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Golden Hour: Mighty Brave

Photo of Emma Riddihough by Deion Squires Golden Hour Episode 4: Mighty Brave takes you through the experiences of three young artists as they coped with the effects of the pandemic. Lisa Pijuan-Nomura’s Gallery space called Studio Beulah, is the home of the Mighty Brave art collective. The collective was started in response to Lisa’s… Continue reading Golden Hour: Mighty Brave

Amal in the Classroom 

Online – Video and downloadable workbook Help us welcome Little Amal to Toronto. Come to meet an extraordinary 12-foot puppet; leave having experienced our city through the eyes of a refugee girl. Get ready for Amal’s arrival with the Little Amal Education and Activity Kit. This kit has been created to support and invite various… Continue reading Amal in the Classroom 

What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings 

Queen's Park 110 Wellesley St W, Toronto, Ontario

May 28, 11:30 AM Queen's Park (free, no tickets required) Across cultures, food is a reminder of home, and one of the greatest gifts that diaspora communities bring with them when they migrate to a new place. And every culture on earth has a dumpling.Join authors from the new collection What We Talk About When We Talk… Continue reading What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings 

Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha

St. Lawrence Centre Toronto

Luminato Festival Toronto and TO Live present Produced by Volcano in association with The Canadian Opera Company, Soulpepper, and Moveable Beast By Scott Joplin, Story Book & Libretto Adapted by: Leah-Simone Bowen, Co-Librettist: Cheryl DavisCo-Arrangers: Jessie Montgomery & Jannina Norpoth Originally written by Scott Joplin (c. 1911), Treemonisha is one of the few pieces set soon… Continue reading Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha

Puppets in Action: Theory Practice and Possibility

Innis College Town Hall 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

June 7, 10:00 AM  Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue  Start the festival off with a panel discussion between the creators of Little Amal, Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, moderated by Professor Lawrence Switzky (UTM English and Drama). This insightful conversation will provide a scholarly look at Handspring Puppet Theatre’s development and effects on… Continue reading Puppets in Action: Theory Practice and Possibility

Walk with Amal: Union Station

Union Station Toronto

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Respective Collective. Wednesday, June 7 5 PM - 7:30 PMStarts: Union Station Plaza, 55 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6 Ends: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N1 A new city,… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Union Station

Belonging Is

Union Station Toronto

Photo by Cassandra Popescu In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, social belonging is smack in the middle of the pyramid. We do not thrive without the understanding of how we fit in. And yet, social isolation and the sense of otherness pervade our public life. How can we better be a village to one another? How… Continue reading Belonging Is

Nuit (1986)

Fleck Dance Theatre 207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada

Presented by Luminato Festival Toronto  Choreographed by Jean-Pierre Perreault Remounted by Compagnie de la Citadelle  with the permission of Espace Perreault-Transmissions chorégraphiques Photo by Kendra Epik Nuit is legendary Canadian choreographer Jean-Pierre Perreault’s seminal work exploring the individual among the collective through fiery, demanding contemporary dance. During the harsh night, eight performers grapple with the hurly-burly of everyday… Continue reading Nuit (1986)

Meeting of the Doodem

Augmented Reality by Quinn Hopkins Free to use and accessible at locations throughout the festival!  Discover ethereal monuments to Ojibwe culture using augmented reality on your smartphone. Visit Echoes Calling Back or Luminato Music Weekend, find the project QR code on Luminato signage and access these incredible animated digital sculptures inspired by Anishinaabe pictographs, artworks and storytelling.  

Walk with Amal: Scarborough

Albert Campbell Square 150 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo courtesy of The Walk Productions. Thursday, June 8 Scarborough Civic Centre, 12 PMStarts and Ends: Scarborough Civic Centre, Albert Campbell Square150 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON M1P 0B1  At Albert Campbell Square, RISE Edutainment and… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Scarborough

Walk with Amal: University of Toronto

University of Toronto, St. George Campus 27 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Lizzie Coombes. Thursday, June 82pmStarts: Convocation Hall, University of Toronto31 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1 Ends: Outside SickKids, corner of Elizabeth Street and Elm Street.  Graduation to Gratitude While searching for her friends Basil… Continue reading Walk with Amal: University of Toronto

Walk with Amal: Regent Park

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Jaskirt Boora. Thursday, June 8 6pm Starts: Regent Park Athletic Grounds, 480 Shuter St, Toronto, ON M5A 3K1 Ends: Regent Park, opposite 585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7  Amal takes part in soccer… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Regent Park

