Today marks the beginning of Luminato, Toronto’s annual, brazenly progressive festival of the arts and creativity. With more than 100 events happening across the city—many of the free—you’ll have plenty of options for entertainment and enlightenment. Check back here for daily festival highlights from the editors of Where.
FRIDAY JUNE 5
First Night with Randy Bachman
What better way to kick-start the festival than a free concert by the guitar-slinging king of Canadian rock, Randy Bachman? The founding member of the legendary bands The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive jams well into the evening, along with special guests Digging Roots and The Canadian Tenors. Taking care of business, indeed.
Yonge-Dundas Square, 7 p.m., free.
Danny Clinch, Ralph Gibson and Andy Summers—yes, that Andy Summers —all share a passion for music and Leica cameras. Their large-scale photographs depicting the life of a musician surround Luminato’s Yonge-Dundas Square hub and offer a visual cue to this year’s festival-wide celebration of the guitar.
Yonge-Dundas Square (southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas streets), for the duration of the festival, free
Three Girls and Their Buddy
Continuing the melodious vibe is a one-night-only affair featuring renowned country and folk singers Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin, accompanied by “their” Buddy Miller on guitar. Snag a seat and enjoy the show at Massey Hall, the city’s most venerable concert venue.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria St.), 8 p.m. $59.50-$79.50.
The Redball Project Toronto
A worldwide art sensation rolls into Toronto, and today finds a temporary resting place at Nathan Phillips Square. It may look like an ordinary 15-foot orb (if that can be considered ordinary), but Kurt Perschke’s installation promises to make you visualize urban space as you never have before. Touch it, run around it, and by all means, photograph it. Then follow the bouncing ball as it moves each day to different locations throughout the city.
Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.), for the duration of the festival, free.