If imagination is the core of the soul, then Toronto’s spirit is strong indeed, and on full display during Luminato. This annual celebration of arts and creativity brings to the city an international array of theatrical and dance performances, world-music concerts, visual art displays, literary events and much more—all of which you can read about here daily. Expand your horizons and imagine new heights; for 10 days in Toronto, anything is possible.
TODAY’S TOP TICKET
WORLD OF WONDER Quick! Put these guys on an urban planning committee! With its Wish Come True Festival, Miami-based design collective FriendsWithYou creates for Toronto a utopia of inflatable totems, bouncy castles and candy-coloured characters. This “Rainbow City” is sure to arouse warm and fuzzy feelings in all who enter its whimsical realm. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., free.
MORE MUST-SEE SHOWS
>> Pay tribute to Luminato co-founder David Pecaut by viewing the Atom Egoyan–curated film installation Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)/Light Air. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free.
>> Art, fashion and beauty are woven into the world-renowned stitch works of Canadian Mark Fast’s Luminato-exclusive display. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., all day, free
>> Reflect on your life’s journey aboard a 30-foot Chinese junk, salvaged by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller with the intent of examining artists’ and writers’ fascination with the image of an uncaptained Ship O’ Fools. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., free.
>> Help push some boundaries at the Waves Festival, which fills every nook and cranny of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts with theatre, dance, music and artwork. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St. 6 to 10 p.m., free.
>> Three points of view merge in The Africa Trilogy, an exploration of East meets West uniting playwrights, directors and performers who ask: How do we see each other? Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay W., 7 p.m., $30 to $45.
>> The birth and death of a monumental structure in Sarnia inspires Homage, a theatrical tribute to the poignancy of artwork. Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E., 8 p.m., $35.
>> Rufus Wainwright’s compelling opera, Prima Donna, is back for its penultimate performance. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 7:30 p.m., $50 to $200.
>> Audience members—along with real-life gamers and game designers—help bring the theatrical production Best Before to life with the help of representative avatars. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., 8 p.m., $35.
>> Looks can be deceiving in Masters of Magic, starring top magicians Mac King, Max Maven, Bob Sheets and Juan Tamariz. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., 8 p.m., $35 to $45.
>> Arab dance and music tell the tale of Julia Domna—wife of a Roman emperor and descendant of Syrian kings, doomed to tragedy yet brilliant in her majesty. MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park, 8 p.m., $35.
Purchase Luminato tickets daily at the T.O. Tix booth, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.