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Luminato Live at Yonge-Dundas Square!

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Presented by Cadillac Fairview. Music at Yonge-Dundas Square Presented by OLG. 
Photo of Beverly Glenn-Copeland by Nick Bostick.

Luminato Live at Yonge-Dundas Square!

Date & Time

June 9 @ 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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Supported by Joan and Jerry Lozinski
With Assistance FromThe Kingfisher Foundation

Yamaha

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

The festival opens with a LIVE in-person takeover in the heart of the city at Yonge-Dundas Square. Free concerts, onstage talks, and an eco-art fair explore themes of sustainability and inclusion through the perspective of artists and art-makers.  

Don’t miss a weekend packed with music, conversation, and art from iskwē and Queer Songbook Orchestra featuring Beverly Glenn-Copeland, to David Suzuki, Edward Burtynsky, and many more. Enjoy free mainstage concerts at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, followed by the world premiere of Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress at 8pm on Saturday and Sunday. Burtynsky’s breathtaking exploration of humanity’s impact on the earth fills the screens surrounding Yonge-Dundas Square until 11 pm, immersing audiences in a 30-minute visual journey accompanied by Phil Strong’s epic original score.  

The weekend daytime program will explore art and climate activism through music, talks, information sharing, and participatory activities, including a rare opportunity for Edward Burtynsky and David Suzuki to share the stage in conversation. 

iskwē: acākōsik

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. 

FREE
June 9, 7pm

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.

Queer Songbook Orchestra featuring Beverly Glenn-Copeland

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 centred around honouring each other and reclaiming the earth. 

FREE
June 10, 8pm


Molinari Quartet

Join 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). 

FREE
June 10, 7pm

See the full lineup below.

Programming Saturday, June 11

2:00-8:00pm The Eco-Fair brings 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 Pam Palmater, 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 brings 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 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 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. 

Programming Sunday, June 12

2:00-8:00pm The Eco-Fair brings 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 + 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. 

3:00pm Drag Queen Story Time: Nature Edition Featuring Fay Slift & Fluffy Souffle   

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.  

4:00pm The Heavyweights Brass Band brings 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 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 spins 90s R&B, hip-hop, and deep soulful house tracks to get you on your feet.   

6:30pm 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 reaches deep and will definitely make you move. 

All Day, June 9 –12 Before I Die…, CF Toronto Eaton Centre   

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 the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. 

Performer Lineup

Eco-Fair Vendors

Join local artists, artisans and eco-enthusiasts at our Eco-Fair. Grab a gift for the zero-waster in your life, or pitch in on a live art installation.  

allBambu

Single-use what?? If you need it, allBambu has got a sustainable, vegan version. From toothbrushes to cutlery sets, you’ll be throwing even less in the landfill after visiting this booth. 

A Different Booklist

Beloved indie bookstore A Different Booklist will have a selection of eco-themed books for sale, for all ages!  

Coffee and Clothing

Vintage clothes + coffee= love. Bring a mug to sip while you shop!

Roots + Raven

Visit Roots + Raven’s setup for some Indigenous owned, small batch, hand pressed bath bombs, made mindfully with eco conscious packaging, cruelty-free. 

Unboxed Market

Unboxed Market will be bringing eco-friendly daily living products, and waste-free snacks. Eco products will include plastic-free soaps, Stasher bags, laundry strips, CoffeeSocks and more!  Snacks will be packaged in glass jars on deposit. Return them while you visit for an instant refund, or bring them back to Unboxed Market another time!

Upmade

Grab a little something, guilt-free. With upcycling and reuse at its core, Upmade is focused on showing that there is beauty and functionality left in our waste. We redesign and breathe new life into many “waste” materials and clean up our environment at the same time. Life is what we make of it.

ANDPVA Art Market

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ANDPVA Indigenous Art Market comes to Yonge-Dundas Square. Beadwork, paintings, antler carvings, copper work, stained glass and more will be offered for sale. All work is made by Indigenous artists who receive 100% of the sales. 

Melanie Billark

Help multi-disciplinary artist Melanie Billark build some live art, while also building hope for the future! Pitch in on her live art installation, Life in Plastic. All ages, all for the future.

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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