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Luminato To-Do, Day Two

Luminato’s opening weekend continues with music, dance, art and much more.

Jacob Abrahamse as Stephen, the holy child, in <i>The Children's Crusade</i> (photo by Steve Wilkie).

Jacob Abrahamse as Stephen, the holy child, in The Children's Crusade (photo by Steve Wilkie).


The Children’s Crusade
Marvel at the world premiere of a Luminato-commissioned opera renowned composer R. Murray Schafer. Based on a horrific (and historically disputed) 13th-century escapade when thousands of children are said to have joined an ill-fated journey to the Holy Land, the show features a cast of more than 100, including many members of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. Performed before a standing audience in a warehouse “theatre,” this is a musical crusade you won’t want to miss.
153 Dufferin St., 8 p.m., $40.

Family Dance Party
Are there any budding guitarists in your family? Why not take them to Yonge-Dundas Square for the Family Dance Party, a free event celebrating guitar music. Show off your shredding skills during air guitar lessons, or partake in some guitar-inspired craftmaking. Rock on!
Yonge-Dundas Square, 11 a.m., free.

Tony Oursler
One of North America’s preeminent multimedia artists, Tony Oursler, has taken over Grange Park with a fascinating—and potentially disturbing—installation. His latest public piece deals with modes of communication and the ways in which we connect through mass culture, among other things.
Grange Park (McCaul & Dundas streets, just south of the Art Gallery of Ontario), for the duration of Luminato, free.

The Great Canadian Tune
Visit the festival’s hub to witness—or better yet, be a part of—Guiness World Record history. Here, guitarists from far and wide are invited to assemble and strum Neil Young’s classic “Helpless,” in what may turn out to be the world’s biggest jam session; only 1,803 players are needed to beat the current record-holder, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. Win or lose, it’s bound to be a great time.
Yonge-Dundas Square, 2 p.m., free.

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