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
MERCURIAL MUSE It’s hard not to think that Rufus Wainwright’s career has been but a dress rehearsal for Prima Donna, such is the hype surrounding its North American debut. Known for his operatic take on pop music, the composer now offers a true French opera, in which a retired soprano, inflamed by new romance, ponders a return to the stage. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 7:30 p.m., $50 to $200.
AUTHOR, AUTHOR! You can judge this event by its title: Monday Night Fiction offers two separate discussions with leading writers Ben Okri and Roddy Doyle. A British-educated Nigerian, Okri weaves the oft-contrasting perspectives of these nations into a vivid literary tapestry. Doyle, the Irish iconoclast, debuts his latest novel, The Dead Republic. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. (Okri); Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. E. (Doyle), both at 7:30 p.m., $25.
MORE MUST-SEE SHOWS
>> Pay tribute to Luminato co-founder David Pecaut, who succumbed to cancer last December, by viewing the Atom Egoyan–curated film installation Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)/Light Air. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., 11 a.m. to 5 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.
>> Board a 30-foot Chinese junk as Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller explore 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.
>> One Pure Longing performer and director Erika Batdorf explains the inspiration for her work in a Lunchtime Conversation at Roots (2nd floor), 100 Bloor St. W., 12:30 p.m., free.
>> Swing your hips like Bollywood divas at this evening’s Light on Your Feet dance party. Yonge-Dundas Square, 7 to 11 p.m., free.
>> A powerful act is commemorated in One Pure Longing: Táhirih’s Search, which recounts through dance, poetry and music the execution of a 19th-century Persian woman who refused to wear a veil. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 8 p.m., $35.
Purchase Luminato tickets daily at the T.O. Tix booth, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.