• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom

Danny Clinch

Luminato To-Do, Day One

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.

Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman kicks off Luminato with a free concert (photo by Greg Malo).

Randy Bachman kicks off Luminato with a free concert (photo by Greg Malo).

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.

Shadow Notes
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.

Luminato Preview—Visual Art Abounds

Free public art installations have always been important pillars of Luminato’s programming, and this year is no exception. On display for the duration of the festival, these visual arts encounters are as inventive as they are unavoidable.

David Rockebys Long Wave installation is part of Luminatos Communication/Environment art programming (photo by Craig Moy).

David Rockeby's Long Wave installation (photo by Craig Moy).

1. Communication/Environment examines physical responses to invisible stimuli (such as sound or electromagnetic radiation) in three projects, including Long Wave, a large-scale installation at Brookfield Place (181 Bay St.) by Toronto artist David Rockeby, which deconstructs the image of a sine wave.

2. Don’t be startled by the giant sphere looming over you. This isn’t an episode of The Prisoner, but Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project Toronto, which places, well, an oversized orb around the city to foster creative engagement with public spaces and landmarks.


The RedBall Project rolled up to Torontos Old City Hall (photo by Craig Moy).

The RedBall Project rolled up to Toronto's Old City Hall (photo by Craig Moy).

3. The festival’s affection for the guitar is visually manifested in Shadow Notes, an exhibition at Yonge-Dundas Square that features huge music-related photographs by famed shooters Danny Clinch, Ralph Gibson and Police guitarist Andy Summers.

4. The compelling—some might say unsettling—work of pioneering American new-media artist Tony Oursler finds a temporary home at Grange Park, directly south of the newly renovated Art Gallery of Ontario.