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Radio LUMI

Radio LUMI is taking over ISO Community Radio to bring a unique audio experience to Luminato 2021. New this year, Radio LUMI offers listeners an  online radio station that provides audio introductions and descriptions of the programs offered at the festival. Presenters Christine Malec, Rebecca Singh, JJ Hunt and Ramya Amuthan will also bring you interviews with the creators and producers, Slow Looking segments that will dive into key elements of the exhibits, and much more.

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Schedule

June 26 @ 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST

6:00 pm: Welcome to Radio LUMI

6:30 pm: The Art of Audio Description (Part 1) with Christine Malec and Rebecca Singh

7:00 pm: “Worth Noting” with the LUMI team, led by Ramya Amuthan

7:30 pm: Luminato’s Desire Paths Episode 5, featuring Pree Rehal

8:30 pm: Artist Interview with Pree Rehal hosted by Ramya Amuthan & JJ Hunt

9:00 pm: LUMI Live with the whole LUMI team

June 27 @ 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST

6:00 pm: Worth Noting with the LUMI team, led by Christine Malec

6:30 pm: Luminato’s Golden Hour Episode 2: What Is Canada?

7:30 pm: Artist Interview with Courage Bacchus hosted by Christine Malec

8:00 pm: Worth Noting with the LUMI team, led by Christine Malec

8:30 pm: The Art of Audio Description (Part 2) with Ramya Amuthan and JJ Hunt

9:00 pm: LUMI Live with the whole LUMI team

Check back in Fall 2021 for more details.

About ISO

ISO is a non-profit, community-led radio platform based in Toronto. Founded in 2019 to showcase the diverse talents and perspectives of the DJs, producers, and collectives who create and curate music in our city. 

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Radio LUMI Team

Christine Malec

Christine Malec is an arts and culture consultant within the blind community and co-host of the podcast Talk Description to Me. She offers culture and music programs to blind adults through the CNIB Foundation, and hosts a monthly segment on Accessible Media Incorporated, Kelly and Company called Curious Minds. She is a musician who is easing the pain of being unable to busk during the pandemic by posting music on her Patreon Page. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Image description: Headshot of Christine Malec, a white woman in her 40s, with long, silver-blond hair. 

JJ Hunt

JJ Hunt is a freelance writer, narrator and editor of described material with twenty years’ experience creating description-rich content for film, television, digital media, fine arts, live events, tours, podcasts, and interactive workshops. He has completed over 1500 projects for a variety of clients including CBC Television, AMItv, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Pan American Games, The Andy Warhol Museum, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the World Pride Parade, and the CNIB. His descriptions of the visual world can be heard weekly in the innovative podcast he co-hosts with friend and colleague Christine Malec – Talk Description to Me.

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Image description: Standing in an ornate art nouveau post office, a middle-aged white man with dark brown eyes, a greying beard, and straw fedora faces us and smiles, leaning against a white marble countertop.

Ramya Amuthan

Ramya Amuthan is the Cohost and Producer at Accessible Media Inc’s daily Entertainment and Lifestyle audio show, Kelly and Company.  Her work involves meeting fascinating people, hearing their stories, and facilitating conversations that bring out their voices and messages. Ramya is also the Co-creator of Adventures, a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind in Toronto, creating daring physical activity opportunities for blind and low vision individuals, encouraging participants to step out of their comfort zones. For Ramya, there’s always time for self-care and hobbies, including singing – for herself and sometimes others, movement – like dancing or downhill skiing, meditation, and the life-long journey of brushing up on her culinary skills.

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Image description: Headshot of Ramya smiling. She has medium brown skin, and wears a scoop-neck magenta top with sleeves. Her long, brown, mostly straight hair hangs loose, with a glimpse of blonde highlights near the edges. The background appears to be a classroom, with tables and chairs behind her.

Rebecca Singh

Rebecca is a seasoned Audio Description writer and voice talent. She provides this service to the Blind and partially sighted community and beyond, and is the founder of Superior Description Services. She writes and voices image descriptions for art, described videos for film and television, and provides audio descriptions for live theatre, shows and events in Canada and worldwide. Most recently at Digital Carnival Z, Buddies in Bad Times Queer Cab Transitory Present and for Opera Atelier’s Resurrection. Rebecca also performs on screen and stage. She has created and performed theatre spanning from solo pieces to large spoken choruses. She is a member of BANFF SPARK ACCELERATOR PROGRAM, BLACK WOMEN FILM! CANADA and Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee (TAWC).

Image description: Smiling headshot of Rebecca Singh a feminine presenting person of colour in her forties with coily brown hair.

Mari “Dev” Ramsawakh (Producer)

Mari “Dev” Ramsawakh is a disabled and non-binary multidisciplinary storyteller. They produced the podcasts Cripresentation and Sick Sad World and edit the podcasts Leaders of Colour and Possibilities Podcast. They are also a writer, filmmaker, poet, and facilitator. They were the 2019 TVO Short Docs Contest winner and their short films have been screened at Toronto Queer Film Festival, ReelAbilities Film Festival, and North Bay Film Festival. Their work has been published on CBC, HuffPost Canada, Nuance, them, Xtra, and other publications. They also have been included in the Disability Visibility anthology edited by Alice Wong and the Rhubarb Festival 2021 publication, and their fiction has been published in Two Times Removed: An Anthology of Indo-Caribbean Fiction, Toronto 2033, and Hart House Review 2014. They also facilitate workshops independently and with a collective called CRIP about topics such as ableism, disability justice, media, storytelling, content creation and more.

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Image description: A grinning headshot of Dev Ramsawakh, a brown non-binary person with very short cropped black hair and two nose piercings. They are wearing a black leather jacket and the top of their cane is visible. 

Cathy Gordon (Producer)

Cathy is an artist, curator, and producer, currently working fulltime at Luminato. As the former Managing Director of The Theatre Centre, they had a key role in establishing the groundwork for the company’s current performance facility. While there, they conceived and produced the sprawling community-building art-party, Block In One Spot that brought together artists and neighbourhood personalities. They subsequently curated and/or produced the Live Art series and/or Off-Site series at SummerWorks while also volunteering as co-Artistic Director of hub14 art and performance works. Artistically, their work vibrates between theatre, live art, and performance art. They have workshopped and presented solo and collective performances across Canada, UK, Europe, and NYC.   

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Image description: Smiling headshot of Cathy Gordon. A white woman with straight brown hair, wearing a red top and looking directly at the camera.

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Artist Interviews

Come back June 28th to listen to Radio LUMI Artist Interviews!

Bio's for Artist Interviews