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Woodbine Weekend

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FREE CONCERTS | DANCE | THEATRE | ART | FOOD

Woodbine Weekend

It’s time for music. It’s time to dance. 

Wrap up Luminato 2022 and launch your summer with two days of fabulous free music, art, conversation and food when we transform Woodbine Park into a magical urban fairground.

Catch free concerts from a lineup featuring reggae favourite and Massive Attack vocalist Horace Andy and the Hardcore Band, Indigenous MC and 2022 Juno Award-winning DJ Shub presents War Club Live, Ukraine’s GO_A Ґоу_Ей, Sudan Archives fresh from Coachella, Australian Indigenous rapper Baker Boy, Juno-winner Dominique Fils-Aimé, Witch Prophet, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and more.

June 18th Schedule

1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm- The Great Fire

The Great Fire is an immersive audio drama from Necessary Angel Theatre Company, told in a wooded glen, that conjures a magical yet modern world beset by prejudice, misunderstanding, plague and climate catastrophe. Yet, as we so often find in times of trauma, there remains friendship, wonder, and even love. 

Book your time at The Great Fire here.

1:30pm- Moskitto Bar

Moskitto Bar has a fresh and unique sound true to the multi-cultural scene that is Toronto. Combining a beautiful mix of Ukrainian, Balkan, Iraqi, Middle Eastern, and French Celtic music, these are high
energy tunes like nothing you’ve heard before.

3:00pm- Lakou Mizik

Lakou Mizik is a collective of venerable musicians from Haiti blending Troubadou, Vodou, Rara and Rap in an exciting, danceable bouyon of modern roots music. The band’s force stems from heavy, coordinated percussion with belting vocals, group chorales, and rocking drums and guitar. Prepare to
move!

4:20pm- Mobile Mini Powwow

Mobile Mini Powwow brings the powwow to you. Mixing live hand drumming and pre-recorded music, Indigenous dancers and singers bring the powwow to life on the lawn, and you are invited to join in the dance. Mobile Mini Powwow was commissioned as part of The Musical Stage Company’s 2022 Musical Moments initiative

5:00pm- Dominique Fils-Aimé

Montreal-based jazz singer Dominique Fils-Aimé, whose album Stay Tuned! won the Juno for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2020, joins us with an inspired repertoire that is sure to bring on the sunshine, so stretch out on a blanket, relax, and become a fan.

6:30pm- Witch Prophet

Witch Prophet is the evolution of Toronto-based singer-songwriter Ayo Leilani. Weaving together a soundscape of vocal layers, loops, raps, and harmonies on a bed of hip-hop, jazz, and soul-inspired beats, Witch Prophet is the perfect soundtrack for hazy summer evenings.

7:30pm- Sudan Archives

Inspired by Sudanese and Ghanian traditions, Sudan Archives is an LA-based violinist, vocalist and producer who plays with serious swagger. Her upbeat synth pop tunes entranced Coachella. Now it’s our turn.

8:30pm- Horace Andy with the Hardcore Band

Horace Andy is a real living reggae legend, playing with the Hardcore Band. Unique, with its characteristic falsetto and vibrato, he made history with hits like “Skylarking”, “You are My Angel” or “In The Light” among many others. The one who was nicknamed “Sleepy”, and also recognized by the general public thanks to his collaboration as a singer with Massive Attack, and he is one of those timeless artists whose voice is unforgettable and recognizable among a thousand.

June 19th Schedule

1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm- The Great Fire

The Great Fire is an immersive audio drama from Necessary Angel Theatre Company, told in a wooded glen, that conjures a magical yet modern world beset by prejudice, misunderstanding, plague and climate catastrophe. Yet, as we so often find in times of trauma, there remains friendship, wonder, and even love. 

Book your time at The Great Fire here.

1:30pm- Ansley Simpson

Let the poetic storytelling and deeply moving music of Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson and her band enfold you in a sonic world of her making. Known for her lyrical hymns and dream-like
arrangements, Ansley’s music will guide you back to shore when you’ve been lost in the waves.

