My Guide To The Luminato Festival

There is a ton to do this summer. From music festivals, to movies in the park, to cultural exhibitions, there’s not enough hours in the day to visit them all! But, if you need to put one thing at the top of your list this June, mark the Luminato Festival down on your calendar. From June 19 to 28, Toronto will be transformed into a 10 day cultural mecca with Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces with hundreds of events celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, magic, film, and more. Now in it’s ninth year, Luminato has become North America’s leading arts festivals and we are lucky to have it right in our backyard.

As Luminato is fast approaching, so in honour of this great festival, here are my Top 3 Exhibitions that should not be missed this year! Which one are you most excited for?

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1. The Festival Hub (David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West)
The centre of all of the action during Luminato, The Festival Hub will be the heart of the festival hosting free and ticketed concerts for the entire 10 day festival and transformed into a Garden of Light – a fully licensed urban oasis opened daily at noon for the duration the festival. Conceived by Janet Rosenberg and planted with the help of local greenhouses, flower markets, conservatories and Toronto’s greenest thumbs, the Garden of Light will be a veritable playground for festivalgoers who are looking to experience over 100 hours of festival programming.

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2. Unsound Toronto (Hearn Generating Station, 440 Unwin Avenue)
In addition to two full evenings of programming on June 19 and 20th, Unsound Toronto will be bringing music and art together on stage, Ephemera Live will play with your senses as it examines how you interpret the three scents (Bass, Drone and Noise) designed by Berlin perfumer Geza Schoen based on music created by Ben Frost, Tim Hecker and Steve Goodman (aka Kode9). Ephemera will be performed live by Tim Hecker on June  19th at 8:30 pm and 1:00 am.

3. Jason Collett’s Basement Revue at Luminato (David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West)
Jason is back again for his late night literary favourite bring together literary and music talent under one roof for 10 days of impromptu guests, unscripted performances and an evening full of fun. Past guests have included Kevin Drew, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Feist and many more!

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