Skip to main content

LuminaTO 2011 - Visual Arts & Fashion

The fifth anniversary edition of Luminato takes place from June 10-19, 2011. Tickets for all Luminato 2011 programs will be available for sale as of April 16, 2011.

If you sign up as an "insider", you can get tickets starting April 11.
• For details, please visit

Complete Luminato 2011 Visual Arts and Fashion Programs:

In this new Luminato-commissioned installation, architect Philip Beesley (whose Hylozoic Ground took over the Canadian Pavilion at the 2010 the Venice Biennale) combines visionary design with high-tech digital engineering to turn an everyday public space into a world of wonder— and to offer a thrilling glimpse of the potential future of architectural art.

A worldwide pioneer in the fast-growing field of responsive architecture, Beesley and his team of collaborators pose the question “could architecture come alive?” In reply he creates spaces that dissolve into forest-like hovering fields, kin to primitive life-forms within dense jungles and ocean reefs.

Sargasso was commissioned by Luminato and is presented from June 8-18 in the Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street. This work is supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation. Free.

Three Toronto performers inhabit a house for eight hours a day, spontaneously going about their business as roommates, while seamlessly repeating a script by Brooklyn-based playwright Jason Grote. Each day, the performers perform the same dialogue, while improvising the staging to suit their personal needs as well as those of their characters.

As you watch, through the windows of Marsha Ginsberg’s fully-functioning house constructed inside the Great Hall at OCAD University, and on a live video feed randomly edited to create a unique TV drama, Habit raises fascinating questions about the nature of performance, spectatorship, and even reality itself.

The world premiere of Habit was commissioned by Luminato and is presented from June 10-19 at OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street. Free.

Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice
Acclaimed Canadian fashion designer Denis Gagnon creates a contemporary fashion response to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, performed by the National Ballet of Canada as part of Luminato. Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice is co-commissioned by Lancôme.

The world premiere of Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice is presented from June 10-19 in the Wintergarden Lobby at 225 King Street West. Free.

Lunchtime Conversations
As part of Luminato’s Illuminations series, free lunchtime talks offer enlightening insights into Festival programming—straight from the artists themselves. From directing modern takes on old stories, to creating new works of art, Luminato’s artists, authors and directors express how they develop their creative perspectives. The full list of Lunchtime Conversations will be available in April at

Lunchtime Conversations take place from June 10-19 at 12 PM, at Chapters Festival Hall, 142 John Street, and are produced in partnership with Indigo Books and Music Inc. Free.

Lunchtime Conversations: Visual Arts
Sunday, June 12: Sargasso
Pioneering architect Philip Beesley, who effected a stunning transformation of the Canada Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale in Architecture, talks about his latest large-scale animated installation in Brookfield Place.

Tuesday, June 14: Habit
Meet Berlin-Based Director David Levine in a discussion about his new work Habit and his other projects that explore the relationships between performance and installation. Commissioned by Luminato.


Popular posts from this blog

Film News - imagineNATIVE Embargo Collective at the Berlin Film Fest

Hot Off the Presses:
(and gosh, doesn't that expression sound quaint these days?)

to have its European Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2010
(Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 11.-21.02.10)

(Toronto, February 3rd, 2010) The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is pleased to announce the official selection of the festival’s Embargo Collective programme for the Forum Expanded section of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. This programme of works was commissioned by the imagineNATIVE festival for its 10th anniversary and will have its European premiere Monday, February 15th, 8.30pm at Cinema Arsenal 2 and a repeat screening Wednesday, February 17th, 4pm at CinemaxX 6.

Curated by imagineNATIVE’s Artistic Director Danis Goulet, the Embargo Collective is an international group of seven Indigenous artists at the forefront of the changing global landscape of Indigenous cinema. Inspired by Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructi…

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Guitar Rock | Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds Independent: May 31, 2019

Guitar Rock
Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds
Independent: May 31, 2019
Stream/Buy on Bandcamp
Stream it on Spotify

With tight musicians and intriguing lyrics, Happy Freuds delivers high energy guitar rock with stylistic flair on Echo Of Sounds, their debut release. Produced with a minimum of overdubs or fixes, the album consists of a mix of original material, rearrangements of works from others and selected, less known, classic rock.

A kinetic rhythm section is the bones of the music, offering interesting patterns that augment sometimes unexpected harmonic changes. It's brainy rock, in other words, meant for music lovers who can appreciate the quality. Teo's vocals are raspy and expressive, growly when necessary - perfect for the musical mode. Teo also covers lead guitar, adapt at ear worm leads, with a tone that can be clean or dirty as required

Their sound ranges from straight up hard rock in tracks like The Mountain to the pop-flavoured acoustic Background Noise and folky To …