2:30pm- G.R. Gritt

Soulful futurist G.R. Gritt pulls effortlessly from the past to create a modern sound both intimate and anthemic. Elegantly weaving melodies with vocals, guitar and electronic elements, this Juno-award
winning artist reclaims space as a non-binary, queer, Indigenous artist with expansive music for the dance club.

3:30pm- Lemon Bucket Orkestra  

There can be only one Balkan-Klezmer-Party-Punk Super-Band and it’s Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Join Toronto’s favourite Orkestra in an energetic, moving concert as they play, sing, and dance their way from the stage, through the park to Ashbridges Bay and beyond.

4:50pm- Mobile Mini Powwow

Mobile Mini Powwow brings the powwow to you. Mixing live hand drumming and pre-recorded music, Indigenous dancers and singers bring the powwow to life on the lawn, and you are invited to join in the dance. Mobile Mini Powwow was commissioned as part of The Musical Stage Company’s 2022 Musical Moments initiative.

5:00pm- Baker Boy

Indigenous Australian rapper and dancer Baker Boy builds a hip-hop vibe in Yolnu Matha and English which will keep you moving. Coming to Toronto from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory with a team of dancers, Baker Boy’s rhymes put Yolngu language and culture front and centre.

6:00pm- GO_A Ґоу_Ей

Ukrainian folktronica band GO_A ҐоуЕй debuts in Toronto with a high intensity show that smashes together pulsing electro beats with Ukrainian folklore. Whether you saw or you missed their performance as the official entry for Ukraine at Eurovision 2021, you do not want to miss the riveting energy and emotion of GO_A ҐоуЕй, live at Woodbine.

7:00pm- DJ Shub presents War Club Live 

The godfather of powwow step, DJ Shub presents War Club Live on stage with a non-stop body-moving experience enhanced by traditional Indigenous dancers in full regalia, performing against a backdrop of powerful video from his critically acclaimed, chart-topping electronic album War Club.

8:00pm- Zaagidiwin 

We close the festival with Zaagidiwin, a film reflecting on our relationship with nature, and the way in which we love the land and each other. Following the half human-half bird Nanabozo (a trickster-like character) we travel from the land into the city core, revealing its beauty as well as its darkness. On the journey, Nanabozo discovers hope and returns to the land, witnessing a beautiful healing gift through dance. Created by Denise Bolduc, and originally commissioned for Luminato’s 2021 digital festival, now you can see Zaagidiwin on the big screen under the setting sun. 

Portrait of Horace Andy in black an white. Horace is looking pensively at the camera and is waering and dark sleeveless shirt.

Horace Andy and the Hardcore Band

Powwow dancer in full regalia dancing energetically infront of DJ Shub at his mixtable.

DJ Shub War Club

4 members of GO_A all wearing black in an artistic arrangement.

GO_A Ґоу_Ей

Discover The Great Fire, a storytelling installation by Necessary Angel Theatre Company that’s tucked into the woods, The Ideas Tent, and Oluseye Ogunlesi’s installation Black Ark, down by the water.

Enjoy delicious food and drink, fun parades and sweet surprises, to celebrate the communities and cultures of the region.

The Great Fire

Moskitto Bar

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Portrait of Ansley Simpson looking at the camera with intensity.

Ansley Simpson

Mini Powwow

Portrait of Dominique Fils-Aime wearing  a black tanktop and looking at the camera with intensity.

Dominique Fils-Aimé

Portrait of Baker Boy wearing sunglasses and gesturing to the camera.

Baker Boy

Zaagidiwin

Portrait of GR Gritt with flowers in thier hair and a sideways look at the camera.

G.R. Gritt

Witch Prophet

Portrait of Sudan Archives wearing a gold bodysuit and looking boldly at the camera/

Sudan Archives

Happy group photo of Lakou Mizik with thier instruments.

Lakou Mizik

Cover photo by David Leyes.

Date & Time

June 18 @ 1:00 pm

All Dates and Times
Saturday, June 18 at 1 PM
Sunday, June 19 at 1 PM

Multidisciplinary
FREE

Location

1695 Queen St E
Toronto, ON M4L1G7 Canada
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Accessibility

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Event Supporters

Weekend Presented byLearn more about Meta
Supported byThe Larry & Judy Tanenbaum Foundation
With Assistance fromThe McLean Foundation

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]  

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