Toronto's Luminato Festival Unveils 2017 Programming
Jean-Michel Blais, CFCF, Veda Hille and LAL are among the performers
Published Apr 06, 2017Luminato brings a wide array of art and culture to Toronto every year, and 2017 will be no different. Now in its 11th year, the festival has unveiled the program for this summer's edition of the festival.
The events will be spanned out from June 14 to 25, offering productions that range from theatre to dance to visual art to music — all with a focus on honouring the multi-cultural makeup of the city and presenting work by artists of all abilities.
Musically minded attendees will be given the chance to see Montreal musicians Jean-Michel Blais and CFCF bring their collaborative album Cascades to life with a show by the same name. The duo will play Longboat Hall (at the Great Hall) on June 24.
Showcasing a different point on the musical spectrum, a "multimedia symphonic experience" called Life Reflected will follow-up its 2016 Ottawa debut with a presentation at Toronto's Sony Centre on June 18. It combines the work of four Canadian composers, inspired by noteworthy four Canadian women: Alice Munro, Amanda Todd, Roberta Bondar and Rita Joe. It brings together the contributions of conductor Alexander Shelley, director Donna Feore, and visual and stage design by Normal.
Other musical acts set to appear include LAL, Veda Hille (who will bring her King Arthur's Night project), and Rusangano Family.
Luminato will also host a new video installation from Australian artist Shaun Gladwell. Skateboarders vs. Minimalism finds freestyle skate star Rodney Mullen "misusing" American minimalist sculptures in a museum setting. The film is scored by the music of Philip Glass, and will be screened at the Drake Hotel from April 18 through July 11.
Elsewhere, Luminato will offer dance performances like Until the Lions, Vertical Influences and Breakin' Convention; theatrical productions like En avant, marche! and Uncle Vanya; and the Canadian premiere of a dance opera called Bearing.
Additionally, world-renowned travelling pavilion the Famous Spiegeltent (which has been making the rounds as a pop-up venue since its origin in 1920s Belgium) will be landing in Toronto, hosting nightly performances in David Pecaut Square for the duration of the festival.
Find full information about programming and tickets at the official Luminato website. Watch a trailer for the upcoming festival below.