Aalaapi | ᐋᓛᐱ 

Ada Slaight Hall 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada

Presented by Native Earth Performing Arts and Le Théâtre français de Toronto, in association with Luminato Festival TorontoPhoto by Anne-Marie Baribeau    In Inuktitut, Aalaapi means “Choosing silence to hear something beautiful”. Immerse yourself in a theatrical performance that combines the sounds of the North – creaking snow, whistling winds, and voices in Inuktitut, French, and English –… Continue reading Aalaapi | ᐋᓛᐱ 

Walk with Amal: Brampton

Brampton Brampton, ON, Canada

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Respective Collective. Friday, June 9 12 PM Starts: Knightsbridge Kings Cross Apartments, 3 Knightsbridge Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 3X4 Ends: Bramalea Civic Centre, 150 Central Park Dr, Brampton, ON L6T 1B4  Brampton's Many MothersWhen… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Brampton

Walk with Amal: Thorncliffe Park

Thorncliffe Park 35 Brian Peck Crescent, East York, ON, Canada

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Respective Collective. Friday, June 9 Thorncliffe Park, 3:15 PM Starts: Thorncliffe Public Library, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr, East York, ON M4H 1J7 Ends: The Rose Garden, opposite 45 Overlea Blvd #180, Toronto, ON M4H… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Thorncliffe Park

Walk with Amal: Rogers Centre

Rogers Centre Rogers Centre, Toronto

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Respective Collective. Friday, June 9 6:15pm Starts: Rogers Centre, GATE 5, on Bremner Blvd  Ends: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8  Dancing the SeasonsAfter battling the bustling baseball fans, Amal passes… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Rogers Centre

Transmigrations 

Beeton Hall, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St Toronto

 Music & Artificial Intelligence June 9, 7pm Beeton Hall, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St Experience an AI powered electro-jazz show in the library.   This free concert will weave together live music with a series of immersive visuals created with artificial intelligence. The music and visuals in Transmigrations draw from Dhaivat Jani’s personal experiences, Toronto’s diversity,… Continue reading Transmigrations 

Walk with Amal: Mississauga

Mississauga Mississauga, ON, Canada

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Tayfun Icsel Kemeralti. Saturday, June 10 Mississauga, 11 AM Starts: Scholars Green Park (Sheridan college), 275 Prince of Wales Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 0E5 Ends: Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Mississauga

Walk with Amal: Etobicoke

Etobicoke Etobicoke, ON, Canada

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Igor Emerich. Saturday, June 10Etobicoke, 3 PMStarts: Mabelle, 5005 Dundas St W, Etobicoke, ON M9A 4Y6 Ends: Montogmery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9A 1A8  Food is the way to the HeartAmal… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Etobicoke

Walk with Amal: Esplanade

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Respective Collective. Saturday, June 10 6:30pm Starts: Jamii, 264 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5A 4J6 Ends:  Berczy Park, 35 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C6  Finding Home, Walking in Audacious HopeThe community of The… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Esplanade

Walk with Amal: The Bentway

The Bentway 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo courtesy of The Walk Productions. Sunday, June 11 The Bentway, 12 PM Starts and Ends: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9  The Bentway Animal ParadeRacoons, blue birds, mice, foxes… oh… Continue reading Walk with Amal: The Bentway

Walk with Amal: Yonge-Dundas

College Park 444 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Respective Collective. Sunday, June 11 Yonge-Dundas Square to College Park 3 PMon Yonge Street Walking Together for a Better FutureAmal looks for a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto and… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Yonge-Dundas

Walk with Amal: Waterfront

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal 9 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON

'Walk with Amal Toronto' is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Photo by Respective Collective. Sunday, June 11 Waterfront Music Garden 6 PMStarts: Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3M8 Ends: HTO Beach, 339 Queens Quay West, M5V 1A2  Farewell Little Amal Tkaronto bids… Continue reading Walk with Amal: Waterfront

Loss: In Isolation

The Theatre Centre Gallery Toronto

June 12 — 25, 2023 at The Theatre Centre Gallery Loss: In Isolation, expands on The Theatre Centre's Residency Production Loss by Ian Kamau (part of Luminato 2023). This interactive installation, curated by Oddside Arts collective members, offers a space for reflection, dialogue, and anonymous empathy with others while examining the often unspoken experiences in Afro-Caribbean familial culture. The installation aims to… Continue reading Loss: In Isolation

Love Across Borders

Accolades West Building, Room 109  4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3  Toronto

June 13, 7pm York University Accolades West Building, Room 109 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 FREE In this lecture and panel discussion, hear readings from Love Across Borders, Anna Lekas Miller’s newly published book. Join us for a panel discussion from experts and artists with lived experience of forced migration and love across borders.  With deep empathy,… Continue reading Love Across Borders

