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18 Best-Bet Events for Toronto’s Luminato Arts Festival

The War of 1812 marks its bicentennial this year and Luminato pays homage with themed cultural events (marked with ).

Where’s Top Picks for 2012


Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's 1976 Einstein on the Beach is introduced to new audiences.

Wednesday June 6–Saturday, June 10

Truth and myth are dissected in Laura’s Cow, a new operatic exploration of the heroic actions of Laura Secord during the War of 1812.

Friday, June 8

Canadian rapper K’Naan, of “Wavin’ Flag” fame, kicks off opening night with a free concert at David Pecaut Square.

Friday, June 8–Sunday, June 10

Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s operatic masterpiece Einstein on the Beach is resurrected after a 20-year silence, with choreography by Lucinda Childs complementing the work’s music and poetry.

Saturday, June 9

Toronto’s own Stewart Goodyear attempts a prodigious feat: playing all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in a single day in the order they were composed.

Friday, June 15

Rufus and Martha Wainwright, along with their aunts Anna and Jane McGarrigle, join an all-star cast that includes Emmylou Harris, Jane Siberry, Bruce Cockburn, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Amy Millan, to pay tribute to their late mother, songwriter Kate McGarrigle, in Love Over and Over: The Songs of Kate McGarrigle.

Sunday, June 17

Philip Glass, a long-time Luminato favourite, has been tapped to compose a new work, Overture for 2012, for a Symphonic Finale. Performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra simultaneously with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra—the American city suffered heavy losses as a result of the war—the piece offers a response to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which will also played in the free closing night concert. Free.

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