My Luminato Picks

Luminato_logo_TorontoYesterday, Luminato, Toronto’s annual festival of creativity, posted its 2014 lineup. Events will run from Friday, June 6, to Sunday, June 15, and as usual, touch on a wide range of disciplines, themes and even price points. Venues are also all over the map, from Festival Hub, again located at David Pecaut Square (yes, that space between Metro Hall and Roy Thomson Hall) to the ACC to the McMichael Gallery.

With over 100 events taking place, there’s something for almost anyone (so long as “anyone” is OK with getting off the couch and appreciating creative-focused activities). Personally, the following five events are catching my eye:

Jason Collett’s Basement Revue at Luminato
This event is back though this time at a new venue that I highly approve of: The Edward Day Gallery. As in the past, little will be revealed about this nightly party until show time however, based on years passed, we can expect some great music and unique pairings of performers. What we do know is that there will be Mill Street beer on hand.

LUMINATO_Los Carpinteros_Cardboard_Beach_TorontoCardboard Beach
As the name suggests, this exhibit will be a beach made out of cardboard. It will make up what’s better known as festival hub and will host nightly concerts as well as serve food and booze. No, I don’t know what happens to all of the cardboard furniture if it rains but good question.

Taste of the Beach
Tying into the above exhibit will be this in which, “10 chefs will be paired with 10 Luminato musical artists to prepare delicious ‘things-on-sticks’ or favourite summer food recipes.” I know that past Luminato food events have been madhouses, to put it lightly, but I’m hoping that the smaller scope of this one means fewer people and more opportunities to get food.

A Literary Picnic
Last year this event got rained out. I’m really hope that this doesn’t happen again this year as one of my favourite local authors, Zoe Whitall be there along 44 “of the city’s finest writers” who “will be gathered in Trinity Bellwoods Park, where they will present their thoughts and views and read from their own and other authors’ work during the Luminato Festival’s daylong celebration of Toronto, the Unseen.” There will also be food vendors.

If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway – An Evening of Love Duets
While I doubt I’ll actually go to this one as I am cheap (seats range from $150 to $45), I love the idea: All male covers of classic Broadway love songs. This night at the Sony Centre will feature performances by David Byrne, Boy George, Josh Groban, Rufus Wainwright (who’s also the event’s co-curator) and more.

I’m sure there’s more good stuff happening than just those five events. If anything is catching your eye, let me know about it.


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