Walls for All

210 King Street East 210 King St E, Toronto, ON

Walls For All June 14, 6-9pm 210 King St E, Toronto ON Hosted by East End Arts & Muralroutes Although more women and gender-diverse artists & curators have become established in recent years, public art has traditionally been - and continues to be - a (mostly white) male-dominated field, full of barriers and challenges for gender-diverse artists. How… Continue reading Walls for All

Loss

Harbourfront Centre Theatre 231 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, ON, Canada

Luminato Festival Toronto presents Ian Kamau’s Loss, produced by The Theatre CentrePhoto of Ian Kamau by Bryan Brock Loss is a deeply honest, live retelling of an intergenerational family story, written by Ian Kamau and his father Roger McTair. This multi-media performance begins as a mirror into a winter of depression, then slowly unravels the… Continue reading Loss

Words, Music and Black Experience 

Harbourfront Centre Theatre Toronto

Moderated by Donna Bailey Nurse June 15, 5:00-6:00pm Harbourfront Centre Theatre Following the incredible success of Beloved last year, join Donna Bailey Nurse in conversation with leaders in the realm of music, theatre and history, as she explores words, music and the power of Black experience in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha and Loss. This year Donna will be… Continue reading Words, Music and Black Experience 

Dragon’s Tale

Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada

Co-produced by Tapestry Opera and Soundstreams, and realised in partnership with Luminato Festival Toronto and Harbourfront CentreArtwork by Gracia Lam Mark A beautiful new opera performed on Toronto’s waterfront celebrating the origin of Dragon Boat racing.  In ancient China, poet and politician Qu Yuan dedicated his whole life to the King and the Chu kingdom… Continue reading Dragon’s Tale

A Literary Legacy: 33 Years of CBC’s Writers & Company

Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St West, Toronto, M5V 3G7 Toronto

Produced by CBC Radio's Writers & Company, presented in association with Luminato Festival Toronto.Photo of Eleanor Wachtel by CBC. Celebrate the legacy of CBC’s flagship literary program, Writers & Company, at this special onstage event. Join host Eleanor Wachtel for a live taping of the show’s last original episode, in honour of its 33-year history… Continue reading A Literary Legacy: 33 Years of CBC’s Writers & Company

Recurring

Luminato Music Weekend

David Pecaut Square 215 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada

Photo by Cassandra Popescu Celebrate the incredible community of musicians from across the world and around the block who make Toronto sing and dance! Luminato’s closing weekend features a FREE music festival in David Pecaut Square. Please see dropdown schedule below for the full lineup, times, and artist bios. Come groove with us on Saturday afternoon to… Continue reading Luminato Music Weekend

Illuminating Ideas On Film

May 31, 7 PMHot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 506 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario June 17, 3:30 PMDavid Pecaut Square as part of Luminato Music Weekend May 31 Programmed in partnership with Hot Docs Cinema, feature length documentary We Are From There speaks to the feeling of longing and remembrance that is present in our festival programming. The screening… Continue reading Illuminating Ideas On Film

Recurring

Luminato Music Weekend

David Pecaut Square 215 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada

Photo by Cassandra Popescu Celebrate the incredible community of musicians from across the world and around the block who make Toronto sing and dance! Luminato’s closing weekend features a FREE music festival in David Pecaut Square. Please see dropdown schedule below for the full lineup, times, and artist bios. Come groove with us on Saturday afternoon to… Continue reading Luminato Music Weekend

4th Wall: Making the Invisible Visible 

Cee Centre for Young Black Professionals 75 Thermos Rd, Scarborough, ON Toronto

June 19, 7pm Cee Centre for Young Black Professionals 75 Thermos Rd, Scarborough, ON   4th Wall: Making the Invisible Visible is hosted by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation in partnership with RISE and Luminato. Taking place in Scarborough on June 19, 2023, the 4th Wall aims to amplify the voices of young people who are often excluded from… Continue reading 4th Wall: Making the Invisible Visible 

Echoes Calling Back

Bay Adelaide Centre 333 Bay St., Toronto, Ontario

Echoes Calling Back, 2023By Jordan Bennett Commissioned by Luminato Festival TorontoCurated and Produced by MASSIVart  Public art has the power to transform communities, reflecting back to us the importance of place, history, and our shared values, but also to surprise and delight passers-by reminding us to pause, and (we hope) smile.  At once buoyant and imposing, Echoes… Continue reading Echoes Calling Back