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 TICKETS
THE POWER OF THREE An international assemblage of playwrights, directors and performers attempt to bridge the East-West divide in The Africa Trilogy—three experimental plays that deconstruct cross-continental relationships by asking how we see each other and, just as crucially, how we see ourselves. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., 7 p.m., $30 to $45.
NEW MOVES The interactive dance lesson cum flash mob Light On Your Feet offers its final night of fleet-footed fun. Over the past few days, dancing queens took centre stage for flamboyantly themed evenings that honoured divas of several stripes—from luscious Latinas to Bollywood superstars. Tonight’s music and dancing session culminates in an “Ultimate ’80s Dance Party.” Yonge-Dundas Square, southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas streets, 7 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.
>> He was only 12 when he hatched his dream to become a fashion designer; now Canadian Mark Fast’s knitwear is known the world over. A Luminato-exclusive showcase of his couture is currently on 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
>> Delve further into Luminato’s East/West theme with Canadian poet and playwright George Elliott Clarke in a lunchtime conversations on “Africadian” Literature. Roots (2nd floor), 100 Bloor St. W., 12:30 p.m., free.
>> Celebrated author Azar Nafisi—known for her book Reading Lolita in Tehran—offers insightful discussion on the contrasts and similarities between East and West in Reading and Writing Iran. Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal JCC), 750 Spadina Ave., 7:30 p.m., $15.
Purchase Luminato tickets daily at the T.O. Tix booth, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.