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New Monuments

Co-Produced by Canadian Stage and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Harbourfront Centre, National Arts Centre, and TO Live. Streaming on CBC Gem.

New Monuments

Date & Time

October 15, 2021 @ 8:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

Streaming on CBC Gem
Premiering on October 15, 8:00 pm

Only available for streaming in Canada.


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Co-Produced with
Streaming on
In association with Harbourfront Centre
National Arts Centre
TO Live
Presented by Ian and Kiki Delaney, C.M.
CBC Arts
Lead support fromJoan and Jerry Lozinski

New Monuments masterfully teams up internationally-recognized IBPOC Toronto talent working alongside homegrown talent, in a fully collaborative space where live performance meets film, while featuring a wide array of dance styles (ballet, street style, contemporary) all coming together as one.

Directed, conceived and developed through a distinctly IBPOC lens, New Monuments asks tough questions – Do the statues that adorn our public spaces speak to values that represent us as a city, and elevate our values of freedom and diversity? Should they be dismantled piece by piece? What are the new standards that define us, and which ones should make the cut? – and then proceeds to answer some of them, by imagining a future world where racist monuments no longer exist, and where IBPOC art and activism continue to seamlessly intersect.

On the shores of Lake Ontario, over 40 dancers from across Toronto take us on a cathartic journey of purpose—from the beginning of colonization to a more hopeful and equitable future.

Conceived and curated by Toronto’s iconic, Grammy-nominated and multiple award-winning director and installation artist Julien Christian Lutz pka DIRECTOR X (Drake, Rihanna, Rosalia, Superfly movie) with award-winning artistic producer and curator Umbereen Inayet (Nuit Blanche Toronto, Awakenings, TEDx), alongside visionary three-time MTV VMA-nominated Tanisha Scott (Beyoncé, Sean Paul) as lead choreographer.

Featuring choreography by Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Nova Bhattacharya and Kieran Herallal, Robert Binet, Travis Knights, Esie Mensah, Fizz Oladiran, Kevin A. Ormsby, Nimkii Osawamick, Natasha Powell, Sandra Laronde, and “Snapp” Jan Yalda.

New Monuments Digital Companion

FAQ – Tickets, How to Watch

How to Watch New Monuments

  1. Where do I watch New Monuments

    Catch New Monuments on CBC Gem.
  2. Can I watch New Monuments without tickets? 

    Yes, you can! We love New Monuments too much to keep it hidden. You can watch on CBC GEM. We recommend registering for free tickets because you’ll get show reminders and bonus content.
  3. What if I miss it? Is New Monuments available after October 15th

    Not a problem. New Monuments will be available on CBC GEM until spring 2022.
  4. Where can I find the calendar of events for Luminato 2021? 

    Luminato’s calendar is available on the Festival Schedule page: https://luminatofestival.com/upcoming-arts-events/ and on the Festival 2021 page: https://luminatofestival.com/event_series/love-letters-to-toronto/   

Creative Leads

Featuring Choreography by

Costume Designer
Ming Wong

Set and Properties Designer
Rachel Forbes

Indigenous Advisors
Jonathan Elliot
Dr. Duke Redbird

Music by
Lodewijk Vos and Joseph Murray

Additional Music by
Nicholas Murray

Indigenous Advisors
Jonathan Elliott
Yvette Nolan
Edler Duke Redbird

Cultural Consultant
Ravyn Wngz

Counsellor/Wellness Support
Nicole Inica Hamilton

Samson Bonkeabantu Brown

Production Stage Manager
Kat Chin

Stage Managers
Ada Aguilar
Michael Hart

Associate Designer and Head of Wardrobe
Laura Delchiaro

Marlee Bygate

Ilana Harendorf

Kathleen Johnston
Janet Pym

Head of Hair and Make-up Department
Erica Croft

Key Hair
Antoinette Julien

Key Make-Up
Michelle St. Aubyn

Assistants Hair
Tiffany Dawn
Dereck Payne

Assistant Make-Up
Cheyenne Vollans

Hair and Make-Up Runner
Brooklyn Johnson

Digital Companion Piece Curated by
Fiona Raye Clarke

NOVA Dance
Nova Bhattacharya
Kieran Heralall

Neena Jayarajan
Rachana Joshi
Nyda Kwasowsky
Gurtej Hunjan

Sze-Yang Ade-Lam

Matthew Chiu
Diana Reyes “Fly Lady Di”
Kaela Willey

Joshua “Classic Roots” De Perry
Sarain Fox
Cotee Harper
Nimkii Osawamick
Maamaatesiinh Osawamick-Fox

Natasha Powell
Rodney Diverlus
Hollywood Jade

Travis Knights
Raoul Wilkee

Fizz Oladiran
Marianne Kanaan
Paul Mula

Vincent Trang
Isaiah Pecka
Carter Musselman (rehearsal dancer)

Esie Mensah
Rose-Mary Harbans

Kwasi Obeng Adjei
Shakeil Rollock

Dwayne “BONELESS” Gulston

Jan “Snapp” Yalda
Isaiah Antonio Morrison Francis (rehearsal dancer)
“Tricky Troublez” (rehearsal dancer)

Kevin A. Ormsby
Kadeem Fasutin
Nickeshia Garrick

Aisha Nicholson

Sandra Laronde
Falciony Patino Cruz
Joey Arrigo
Katie Couchie
Kristin DeAmorim

Robert Binet

Jack Bertinshaw
Hannah Galway
Clare Peterson
Donald Thom

A Dish with One Spoon, The Power of the Land, and Mother Earth written and performed by
Elder Duke Redbird

Additional Performances by
Ravyn Wngz

Dainty Smith (Outside Eye for Ravyn Wngz)

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