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Luminato Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Best Holiday Gifts for Arts Lovers

We’ve compiled this holiday gift guide for arts lovers everywhere!

Blanking on what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Skip the mall and support your local Toronto arts community! We’ve put together this holiday gift guide full of unique items from local artists. Here is a list of one-of-a-kind giftable items created and/or sold by Luminato artists.

The Toronto vocalist and songwriter leads a dynamic band combining blistering hard rock with gritty blues. The empowering messages embedded in her music, and her soul-shaking live show, have quickly built SATE’s reputation as an artist impossible to ignore. Named for one of the tarot cards, SATE’s newest studio album, The Fool, embodies new beginnings and opportunities.

This t-shirt is everything you’ve dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It’s comfortable and flattering for all. 

Prints from the Built on Genocide Collection by CHIPPEWAR


Jay Soule creates art under the name CHIPPEWAR, which represents the hostile relationship that Canada’s Indigenous peoples have with the government of the land they have resided in since their creation. CHIPPEWAR is also a reminder of the importance of the traditional warrior role that exists in Indigenous cultures across North America that survives into the present day.   

Built on Genocide is a reckoning, a call to action, and an unflinching look at the colonial foundations of Canada that remain intact today. Created by Indigenous artist Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg), Built on Genocide is a powerful visual record of the 19th-century buffalo genocide that accompanied John A. MacDonald’s colonial expansion west with the railroad. In the mid-19th century, an estimated 30 to 60 million buffalo roamed the prairies, by the late 1880s, fewer than 300 remained. As the buffalo were slaughtered and the prairie ecosystem decimated, Indigenous peoples were robbed of their foods, lands, and cultures. Working from archival records, CHIPPEWAR has created paintings to connect the past with the present in the Built on Genocide collection.

Shop CHIPPEWAR’s selection of Aboriginal Design Shirts for men, women and youth that make a statement.

Essential Elements (2016) | Photography Book by Edward Burtynsky


Curated by William A. Ewing, Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements provides an overview of Burtynsky’s work across four decades, including both iconic images and previously unpublished photographs. Relinquishing the project-based lens through which the photographer’s work has previously been presented, the major monographs Oil and Water being the most recent examples, this book presents Burtynsky’s photographs in five free-flowing sections which combine and contrast work from throughout his career. This original approach provides a sense of both his visual language and his exploration of the dilemmas at the heart of our globalized world. Each section is interspersed with selected texts which work in concert with the images, to provide a fuller understanding of Burtynsky’s view of the world.

Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes represent over 40 years of his dedication to bearing witness to the impact of humans on the planet. 

Current promo: Use Promo Code EBHOLIDAY21 on All Burtynsky Archive Bookstore Orders  
Between Nov. 15-Dec. 15 2021 for 15% Off! 

iskwē’s From the Stars Tour


iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ is, among many other things, a Juno-award winning artist – a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry and prose. And through it all, she’s a teller of stories that have impacted our past and will inform our future. Her music is a sonic exploration that not only blurs lines between sources and styles, but also between the actual and the ideal, the real and imagined. Her message is most impactful when delivered from the stage, where it’s not uncommon for people to leave in entranced contemplation or even in tears. Her music merges with dance, multimedia, and more in a completely engulfing and cathartic experience – meant to bring people together and celebrate that which unites over that which divides us.

Will I See? Graphic Novel by iskwē


Will I See? is a collaboration between author David Robertson, illustrator GMB Chomichuk and musician iskwé. It tells the story of an Indigenous teenager named May who encounters objects in her life that embody the spirits of Indigenous women who have died. 

How To Lose Everything a Memoir by Christa Couture


Christa Couture has come to know every corner of grief—its shifting blurry edges, its traps, its pulse of love at the centre and the bittersweet truth that sorrow is a powerful and wise emotion.

From the amputation of her leg as a cure for bone cancer at a young age to her first child’s single day of life, the heart transplant and subsequent death of her second child, the divorce born of grief and then the thyroidectomy that threatened her career as a professional musician, How to Lose Everything delves into the heart of loss. Couture bears witness to the shift in perspective that comes with loss, and how it can deepen compassion for others, expand understanding, inspire a letting go of little things and plant a deeper feeling for what matters. At the same time, Couture’s writing evokes the joy and lightness that both precede and eventually follow grief, as well as the hope and resilience that grow from connections with others

Thank you for your continued support of Toronto’s arts and culture community. We hope you found something you love in this holiday gift guide. To keep up with the artists, be sure to follow them and Luminato Festival Toronto on social media.  

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