on Saturday and Sunday, free for all. Burtynsky’s breathtaking exploration of humanity’s impact on the earth fills the screens surrounding Yonge-Dundas Square until 11pm each night, immersing audiences in a 30-minute visual journey accompanied by Phil Strong’s epic original score.


Cover photos of The Heavyweights Brass Band, Beverly Glenn-Copeland by Nick Bostick, iskwē, and Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress by Cassandra Popescu.

Presented by Cadillac Fairview.
Music at Yonge-Dundas Square Presented by OLG.
 

Thursday, June 9

Photo of Iskwe wearing an all white blazer and pantsuit. She is looking away from the camera to the right. Her dark wavy hair is off to one side. She is kneeling in front of a beige backdrop.
7PM, FREE CONCERT

iskwē: acākōsik
7pm

Originally commissioned for Stanford Live, iskwē brings her multi-disciplined, performance art piece acākosīk back to the stage. Reimagined for Luminato, acākosīk will take you on an emotional journey that centres on internal transformation, the resilience and survival of Indigenous people and the healing power of catharsis. 

June 9 -12, All Day
Before I die…

Join this global participatory art project and share your dreams with the world on a beautiful mural. First created by artist Candy Chang in New Orleans, and since recreated in 78 countries and 35 languages, leave your mark on the world at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Located on Level 2, north end of the shopping centre.

Friday, June 10

Group image of the Molinari Quartet holding their string instruments.
7PM, FREE CONCERT

MOLINARI QUARTET
7pm

Making their debut Join the internationally acclaimed Molinari Quartet, whose massive shows The Children’s Crusade (2009) and Apocalypsis (2015) were major projects for Luminato, in celebrating the work of the late great R Murray Schafer (1933-2021).  

Beverly Glenn-Copeland singing joyfully with his arms outstretched.
8PM, FREE CONCERT

Queer Songbook Youth Orchestra featuring Beverly Glenn-Copeland
8pm

Making their debut Performance on the Luminato stage, the Queer Songbook Youth Orchestra will be appearing with the QSO in support of Beverly Glenn-Copeland and his deep catalogue of transcendent songs, an evening of intergenerational exchange centered around honouring each other and reclaiming the earth. 

Saturday, June 11

2:00-8:00PM
Eco-Fair

Bringing together local makers, artisans, and climate-conscious entrepreneurs. Grab a snack in a cute reusable jar from Unboxed, and fill your own mug with coffee from Coffee and Clothing. Collaborate with artist Melanie Billark on a live art installation made of reused materials, to a soundtrack of smart talks with inspiring people, and an eclectic array of live music.

Vendors include allBambu, A Different Booklist, Coffee and Clothing, Roots + Raven, Unboxed Market, Upmade, and ANDPVA Art Market.

2:30PM
Migration Celebration

Flock to Yonge-Dundas Square for Migration Celebration, a stilt-walking, puppet-waving, bird-themed spectacle celebrating Toronto’s position along the migration path of our feathered friends, while honouring the many migrants, refugees, and newcomers who now call Toronto home. Featuring performers from Shadowland Theatre and the communities of North Etobicoke and Flemingdon Park. Part of Illuminating Ideas.  

3:00PM
Pearls of Wisdom, featuring Dr. Pam Palmater, Dr. David Suzuki, Edward Burtynsky and the Youth Climate Collective from Lakeshore Arts  

Looking back on the environmental movement in the 30 years (nearly to the day) since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, join Dr. Pamela Palmater, Mi’kmaq lawyer, professor, and activist, Dr. David Suzuki, and Edward Burtynsky in conversation about how the environmental movement has changed, celebrating the victories of the last thirty years, and examining the failures. Following a discussion, the panellists will be joined by youth activist-artists from Lakeshore Arts’ Youth Climate Collective, to answer the question “What do we do now?” Part of Illuminating Ideas.  

4:00PM
The Heavyweights Brass Band

Bringing the thrill of New Orleans street brass to Yonge-Dundas Square. These horns and drums will ring out through the square and get you movin’, groovin’, and shakin’ to the beat. 

