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
THIS WOMAN’S WORK Sensual colours and kinetic motion are visual metaphors for the passionate and multifaceted title character of Julia Domna. Staged by Enana Dance Theatre, this intoxicating production blends traditional and contemporary Arab dance and music to tell the story of second-century Syrian woman who would become an empress of Rome. MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park, Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., $35.
FESTIVAL FEAST In between enjoying Luminato’s sights and attractions, there’s something nice about grabbing easy, inexpensive street food from a corner vendor—even better when it’s fresh from a bona fide gourmet chef. The closing weekend of Luminato brings some of Hogtown’s top restaurants and cooks out of the kitchen and on to the sidewalk for 1,000 Tastes of Toronto. More than 40 diverse restaurants offer an alfresco celebration of culinary creativity that’s sure to suit everyone’s tastes. Queen’s Park, noon to 9 p.m.
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.
>> Experience a candy-coloured wonderland in the heart of Toronto: Miami-based art collective FriendsWithYou transforms the city centre into a “Rainbow City” with bouncing castles, giant totems and all-around warm feelings for its Wish Come True Festival. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., free.
>> He was only 12 when he hatched his dream of becoming a fashion designer; now Canadian Mark Fast’s knitwear is known the world over. A Luminato-exclusive showcase of his couture is on display today. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., all day, free.
>> Step on to a 30-foot Chinese junk and reflect upon life aboard the uncaptained Ship O’ Fools. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., free.
>> Meet the masterminds behind the Wish Come True Festival‘s creative dreamland in a Lunchtime Conversation. Roots (2nd floor), 100 Bloor St. W., 12:30 p.m., free.
>> Everyone’s talking about the future of books, including four well-known writers. They’ll be examining Fiction in the Age of E-Books today. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., 1 p.m., $15.
>> Three points of view merge in The Africa Trilogy, an East-meets-West exploration that unites playwrights, directors and performers with the question: How do we see each other? Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay W., 7 p.m., $30 to $45.
>> 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.
>> The birth and death of a monumental structure in Sarnia inspires Homage, a theatrical tribute to the poignancy of artwork. The Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E., 8 p.m., $35.
>> All day long, Queen’s Park plays host to the National Bank Festival: Global Divas and Global Blues, featuring female vocalists such as Creole jazz singer Carmen Souza. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, 1 to 11 p.m., free.
>> Push 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. 2 to 10 p.m., free.
>> 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.
>> It’s your last opportunity to see Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna opera—a spellbinding story of an aging soprano and a dangerous romance. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 7:30 p.m., $50 to $200.
>> The masterful music of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a city experience not to be missed. The renowned ensemble performs Beethoven’s thrilling Symphony no. 9 tonight! Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 11 p.m., $20 to $69.
Purchase Luminato tickets daily at the T.O. Tix booth, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.