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Radio LUMI

Luminato for your ears. 
2023 Podcast & Radio LUMI Schedule

Radio LUMI is an online radio station that provides exclusive content with live-from-location reporting, audio descriptions of festival programs, artist interviews, as well as other exciting content created for and by the blind/low vision and Disability communities. 

Starting June 7, tune in daily to hear Radio LUMI led by hosts Christine Malec, Ramya Amuthan, Theodore Walker Robinson along with audio describers, Rebecca Singh and JJ Hunt, and many special guests. Music and Artist Spotlight series are curated by producer Dev Ramsawakh.  

Leading up to the festival, Radio LUMI is releasing a new series of six podcasts starting Friday, May 19, to get listeners prepped for the full festival experience. Check back every Friday and Tuesday, or subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, for new content.

You can hear highlights from previous Artist Spotlight series here
Station ID composed by G.R. Gritt. 
Broadcast partner: ISO.fm 

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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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What is Audio Description?

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 Ramya, called Curious Minds.  She is a musician who can be heard singing her heart out regularly in the TTC Subway System.  She lives in Toronto, Canada.   

www.patreon.com/ChristineMalec

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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 an award-winning freelance writer, narrator, and editor of described material with over twenty years experience creating description-rich content for film, television, fine arts, live events, tours, podcasts, and interactive workshops. He has completed almost 2000 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, The Obama Presidential Center, the World Pride Parade, NASA, and the CNIB. His descriptions of the visual world can be heard in the innovative podcast Talk Description to Me.

http://www.jjhunt.com/

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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 Ramya.  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 Singh has been audio describing film, television, live performance, and visual art since 2011.  Her extensive experience includes producing, writing, and voicing descriptions on all genres of artwork shows and events from around the world including art films, large scale art installations, dance, and opera. Rebecca works with members of the Blind and partially sighted community on every project.  Rebecca leans on experiences from her collaborative multidisciplinary art practice to navigate production needs and timelines. Also a performer for screen and stage, she has created and performed theatre spanning from solo pieces to large spoken choruses. She recently performed at the Women at Play(s) 5 Festival and voices audio descriptions for exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Rebecca is the founder and CEO of Superior Description Services and a contributor to the Routledge Handbook to Audio Description. Originally from Alberta, she called Montreal home for over a decade and now is based out of Toronto.

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Theodore Walker Robinson

Theodore Walker Robinson (they/them) is a Black, low-vision, hard-of-hearing, nonbinary broadcaster, scholar, fashion designer, and multi-disciplinary artist. Theodore was born to parents of Maroon Jamaican and Afro-Chinese Trinidadian descent who settled in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the early 1970s. Theodore is a creative consultant based in Toronto and Executive Director of Lakeshore Arts in South Etobicoke. 

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Dev Ramsawakh (Producer)

Dev Ramsawakh is a disabled, non-binary and diasporic Indo-Caribbean award-winning multidisciplinary storyteller, producer and educator whose practice has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council, SKETCH Toronto, Tangled Art + Disability and Luminato Festival Toronto. Their work has been published on platforms like Toronto Star, Chatelaine, CBC, Xtra and Autostraddle. You can find Dev on Twitter and TikTok @merkyywaters and on Instagram @merkyy_waters or on their website IndivisibleWriting.com.

Image Description: A portrait of Dev Ramsawakh, a medium brown transmasculine person with a small mustache, faint goatee, short wavy bleached hair with dark roots and two nose piercings. They are wearing a long red plaid shirt dress that’s unbuttoned to reveal a white undershirt tucked into black high waisted shorts and a lace collar and attached fishnet sleeves. They stand in front of a white poster of text written in a circle.

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.

Radio LUMI is part of our Access Hub

Artist Spotlights

Learn more about CRIP COLLAB

Radio LUMI podcast

Bios for Artist Spotlights

FAQ

When is Radio LUMI? 

Radio LUMI takes over ISO Radio June 7th to June 8th, daily. 

How can I listen to Radio LUMI?

Go to ISO Radio Stream B from June 7th to June 18th

Are you having technical issues with ISO Radio? 

Radio LUMI will also be available in podcast form and each segment will be available on our website in real time! Make sure to scroll down to the schedule to click on the podcast you want to hear.

Questions? 

Team members will be online during the festival to answer your questions. Just email us at [email protected]

Who is Radio LUMI for?   

We are a Disability-led pop-up radio station available online prioritizing Blind, low vision and partially sighted audience but enjoyable to all who like radio!

Who is part of the Radio LUMI Team? 

Produced by Dev Ramsawakh with Blind & Low Vision hosts Ramya Amuthan and Christine Malec with audio describers JJ Hunt and Rebecca Singh. Station ID composed by G.R. Gritt.

How do I listen to Radio LUMI Artist Spotlights? 

Radio LUMI also features Artist Spotlights, short podcasts (10 minutes or less) of the artist contributors to CRIP COLLAB Issue 4 by Sticky Mangos (Pree Rehal) Artist spotlights will be available on the CRIP COLLAB page starting June 1st.