4:30PM
Catchfiyah

Electronic duo Catchfiyah welcomes Turkish clarinetist Selcluk Suna and Peruvian percussionist Matias Recharte for this special Luminato show. Pairing world beats with disco and EDM, Catchfiyah weaves social commentary through creative storytelling and the hypnotic rhythms of Jamaican-Canadian Lauren Barnett and Greek-Canadian Demetrios Petsalakis. 

5:30PM
Sofia Fly will make you move to her Latin-inspired fusion of hip-hop and house music. 

6:30PM
New Tradition Music

Ancestral musical styles + urban cultural expression = New Tradition Music. Join Beny Esguerra and his crew of 8 musicians and 6 dancers in an explosive interactive performance that explores concepts of tradition and modernity through spoken word, music, song, dance and design. 

Sunday, June 12

2:00-8:00PM
Eco-Fair

Bringing together local makers, artisans, and climate-conscious entrepreneurs. Grab a snack in a cute reusable jar from Unboxed, and fill your own mug with coffee from Coffee and Clothing. Collaborate with artist Melanie Billark on a live art installation made of reused materials, to a soundtrack of smart talks with inspiring people, and an eclectic array of live music.

Vendors include allBambu, A Different Booklist, Coffee and Clothing, Roots + Raven, Unboxed Market, Upmade, and ANDPVA Art Market.

3:00PM
Drag Queen Story Time with Fay and Fluffy: Nature Edition

Fay Slift and Fluffy Souffle are here to make Storytimes a little more FABULOUS (with MUCH more glitter!). Their Storytimes are for anyone willing to have some laughs – from babies to grandparents.
Join the queens at Yonge-Dundas Square for a special Storytime all about nature, the environment, and sustainability.

4:30PM
Aysanabee 

Don’t miss the smooth, heartfelt sounds of rising folk star Aysanabee, now backed by a full band. An Oji-Cree singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Aysanabee’s unmistakable songs range from intricate finger-picking guitar to anthemic alternative soul. See
him now, and you’ll be able to say you saw him first.

5:30PM
Fly Lady Di

Fly Lady Di spins 90s R&B, hip-hop, and deep soulful house tracks to get you on your feet.

6:30PM
Wolf Saga

Ojibwe electro-pop artist, DJ, and songwriter Wolf Saga lives for synths, electroclash, and 80s pop. Along with his band, his matured take on those affable club bangers from the 2010s reach deep
and will definitely make you move.

Date & Time

June 10 @ 7:00 pm 11:00 pm EDT

All Dates and Times
Thursday, June 9 at 7 PM
Friday, June 10 at 7 PM
Saturday, June 11 at 2 PM
Sunday, June 12 at 2 PM

Multidisciplinary
FREE

Location

1 Dundas St E
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2R8 Canada
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Accessibility

ASL and captioning  
Viewing platform  
Audio description 
Radio LUMI
Visual Story
Venue Guide
Whisper Guide Registration
Click on the Visual Story for detailed information on Accessibility and Advisories.

Event Supporters

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Music at Yonge-Dundas Square is Presented byLearn more about OLG
Supported byJoan and Jerry Lozinski
With Assistance FromThe Kingfisher Foundation

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COVID SAFETY

With the health and safety of our audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers as our top priority, Luminato will continue to require proof of vaccination for all indoor performances in 2022. 

While the government of Ontario has lifted the mandatory check for vaccine passports as of March 1, we are choosing to keep our policy in place. We thank you for your patience and understanding as government policies are continually changing. 

Face masks are required for all indoor performances. Face masks are strongly encouraged for all outdoor performances. 

Luminato’s Vaccine Policy 

Audiences will be required to show proof of full vaccination and photo ID for all indoor performances. Proof of vaccination must include the attendee’s name, date of vaccination and product name (brand of vaccine). The receipt can be in paper or in an electronic format (shown on the patron’s phone).   

Remember, you are considered ‘fully vaccinated’ only 14 days after your second dose. 

Proof of ID must include the patron’s name and date of birth. 

For outdoor performances and events, proof of vaccination is not required. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected]  

Alex Bordokas, Music Curator
Adam Barrett, Illuminating Ideas Curator
Duncan Macmillan, Production Manager
Matthew Cohen, Assistant Production Manager
Lani Milstein, Producer

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